Father Bob's Bookshelf

by Father Robert Holmes, CSB Two important reads during these “Black Lives Matter” days. My reflections are not so much a review of these books as a naming of a few of the learnings shared on the realities of white privilege and the difficult journey of practicing revolutionary love. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, a white consultant and trainer on issues of racial justice, explains the challenges of talking to White People about racism. White folk consider their reality as normal, and in the United States, as a national identity. They often become defensive when white privilege is brought up... Read More.

Father Maurice Restivo, CSB Heads Family of Parishes in Diocese of London

St. Angela Merici Church, Assumption Church and St. Alphonsus

Father Maurice Restivo, CSB will serve as pastor of the newly formed Windsor Heritage Catholic Family of Parishes; this restructuring brings together some of the most historically significant parishes in the Diocese of London. The parishes of Assumption, St. Alphonsus, and St. Angela Merici and communities of St. Daniel Comboni African Catholic Community and St. Benedict Tridentine Catholic Community will each keep their own identity while the pastoral team will be shared among communities. The Diocese of London adopted the family of parishes model in 2017 to address the reality of fewer available priests. It was announced in December 2019... Read More.

Basilian Novices Profess First Religious Vows in Houston, Texas

On Saturday, August 8, two Basilian novices professed their first religious vows in the Chapel of St. Basil at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Sean Patrick Ajluni, CSB and David Francis Semivule, CSB pledged to live for three years in poverty, chastity, and obedience. The vows are a public commitment to religious life and were received by Father John Huber, CSB, second councilor of the General Council. The Profession of First Vows was witnessed by the Basilian Fathers of Houston and family and friends of Sean and David and many more tuned in online as the Mass... Read More.

Basilian Novices Prepare for First Profession of Vows

Sean Patrick Ajluni, Father John Markey, OP, David Semivule

The Basilian novices in North America are on retreat this week in preparation for their First Profession of Vows on Saturday, August 8, in Houston, Texas. Members of the novitiate house are joined by Father John Markey, OP who is preaching at the retreat held at the Spiritual Renewal Center in the Diocese of Victoria, Texas. The schedule includes two conferences each day along with time for prayer, recreation, reading, and the Eucharist. The Basilian novices reflect on their novitiate experiences: “I am Sean Patrick Ajluni. I was born and raised in Metro-Detroit and I met the Basilians at Catholic... Read More.

Basilian Novices in Mexico Declare their First Profession of Vows

On Saturday, July 18, six novices professed their first vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in San Lorenzo Teotipilco Tehuacán, Puebla, México. The vows of Erick De Jesús Enríquez Gutiérrez, CSB, José Adán Gómez Villalvazo, CSB, Óscar Martínez Ávila, CSB, José de Jesús Rodríguez Pérez, CSB, Lauro Sánchez Sánchez, CSB, and Juan Ángel Vivas García, CSB were received by Father Paul Walsh, CSB, superior of Mexico. Father Walsh presided and Father Beto Rojas, CSB, director of novices in Mexico, preached at the Mass. The first profession marks the end of the novitiate year and these six young men now enter... Read More.

Basilian Novices in Mexico Minister to Many Despite Social Distancing Restrictions

The Basilian novitiate in Tehuacán, Mexico opened its doors to the current novice class on July 17, 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 Beto Rojas, CSB, director of novices in Mexico, shares this update of events in the novitiate: In this time of COVID-19 we have had the opportunity to adapt our novitiate experience in the face of... Read More.

St. John Fisher Celebrates Two 60th Jubilees of Ordination to the Priesthood

The St. John Fisher College community celebrated the 60th anniversaries of priestly ordination of two beloved priests who reside in Rochester, New York. On Monday, June 29, Father Al Cylwicki, CSB and Father Tom Dugan, CSB were visited by Father Kevin Mannara, CSB, campus minister, and Dr. Gerard Rooney, president of St. John Fisher College. Dr. Rooney presented gifts to the Fathers of beautiful damask stoles embroidered with their names and anniversary date. Dr. Rooney also presented Father Cylwicki with a booklet of greetings from former students that was compiled by the College's Alumni Office. Father Cylwicki spent over 20... Read More.

Basilian High Schools Transition to Distance Learning

Father Murphy Celebrates Mass through Livestream throughout the lockdown

When the Coronavirus pandemic hit North America in March, schools were closed and administrators and faculty of the Basilian high schools rose to the challenge of providing a Basilian education online. With the end of the school year, administrators at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto, Ontario; St. Thomas High School in Houston, Texas; and Detroit Catholic Central in Detroit, Michigan reflect on their experiences with distance learning. When transitioning to online learning, each school built upon technology that was already integrated in their classrooms and provided teachers with professional development. Teachers and students adapted quickly to a remote classroom... Read More.

Father Eduardo Rivera, CSB Celebrates his First Mass

As the Church celebrated the Ascension of the Lord, Father Eduardo Rivera, CSB celebrated his first Mass at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas on Sunday, May 24. Father Ignacio Olvera Ortiz, a priest with the Diocese of Dallas, gave the homily and shared a story of a student who connected the Ascension of the Lord into Heaven with Jesus working from home: a timely analogy when many are working and learning at home. He was joined by Basilian Fathers and men in formation from the local community in a private Mass to ensure social distancing. Many more... Read More.

Novices Discover Novitiate Life is Not that Different from Social Distancing

Novices working in the garden

The Basilian novitiate in Houston, Texas welcomed 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 recent highlights: The prayers of the Basilian novices in Houston and of their formators are with people around the world affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The novitiate community is most acutely aware that... Read More.

Basilian Fathers Celebrate the Priestly Ordination of Father Eduardo Rivera, CSB

On May 23, 2020, the Congregation of St. Basil, also known as the Basilian Fathers, celebrated the ordination of Father Eduardo Rivera, CSB. Bishop George Sheltz, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, presided at the Mass of Ordination, held at St. Anne Church in Houston, Texas at 10 a.m. CST. “Each ordination is a cause for our community to come together in celebration and even though we can’t be together physically due to restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we are nonetheless overjoyed to support Eduardo as he embarks on his priestly ministry,” said Very Reverend Kevin Storey, CSB, Superior General of... Read More.

Basilian Novices in Mexico Begin Pastoral Experience

Residents of the Mexican Novititate

The Basilian novitiate in Tehuacán, Mexico welcomed six novices on July 17, 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 Beto Rojas, CSB, director of novices in Mexico, shares this update of events in the novitiate: Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Basilian novices in Mexico began their pastoral experience while maintaining the atmosphere of the novitiate by staying faithful... Read More.

Embracing Hope this Easter Week, Reflection by Father Dennis Noelke, CSB

Father Dennis Noelke, CSB, fourth councilor, offers this reflection on embracing hope this Easter week: On February 26, we began our Lenten journey of 2020. We were signed with ashes as a symbol of our willingness to embark on this journey supported by our traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and good works. A few weeks into the journey, it took an unexpected and never before experienced turn for all of us as we were made aware of the quickly spreading Coronavirus. For me, the traditional practices took on new meaning. Prayer intensified and was focused on seeking God’s... Read More.

Basilian Scholastic Invested with Ministry of Lector in Mexico and Associates Welcomed into the Congregation

On Monday, March 16, the Basilian community in Mexico gathered at the Violetas Provicialate house in Puebla to celebrate two important milestones in the Basilian men in formation's journeys toward priesthood. Father Alejandro Estrada, CSB, second councillor in Mexico, presided over the Mass and preached; and Father Paul Walsh, CSB, director of scholastics in Mexico, installed a Basilian scholastic with minor ministry and formally welcomed the associates in Mexico into the Congregation. Basilian scholastic, Antonio Ibáñez, CSB, was invested with the Minor Ministry of Lector. Prior to ordination to the priesthood, the Church calls young men to the ministries of... Read More.

Basilians Embrace Technology During COVID-19 Lockdown

Basilians have embraced technology to reach their followers during the COVID-19 lockdowns. You can join Basilians as they continue to celebrate Mass while following social distancing measures at their apostolates at the following links: Assumption Catholic Parish While daily Masses have been suspended at Assumption Catholic Parish in Windsor Ontario, parish priests continue to say Daily Mass, Monday to Friday at 8 a.m. and Sunday Mass at 11 a.m. Visit the Assumption Church YouTube Channel to watch. Parish of St. Alphonsus and St. Clare The Basilian Fathers of Edmonton celebrate Mass at the Parish of St. Alphonsus and St. Clare... Read More.