Media Statement Regarding Serious Incidents at St. Michael's College School

St. Michael's College School in Toronto is the first foundation of the Basilian Fathers in North America. We are deeply saddened and troubled by the events that have come to light over the past days. Our primary concern in all of this situation is the protection of students, young people and vulnerable persons. We are working closely with the school officials and police authorities to establish a timeline of the events of this very sad situation. The school will issue statements when all information has been gathered. For media inquiries related to this issue, please contact: Father Thomas Rosica, CSB... Read More.

CFBC Employee Appreciation Party

On October 5, 2018 the Basilian Fathers who reside at the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre came together with the staff to give thanks for the care they have received and the friendships that have been made over the years. Anglin and Orsini houses will be moving to Presentation Manor, a home for retired religious sisters, brothers and priests, in the east end of Toronto. The mission of the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre employees has been to work together to achieve one goal everyday – the spiritual and emotional nourishment, physical comfort, and safety of the residents and staff. “I can’t... Read More.

2018 Synod of Bishops: Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment

From October 3-28, 2018 Catholic Bishops from around the world gathered in Rome for the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” This Synod included the voices of young people, who were invited to take part in the Synod of Bishops. For the first time in the history of the Synod of Bishops, young adults addressed the Synodal Assembly and took part in all small group discussions. Father Thomas Rosica, CSB, CEO of Salt and Light TV, was appointed by the Vatican to the Synod's Commission for Information and worked... Read More.

Father Kevin Storey, CSB visits the Basilians in Medellín

Father Kevin Storey, CSB visited the Basilians in Medellín, Colombia. The Parish of St. Basil attends to the faith community of the surrounding barrios, and is also the Scholasticate for the Congregation in Colombia. The life of this local house revolves around service in the parish and formation of the scholastics. The Congregation of the Basilian Fathers arrived in Colombia in 1987 in the city of Cali, in the Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption. There the Basilians evangelized though education and preaching and in 1995 they expanded to Medellín. The priests and scholastics are committed to the communities,... Read More.

Basilians Celebrate Installation of Dr. Sylvester as President of USMC

The Basilian Fathers celebrated the installation of Dr. David Sylvester as the 8th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St. Michael’s College (USMC) at St. Basil’s Collegiate Church on October 4, 2018. In attendance were the USMC Collegium, Basilian Fathers, colleagues, family, and friends. His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins the Archbishop of Toronto and Chancellor of University of St. Michaels’ College administered the declaration of office and officially installed Dr. Sylvester to his new role. Dr. David Sylvester was appointed by Father George Smith, CSB as the President and Vice-Chancellor of St. Michael’s on July 1, 2018 upon the... Read More.

Basilians at the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Plenary Assembly of Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops opened September 24, 2018 for their annual gathering in Cornwall, Ontario. This year marks of the 75th anniversary of the Conference’s foundation. Ninety Bishops from across the country have assembled to discern, discuss, and deliberate on ecclesial matters of national importance. Among the Basilians present at the Conference are Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB of Salt + Light Media, Bishop Robert Kasun, CSB of the Archdiocese of Toronto, Fr. Timothy Scott, CSB of Conférence religieuse canadienne / Canadian Religious Conference, Archbishop Michael Miller, CSB of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver and... Read More.

Eucharistic Celebration in Commemoration of Fr. Mario D'Souza, CSB

A memorial Mass, hosted by the USMC Faculty of Theology, was celebrated by Archbishop Roger Houngbédji, OP with Fr. George Smith, CSB as the Homilist in the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre chapel in memory of Fr. Mario D’Souza. Fr. D’Souza was the former Dean of the Faculty of Theology, former President and Vice Chancellor of Assumption University, Windsor, and a world leader in the field of religious education. Loved by his colleagues, friends, and students, Fr. D’Souza is deeply missed. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="207" gal_title="Fr. DSouza Memorial Mass"]... Read More.

Fr. Andrew Leung, CSB Appointed as Archbishop’s Delegate for Catholic Education

The Archbishop of Edmonton, Most Reverend Richard Smith, has appointed Father Andrew Leung, CSB the Archbishop’s Delegate for Catholic Education. Fr. Leung will attend the various school functions, school board meetings, and represent the Archbishop and the Archdiocese with regards to Catholic Education. There are 10 Catholic School Boards serving 201 schools: The Archbishop stated that Andrew would be a good fit for this position because of the Basilian charism of education, his background in high school teaching, and his M.Ed. degree in Administration.... Read More.

Detroit Catholic Central Opening Mass

Detroit Catholic Central marked the beginning of the 2018-19 school year by celebrating the Mass of the Holy Spirit. The Basilan Fathers of Catholic Central, the faculty and staff, the student leaders and the student body took turns dedicating themselves to each other and the school. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="205" gal_title="Catholic Central Opening Mass 2018"]  ... Read More.

Salt+Light Documentary, 'A Community in Transition: 250 Years of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Windsor'

A Community in Transition: 250 Years of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Windsor

Salt + Light documentary, A Community in Transition: 250 Years of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Windsor, premiered on Tuesday, August 14 inside the historic Assumption Church in Windsor, Ontario. A Community in Transition: 250 Years of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Windsor explores the history and significance of the oldest Catholic parish in Ontario. Founded in 1767 as a unique Huron and French-Canadian community, the parish of Our Lady of the Assumption has been the cornerstone of Christianity in all southwestern Ontario. Built in 1845, the church is a stunning example of Canadian Gothic Revival... Read More.

Blue Scarf Peace Walk in Toronto, Ontario

Blue Scarf Peace Walk sponsored by Basilian Centre for Peace and Justice

Celebrate the International Day of Peace on Sunday, September 23 by participating in the Blue Scarf Peace Walk. The walk will raise awareness for a variety of social justice issues and is being sponsored by many organizations including the Basilian Centre for Peace & Justice. You’re invited to join the walk by meeting at Grange Park on Beverly Street, south of Dundas Street West in Toronto, Ontario at 2 p.m. View poster ... Read More.

Alejandro Estrada Pérez, CSB and José Alberto Juárez Sandoval, CSB Ordained to the Diaconate

Bishop Ricardo Ramírez, CSB ordained two of his Basilian confrères, Alejandro Estrada Pérez, CSB and José Alberto Juárez Sandoval, CSB, to the diaconate on Saturday, June 30. The ordination took place in the Parish of San Lorenzo, Deacon and Martyr in Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico surrounded by those who have supported the scholastics in their formation, including the Basilians who minister in Mexico; members of their families; parishioners of San Lorenzo and members of various religious communities, especially the Missionary Catechists of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (also known as the Violetas) and the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart... Read More.

Very Reverend Kevin Storey, CSB Elected as Superior General of the Congregation of St. Basil

July 16, 2018 — The Congregation of St. Basil (Basilian Fathers) elected Father Kevin Storey, CSB as Superior General, effective immediately for a four-year term. “I am looking forward to continuing the rich legacy of teaching goodness, discipline and knowledge to the next generation of parishioners and students. Basilian priests always made the Gospel accessible for me as a student and we have to imagine how to best preach Jesus today,” said Storey. Also elected to the General Council were: Father David Katulski, CSB as Vicar General for a third term; Father John Huber, CSB as Second Councillor; Father Morgan... Read More.

Antonio Ibáñez Santos and Juan José Ortiz Torres Profess First Vows in Mexico

The Basilian community welcomed two new Basilian scholastics on Thursday, July 5. Antonio Ibáñez Santos, CSB and Juan José Ortiz Torres, CSB professed their first vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the old church of San Lorenzo, Deacon and Martyr Parish in Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico. Father John Huber, CSB, third councillor of the General Council, received the vows and Father Roberto Peña Rojas, CSB delivered the homily. Also present were Basilians who minister in Mexico, families of the professed, and members of the parish. When they return to Mexico City, Juan José will be in his second year of philosophy... Read More.

Two Basilian Scholastics Renew their Vows and Recommit to the Congregation

Basilian scholastics, Oscar Armando Carbajal García, CSB and Eduardo Ivan Rivera, CSB, recommitted to their vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience for a period of three years. The delegates to the General Chapter were in attendance as the renewal of vows took place following the retreat in preparation for the 2018 General Chapter in King City, Ontario on Tuesday, July 10. Also in attendance were friends of Oscar, Mike And Jean Kreyche. Father George Smith, CSB, superior general of the Congregation, celebrated Mass and received the vows. Fathers David Bittner, CSB, and Kevin Mannara, CSB served as witnesses. They are... Read More.