St. John Fisher College community celebrated the 90th birthday of two beloved and local Basilians, Father Joseph Trovato, CSB and Father Thomas Dugan, CSB, during the weekend of February 22 and 23 in Rochester, New York. There was standing room only in the Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great for the Mass of Thanksgiving to celebrate Father Trovato's birthday on Sunday, February 23. Father Paul English, CSB presided and concelebrants were Father Dugan, Father Al Cylwick, CSB, Father Kevin Mannara, CSB, Father Morgan Rice, CSB, Father Norman Tanck, CSB, and Father Trovato. Father Tanck preached and in his... Read More.
The Basilian Network for Education and the New Evangelization (BNENE) brought together presidents and principals of the three North American Basilian high schools as part of ongoing formation on the Basilian approach to Catholic education. The BNENE Committee determined it was important to have the presidents and principals meet on an annual basis to provide an opportunity to get to know one another and engage in dialogue on the issues they face. “Through these meetings, our goal is to establish a strong network of administrators at our three North American high schools that can provide support and fraternity among themselves... Read More.
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 English-speaking novices, shares some of this month's highlights: Another month has come and gone at the novitiate in Houston, Texas. This month, the novices had the opportunity to meditate on the call to care for the... Read More.
Houston Basilian Lay Associates welcomed Elizabeth Edwards, Sandi Hedrick, and Tom Hedrick, who made their first commitment to the Congregation. The community celebrated the commitment with a Mass held at St. Anne Parish on the Feast of St. Basil, January 2 and Father David Zapalac, CSB, Houston area ordained coordinator, was the celebrant. Sandi and Tom Hedrick have known the Basilians throughout their entire lives: both are lifelong members of St. Anne Parish, Tom attended St. Thomas High School and they often hosted Tom’s step brother, Father Robert Power, CSB. “My husband and I are recently retired with more time... Read More.
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, shares how the holidays are celebrated in the novitiate: The English-speaking Basilian novices continued to follow their daily and weekly schedule of prayer, common life, meals, and manual labor. The first several months together were... Read More.
The Congregation of St. Basil celebrated its patron saint’s feast day with the priestly ordinations of Father Carlos Rodríguez, CSB, Father Javier Higuera, CSB, and Father Eduard Padílla, CSB in Medellín, Colombia. The ordinations took place in Parroquia San Basilio, which is situated on a mountain overlooking the city of Medellín, in the presence of their Basilian confrères, many of whom travelled to take part in the celebrations, including members of the General Council: Father Kevin Storey, CSB, superior general; Father John Huber, CSB; and Father Morgan Rice, CSB. Also in attendance were families and friends of each of the... Read More.
This month, five Basilians are celebrating their golden jubilee of ordination. Father Vincent Dulock, CSB, Father Neil Hibberd, CSB, Father Gordon Judd, CSB, Father Robert Seguin, CSB, and Father Gordon Walker, CSB are each celebrating 50 years of ministry as Basilian Fathers. Father Neil Hibberd, CSB was ordained a priest in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Rochester, New York on December 13, 1969. He began his ministry teaching with appointments at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto, Ontario and St. Charles College in Sudbury, Ontario. He also spent a number of years in Windsor, Ontario where he... Read More.
On November 30, Father Vincent Dulock, CSB celebrated 50 years of priestly ministry surrounded by those he has served over the years. The celebrations began with Mass held at St. Anne’s Church in Houston, Texas. Father Kevin Storey, CSB, superior general of the Congregation, presided and was joined by Basilians from the Houston area. Family and friends from all over the United States traveled to be a part of the celebrations. The Mass was followed by a reception held in the Parish Hall. Father Dulock grew up in a Catholic family as one of six children of Victor August Dulock... Read More.
Basilian novices in Tehuacán, Mexico welcomed Basilian novices from Bogotá and Houston in advance of the Feast of the Presentation of Mary on November 21. Novices from all the three novitiates celebrated the founding of the Congregation as one as part of the first ever Basilian Novice Gathering from November 19-22. Basilian novices had an opportunity to get to know their brothers at an important step in their formation process. In attendance were two novices from Colombia, three from the United States, six novices from Mexico, and Basilian Fathers: Father Robert Barringer, CSB (Colombian novice master), Father Paul English, CSB... Read More.
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.