The Basilian novitiate in Houston, Texas welcomed four novices in August 2019. They will spend one year and a day, as prescribed by canon law, away from friends, family, work, and most things familiar to everyday life so that they may build a strong foundation of prayer and spirituality for the rest of their life as a Basilian. Father Paul English, CSB, director of novices, describes their routine and some of their upcoming events: Days are fairly regular for the novices in Houston. Each morning starts with 45 minutes of silent prayer in the Novitiate oratory, followed by Morning Prayer.... Read More.
To meet the needs of the growing Basilian community in Mexico, the Congregation began searching for a permanent home for its men in formation. In 2017, the Basilians purchased a building that had operated as a convent for the Hermanas de la Caridad de Santa Anato to serve as their new scholasticate in Mexico. Now that the renovations are complete, the scholasticate is home to two priests, two scholastics, and five associates. It is located in Mexico City, near the university where the Basilian scholastics study, and features a Chapel, kitchen, patio, private bedrooms, and plenty of communal spaces to foster fellowship among... Read More.
On September 8, God called the parishioners of Assumption Church in Windsor, Ontario back home as Mass was celebrated for the first time in the historic church in almost five years. The Mass was presided by Bishop Ronald Fabbro, CSB and concelebrated by Fathers Maurice Restivo, CSB, parish pastor; Steven Huber, CSB; Mark Gazin, CSB; Kevin Mannara, CSB; Paul McGill, CSB; Don McLeod, CSB; Leo Walsh, CSB; and John Wheeler, CSB. The Mass was followed by a picnic on the grounds. Father Restivo described the feeling of being back in his Parish’s home as, “surreal, I couldn’t believe it was... Read More.
St. John Fisher College community recognized its longest-serving campus minister by naming its campus ministry center in honour of Father Joe Trovato, CSB. The official dedication took place on Sunday, September 22 during the College’s annual Homecoming and Family Weekend in Rochester, New York. Mass was presided over by Father Ted Baezinger, CSB, and concelebrants: Fathers Joe Trovato, CSB; Kevin Mannara, CSB, director of campus ministry at Fisher; Al Cylwicki, CSB; Edward Heidt, CSB; Jim Murphy, CSB; Dennis Noelke, CSB; and Norman Tanck, CSB. Following Mass, Basilian Fathers and St. John Fisher College alumni, students, and community members gathered in... Read More.
The new campus ministry center at St. John Fisher College is being named in honour of Fr. Joe Trovato, CSB. On Thursday, August 22, 2019 Dr. and Mrs. Gerry Rooney hosted a dinner at the President’s House in Fr. Tovato's honour to make the announcement. In attendance were Fr. Kevin Mannara, CSB, Fr. Al Cylwicki, CSB, Fr. Tom Dugan, CSB, Fr. Dennis Noelke, CSB, several Basilian Lay Associates, the vice-chair of the SJFC Board of Trustees, and the Center's donors. This gift is being funded by the Mendick Family Foundation. The dedication of the Fr. Joseph A. Trovato, CSB Campus... Read More.
The Basilian Fathers are celebrating four new novices; David Semivule, Charles Borromeo, Patrick O'Brien and Sean Ajluni. On August 7, 2019, at the Holy Name Retreat Center in Houston, TX, Father Paul English, CSB, the novice master, received their commitment and assistant novice master, Father Ted Baenziger, CSB presided at the Eucharist. Photo, Left to Right: David Semivule, Charles Borromeo, Patrick O’Brien, Sean Ajluni, Paul English CSB (Director of Novice), Ted Baenziger CSB (Assistant Director of Novices) ... Read More.
On July 17, 2019 six new novices joined the community of Basilian Fathers in Mexico in the Parish of San Lorenzo. The novices will spend their time in the novitiate growing spiritually before God and in the Basilian community. They will discern their religious vocation, and learn to live with their brothers in a life of religious chastity, poverty and obedience. To assist novices in their spiritual growth, a program is provided which includes Scripture, liturgy, spirituality, theological instruction and the study of the history, traditions and customs of the Congregation. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="236" gal_title="Six New Novices Mexico"]... Read More.
The Congregation of St. Basil gathered in Tehuacán, Puebla, México, at the parish of San Lorenzo Diácono y Mártir to celebrate the ordination to the priesthood of Father Arturo Juan Jerónimo Cisnernos, CSB on Saturday, July 13, 2019. In the presence of his Basilian confrères, Basilian associates, parishioners, and family members, he was ordained by Bishop Ricardo Ramírez, CSB, Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces, NM. Fr. Arturo Jerónimo Cisneros will be the Assistant Director of Novices at the Basilian Novitiate in Tehuacán and he will teach a course in the Diocesan Seminary in Tehuacán. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="234" gal_title="AJC Ordination"]... Read More.
From June 16 through June 22 the Basilian Fathers in Colombia held their annual retreat at Casa Villa Asís, a Franciscan Retreat House in Jamundí a town in the Valle de Cauca. The retreat director for the Basilians was Father Federico Carrasquilla of the Archdiocese of Medellín. He holds degrees from the Gregorian University in Rome and Louvain in Belgium. He taught in the Archdiocesan Seminary in Medellín and in the Pontifical Bolivarian University. For many years he has served as pastor of the Barrio Popular, a very poor area in Medellín. He accompanies the poorest inhabitants of the city... Read More.
On April 30 2019, the Fine Arts Building for the Instituto Nuestra Señora de la Asunción was opened. The Center will offer opportunities to learn band and choral music, folkloric, ballet, flamenco dance, and theater to the students and surrounding neighbourhood. The Instituto Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (INSA), is an Educational Community, that was founded on October 4, 1992 in Cali, Colombia. Located in the Andrés Sanín neighborhood, the Institute primarily serves the poorest areas of the city. INSA, is a family-centered Catholic school for formal, preschool, basic and middle education. It is a high quality private educational institution,... Read More.
Eduardo Rivera, CSB professed his final vows to Father Kevin Storey, CSB, Superior General of the Basilian Fathers, in the Chapel of St. Basil at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX on May 17, 2019. He was ordained to the Diaconate with the laying on of hands by Bishop George Sheltz, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston on May 18, 2019 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, TX. Many Basilians from the Houston area and beyond, as well as many members of his family and friends, attended both liturgies. The following day, Deacon Rivera... Read More.
Left to Right: Dr. David Sylvester, Fr. Kevin Storey, CSB, President Meric Gertler, and Father T. Allan Smith, CSB The University of Toronto celebrated their donors past and present at their Chancellors Circle of Benefactors Dinner on May 1, 2019. Father Kevin Storey, CSB, Superior General of the Basilian Fathers, Father T. Allan Smith, CSB and Dr. David Sylvester, President of the University of St. Michael’s College (USMC), attended the dinner to represent the Basilians and Faculty of Theology. U of T President, Meric Gertler, recognized The Congregation of St. Basil as one of the five new members of the Chancellors... Read More.
Beginning March 26th, 2019 and concluding March 28th the Basilians gathered for their Superiors and Rectors Workshop at Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center in Houston, Texas. The workshop was held with the goal of building unity and fraternity amongst the Basilian houses. The local government of the Basilian communities aim to coordinate the efforts of all its members in the creation of an atmosphere which will foster the Christian life lived in accordance with the evangelical counsels, and Basilian charisms. The Superiors and Rectors met on topics concerning the spiritual and physical well-being of its members in the context of... Read More.
The members of the Congregation of St. Basil (the Basilian Fathers) are aware of the recent reports regarding plagiarism by our brother, Father Thomas Rosica, CSB. Plagiarism of any kind is wrong. When it is committed knowingly it rises to the level of a moral offense. As a community of Catholic educators we condemn it, without qualification. At the same time, we embrace our brother despite this failing for which he has taken full responsibility. With him, we apologize to those who have been offended by the misuse of their literary gifts.... Read More.
On February 9, 2019, the Congregation of St. Basil celebrated the ordination of Steven Huber, CSB. Most Reverend Ricardo Ramirez, CSB, Bishop of Las Cruces, presided at the Mass of Ordination, held at Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Church, in Albuquerque, NM. Watch Fr. Steven Huber's Ordination The next day, Sunday, February 10, 2019, Father Steven Huber, CSB, celebrated his First Mass of Thanksgiving at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Albuquerque, NM. Father Chris Valka, CSB, Chaplain at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, was the Homilist. Watch Fr. Steven Huber's First Mass The following is... Read More.