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.
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.
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.
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.
The Congregation of St. Basil (Basilian Fathers) was established in 1822 as a religious congregation in southern France. The Basilian community was born in a time of state persecution and terrorism in revolutionary France, directly targeting the Church and its priests. The Congregation was bravely founded by the ten diocesan priests who came together based on their strong Catholic convictions and to respond to the chronic need for balanced Christian education. Their first schools became known for their range of teaching including humanities, rhetoric, philosophy, mathematics, physics and chemistry. The members of the new group devoted themselves to Christian education,... Read More.
The Basilian associates had an opportunity to get to know one another and learn more about the Basilian Way of Life through a retreat held in Niagara Falls, Ontario from July 6-9. They were joined by Father Norman Tanck, CSB, director of associates, and Father William Riegel, CSB who led the retreat on the theme of the Basilian vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Prior to departing for Niagara Falls, the associates visited the campus of St. Michael’s College School for a tour and lunch in the theatre lobby. The retreat concluded with a stop at the Congregation’s General Chapter... Read More.
The Basilian General Chapter was held in King City, Ontario from July 8-18. According to the Basilian Way of Life, “The work of the General Chapter is to review the state of the Congregation and plan for its future, to make new laws or modify existing ones so that the Community may better fulfill its mission, and to elect the Superior General and General Councillors." The Chapter delegates will elect a new Superior General and Councillors on Monday, July 16. In preparation, the General Chapter opened with a retreat on the theme of the Gospel of Luke’s “Road to Emmaus” and Fathers... Read More.
On Wednesday, June 13, Basilian Fathers, along with the Loretto Sisters and the Sisters of St. Joseph, were treated to a tour of the University of St. Michael's College Faculty of Theology's exhibit, Love Your Neighbour as Yourself: Catholic Social Teaching in Toronto, Ontario. The tour was conducted by the College's archivist, James Roussain, who curated the exhibit detailing its founding communities’ engagement with Catholic Social Teaching. The tour was followed by a tea. The exhibit had been on display at the John M. Kelly Library from March 22 to June 8, 2018. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="195" gal_title="USMCS Social Teaching Exhibit"]... Read More.
The Congregation of St. Basil gathered in the Chapel San Francisco de Asís, in the municipality of Taganga, Colombia to celebrate the ordination to the priesthood of Father Carlos Andrés Gutiérrez Zapata, CSB on Saturday, April 21, 2018. He was ordained by Bishop Luis Adriano Piedrahita Sandoval of Santa Marta. The Bishop was accompanied by Fathers Francisco Amico, CSB, Jack Hanna, CSB, John Huber, CSB, Rafael Lopera, CSB, and Pedro Mora, CSB. A festive noonday meal in the Colombian style was shared by all. The following day, the joy of the celebration was shared by the Parish and school community... Read More.
On Wednesday, May 30, over 450 members of the St. Michael's College School community gathered at the Liberty Grand in Toronto, Ontario to honour and officially induct the six newest members into the Order of St. Michael. Hon. Consiglio Di Nino, Jerry Howarth, David Keon, Regis Quinn, Armand Scaini, and Hon. Justice Bryan Shaughnessy, were awarded with the highest honour that St. Michael's College School can bestow upon a community member, and joined a group of over 40 existing members dating back to 1996 when the Order was founded. Leo Rautins was the evening’s emcee and as he welcomed each... Read More.
On May 26, St. Mark's College at the University of British Columbia awarded an honourary doctorate to Father Thomas Rosica, CSB for his role in bringing people closer to Christ and the Catholic faith. The Doctor of Sacred Letters (honoris causa), the institution's highest honour, was conferred by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, Archbishop of Vancouver and Chancellor of St. Mark's College; Peter Meehan, College President; and Michelle Chang, Board Vice-Chair, at the College's convocation ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia. On May 24, Father Rosica delivered St. Mark’s Carr Lecture on the theme: “Preaching and Communicating in a Franciscan Era:... Read More.
On Thursday, May 10, Parks Canada installed a historical plaque to commemorate the life and work of Father Henry Carr, CSB. In 2012, Parks Canada designated Father Carr as a person of historical significance and a dedication ceremony for the plaque took place on June 4, 2017. Almost a year later, this plaque has been installed at its permanent home on St. Joseph Street, just outside the entrance to Carr Hall. Father James McConica, CSB who initiated the process of recognizing Father Carr was in attendance for the installation, along with a number of descendants of Father Carr’s sister, Mary... Read More.
Steven Huber, CSB received the Holy Order of Deacon with the laying on of hands by Bishop George A. Sheltz, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, on Saturday, May 12, in the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas. To witness this important step in a Basilian’s formation journey were members of his family, including his parents, brothers, sister-in-law, and niece and nephew; Monsignor Bennett Voorhies, the pastor of his home parish, Our Lady of the Annunciation in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Basilian Fathers and Basilian Lay Associates of the Houston Area. The following day, Deacon Huber read... Read More.
On Saturday, May 12, Father Richard Elmer, CSB shared his 90th birthday celebrations with the school that had a profound impact on his life. Over 500 Catholic Central families, alumni, and friends gathered for the 90/90 celebrations of Detroit Catholic Central’s anniversary and Father Elmer's, president emeritus, birthday held at Catholic Central in Novi, Michigan. The evening began with a Mass held in the Chapel, celebrated by Father Elmer and concelebrated by the Basilian Fathers of Novi, with overflow seating connected by a livestream to the cafeteria. After Mass, guests moved to the Robert Santello '58 Gymnasium, where the Mothers'... Read More.
Congratulations to Father George Smith, CSB, who was awarded St. John Fisher College President’s Medal. The award was presented by the College's president, Dr. Gerard J. Rooney, at the 64th Commencement held on Saturday, May 12 in Rochester, New York. The award recognizes his leadership of the Congregation of St. Basil as the Superior General for the past eight years. The College was founded by the Basilians in 1948; and throughout its 70 year history, the Basilians have continued to have a strong presence on campus. Most recently, this relationship has been fostered through many happy occasions including the opening of the... Read More.