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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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, 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
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
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
#ThrowbackThursday to this 1949 picture of a group of novices playing hockey at St. Basil’s Novitiate in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Novitiate..
#ThrowbackThursday to St. Mary’s Seminary in La Porte, Texas. Formerly the oceanfront resort of Sylvan Beach Hotel, the Basilians operated..
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#ThrowbackThursday to the Maisonseule which was built in the 1200’s in the commune of Saint-Basile. In the 1820’s the Basilians operated a seminary..
Basilians profess simple vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. For Basilian men in formation, their novitiate years usually conclude by professing..