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. 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
On July 17, 2019 six new novices joined the community of Basilian Fathers in Mexico in the Parish of San Lorenzo. The novices will spend their time in the novitiate growing spiritually before God and in the Basilian community. They will discern their religious vocation, and learn to live with their brothers in a life of religious chastity, poverty and obedience. To assist novices in their spiritual growth, a program is provided which includes Scripture, liturgy, spirituality, theological instruction and the study of the history, traditions and customs of the Congregation. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="236" gal_title="Six New Novices Mexico"]... Read More
The Congregation of St. Basil gathered in Tehuacán, Puebla, México, at the parish of San Lorenzo Diácono y Mártir to celebrate the ordination to the priesthood of Father Arturo Juan Jerónimo Cisnernos, CSB on Saturday, July 13, 2019. In the presence of his Basilian confrères, Basilian associates, parishioners, and family members, he was ordained by Bishop Ricardo Ramírez, CSB, Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces, NM. Fr. Arturo Jerónimo Cisneros will be the Assistant Director of Novices at the Basilian Novitiate in Tehuacán and he will teach a course in the Diocesan Seminary in Tehuacán. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="234" gal_title="AJC Ordination"]... Read More
From June 16 through June 22 the Basilian Fathers in Colombia held their annual retreat at Casa Villa Asís, a Franciscan Retreat House in Jamundí a town in the Valle de Cauca. The retreat director for the Basilians was Father Federico Carrasquilla of the Archdiocese of Medellín. He holds degrees from the Gregorian University in Rome and Louvain in Belgium. He taught in the Archdiocesan Seminary in Medellín and in the Pontifical Bolivarian University. For many years he has served as pastor of the Barrio Popular, a very poor area in Medellín. He accompanies the poorest inhabitants of the city... Read More
On April 30 2019, the Fine Arts Building for the Instituto Nuestra Señora de la Asunción was opened. The Center will offer opportunities to learn band and choral music, folkloric, ballet, flamenco dance, and theater to the students and surrounding neighbourhood. The Instituto Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (INSA), is an Educational Community, that was founded on October 4, 1992 in Cali, Colombia. Located in the Andrés Sanín neighborhood, the Institute primarily serves the poorest areas of the city. INSA, is a family-centered Catholic school for formal, preschool, basic and middle education. It is a high quality private educational institution,... Read More
Eduardo Rivera, CSB professed his final vows to Father Kevin Storey, CSB, Superior General of the Basilian Fathers, in the Chapel of St. Basil at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX on May 17, 2019. He was ordained to the Diaconate with the laying on of hands by Bishop George Sheltz, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston on May 18, 2019 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, TX. Many Basilians from the Houston area and beyond, as well as many members of his family and friends, attended both liturgies. The following day, Deacon Rivera... Read More
Left to Right: Dr. David Sylvester, Fr. Kevin Storey, CSB, President Meric Gertler, and Father T. Allan Smith, CSB The University of Toronto celebrated their donors past and present at their Chancellors Circle of Benefactors Dinner on May 1, 2019. Father Kevin Storey, CSB, Superior General of the Basilian Fathers, Father T. Allan Smith, CSB and Dr. David Sylvester, President of the University of St. Michael’s College (USMC), attended the dinner to represent the Basilians and Faculty of Theology. U of T President, Meric Gertler, recognized The Congregation of St. Basil as one of the five new members of the Chancellors... Read More
Beginning March 26th, 2019 and concluding March 28th the Basilians gathered for their Superiors and Rectors Workshop at Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center in Houston, Texas. The workshop was held with the goal of building unity and fraternity amongst the Basilian houses. The local government of the Basilian communities aim to coordinate the efforts of all its members in the creation of an atmosphere which will foster the Christian life lived in accordance with the evangelical counsels, and Basilian charisms. The Superiors and Rectors met on topics concerning the spiritual and physical well-being of its members in the context of... Read More
The members of the Congregation of St. Basil (the Basilian Fathers) are aware of the recent reports regarding plagiarism by our brother, Father Thomas Rosica, CSB. Plagiarism of any kind is wrong. When it is committed knowingly it rises to the level of a moral offense. As a community of Catholic educators we condemn it, without qualification. At the same time, we embrace our brother despite this failing for which he has taken full responsibility. With him, we apologize to those who have been offended by the misuse of their literary gifts.... Read More
On February 9, 2019, the Congregation of St. Basil celebrated the ordination of Steven Huber, CSB. Most Reverend Ricardo Ramirez, CSB, Bishop of Las Cruces, presided at the Mass of Ordination, held at Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Church, in Albuquerque, NM. Watch Fr. Steven Huber's Ordination The next day, Sunday, February 10, 2019, Father Steven Huber, CSB, celebrated his First Mass of Thanksgiving at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Albuquerque, NM. Father Chris Valka, CSB, Chaplain at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, was the Homilist. Watch Fr. Steven Huber's First Mass The following is... Read More
On February 9, 2019, the Congregation of St. Basil celebrates the ordination of Steven Huber, CSB. Most Reverend Ricardo Ramirez, CSB, Bishop of Las Cruces, will preside at the Mass of Ordination, held at Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Church, in Albuquerque, NM at 10:00 a.m MST. When asked what is going through his heart and mind right now as he looks forward to the big moment Huber replied: “There is a lot of excitement, especially as plans and details fall into place. I think the biggest challenge for me is to see Ordination not as the end... Read More
The Congregation of St. Basil calls Steven Gerard Huber, CSB to the Priesthood. You’re invited to join the Basilian community and watch this event live online through the Basilian’s YouTube page: Ordination to the Priesthood – Saturday, February 9 at 10 a.m. MST (12 p.m. EST) ... Read More
The Congregation of St. Basil gathered in Tehuacán, Puebla, México, at the parish of San Lorenzo Diácono y Mártir to celebrate the ordination to the priesthood of Fr. Alejandro Estrada Pérez, CSB and José Alberto Juárez Sandoval, CSB on Saturday, January 5, 2019. In the presence of many of their Basilian confrères, Basilian associates, hundreds of parishioners, their parents, siblings, and other family members, they were ordained by Bishop Ricardo Ramírez, CSB. Enhancing the celebration were dozens of musicians, all of whom wore red shirts emblazoned with the Basilian crest, and several young women and men serving as acolytes. A... Read More
The Basilian Fathers have been blessed as four confrères perpetually committed themselves to the Congregation of St. Basil. On November 24, Arturo Jerónimo Cisneros, CSB professed his final vows at the Church of San Lorenzo in Tehuacán, Puebla, México. Father Paul Walsh, CSB, Superior in México presided at the Mass and received his vows. On Sunday December 9, Eduard Padilla, CSB, Javier Higuera, CSB, and Carlos Arturo Rodríguez, CSB professed their final vows at the Church of San Basilio in Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia. Father Rafael Lopera, CSB, Superior of Colombia, presided at the Mass and received their vows. This important... Read More
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
#ThrowbackThursday to this picture of a Basilian road trip from the 1970’s. Fr. Patrick Lalonde, CSB (left) was well known for organizing outings..
#ThrowbackThursday to this picture of Basilian teacher, Frank Tevlin, from the 1955 Catholic Central Yearbook captioned “Why didn’t you do your..
#ThrowbackThursday to this prayer card featuring a prayer for the University of St. Thomas by Archbishop Fulton J Sheen. On July 6 The Vatican..
The Basilian Fathers are celebrating four new novices; David Semivule, Charles Borromeo, Patrick O’Brien and Sean Ajluni. Today, at the Holy..
The Congregation of St. Basil gathered in Tehuacán, Puebla, México, at the parish of San Lorenzo Diácono y Mártir to celebrate the ordination..