Meet Patrick Fulton, CSB

By teaching theology, I feel I am educating my students in the most important subject, their eternal salvation. Students let you into their lives and that’s an honour and privilege.Father Patrick Fulton, CSB is grateful for the Basilians' help throughout his life and through their generosity he gained a new perspective on religious life. His priestly ministry has focused on the high school apostolate, where he hopes to develop his students’ talents and gifts so God can use them in ways they never imagined. “By teaching theology, I feel I am educating my students in the most important subject, their eternal salvation. Students let you into their lives and that’s an honour and privilege,” he said. Patrick is the eldest of three children born to Robin and Mary Lou
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Meet Father Chris Valka, CSB

My priesthood has been defined by restoration. Through careful discovery and discernment, I look at what to keep, what to let go of, and what to transform. I love history, but I especially love how history can be brought to life anew..In his current role as Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry at the University of St. Thomas, Fr. Chris Valka, CSB approaches ministry as a restoration process. “My priesthood has been defined by restoration. Through careful discovery and discernment, I look at what to keep, what to let go of, and what to transform. I love history, but I especially love how history can be brought to life anew.” he said. In June 2017, he was appointed to the University of St. Thomas as the Director of the Center for Faith and Culture and he began by looking into how
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Meet Father Kevin Storey, CSB

As Superior General of the Congregation, Father Kevin Storey, CSB strives to lead the Congregation with the same openness that initially attracted him to the Basilian Fathers and prompted him to join the Congregation of St. Basil. “Basilian priests always made the Gospel accessible for me as a student and now we as a Congregation have to imagine how to best preach about Jesus in today’s world.” said Father Storey. In 2012, Father Kevin was appointed President of St. Thomas High School in Houston, Texas and held this appointment until he was elected Superior General in July 2018. “I didn’t
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Meet Father José Del Toro, CSB

Father José Del Toro, CSB has explored many activities and identities in an attempt to fit in, before realizing that Congregation of St. Basil was the best fit. “God gave me a place where I belong after feeling like I was on the outside for so long. I truly feel like I belong with the Basilian Fathers,” he said. José grew up in Mercedes, Texas in a two bedroom house, where the living room also served as his bedroom. He was raised in a Catholic family by his parents, José Felix and Mary Ann. His four older sisters were a
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Meet Father David Zapalac, CSB

Father David Zapalac, CSB’s 25 years of priestly ministry have come full circle. In 2016, he returned to St. Anne’s parish, where he began his ministry in 1994 working with the 1200 Spanish speaking families as a part of the Hispanic ministry with Father Enrique Bravo, CSB. Upon his return, he was delighted to witness how the Hispanic ministry has grown and become fully integrated into the greater church. Today, everyone in the office speaks Spanish; Masses in Spanish are held on Wednesday and twice on Sunday; and most importantly the Hispanic ministry has moved into the main building, whereas
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Meet Father Morgan Rice, CSB

In preparation for his latest assignment as pastor of St. Basil’s Church, Father Morgan Rice, CSB opened his heart and mind to the new experiences that will come with taking on the administrative role associated with pastor in ministering to a different demographic. As with each appointment, he knew any preconceived notions would be proven wrong and his gifts would be used in unexpected ways. “I have learned to see each appointment as a blessing and graciously do what’s asked,” he said. After graduating from the University of Virginia in mechanical engineering, Morgan was eager to live and work in
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Meet Father Glenn McDonald, CSB

Father Glenn McDonald, CSB reveals God’s plan for him through an unlikely combination of love and logic. As a student of science and follower of Jesus, he explains, “There is a pattern and logic to how Jesus works and once it is revealed, it can help you discern what God wants.” His life is comprised of patterns: he repeatedly relies on his personal relationship with the Holy Spirit to confront challenges and achieve the big ideas God has in store for him. Father Glenn McDonald grew up in a small town north of Calgary, Alberta, with his parents Doug and
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Meet Father Paul Walsh, CSB

As a Basilian, I’ve had an enormous amount of freedom and resources to grow in my faith and professionally. - Father Paul Walsh, CSBFather Paul Walsh, CSB has spent his 30 years of priesthood principally involved in parish ministry but also with appointments in high schools and campus ministry, but he has discovered that his current ministry in formation in Mexico provides many more opportunities for education than he thought possible. “As a Basilian, I’ve had an enormous amount of freedom and resources to grow in my faith and professionally while developing deep friendships with a company of men,” he said. Currently he serves as the director of scholastics in Mexico City, Mexico. By living in the second most populated city in the Western
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Meet Father Mario D'Souza, CSB

The ultimate goal of Catholic teaching is freedom, instilling internal and spiritual freedom in the student.The Basilian community was deeply saddened by the passing of Father D’Souza on Tuesday, September 26, following a brief, but aggressive, battle with cancer.  Although Father Mario D’Souza, CSB had much to celebrate in 2016, including his 25th anniversary of ordination and the publication of his book, A Catholic Philosophy of Education: The Church and Two Philosophers, his greatest achievement remains finding stillness and solitude in his work. He was initially attracted to the priestly way of life for the importance the vocation places stillness and solitude, but he has found that they do not come easily in active ministry.
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Meet Father Jefferson Thompson, CSB

There aren’t enough of us [Basilians] to do all the work that God wants us to do. - Father Jefferson Thompson, CSBInitially inspired by his Basilian high school teachers, Father Jefferson Thompson, CSB was determined to join the Congregation to educate the next generation in goodness, discipline, and knowledge. In pursuit of this goal, he continued to be inspired by his confrères and broadened his understanding of what it means to be Basilian. In 2016 he celebrated his 25th anniversary of ordination, and was thankful to share the experience with three of his confrères, Father Mario D’Souza, CSB, Father Joseph Pilsner, CSB, and Father Joseph Roussel, CSB. They were all ordained during the summer of 1991 and have relied on each other
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Meet Father Alvin Sinasac, CSB

As a Congregation, we’re fairly flexible in our work, spirituality, and charism. We’re not just educators,we’re also pastoral. - Father Alvin Sinasac, CSBBasilian life may be a far cry from the life he imagined, but Father Alvin Sinasac, CSB appreciates the journey God set out for his life. “As a Congregation, we’re fairly flexible in our work, spirituality, and charism. We’re not just educators, we’re also pastoral,” he said. “This flexibility makes it easier to move from one place to another or from one level of society to another.” Alvin grew up on a farm in Amherstburg, Ontario. His parents, Elwood and Ilene, were devout Catholics and he attended Mass every Sunday and on Holy days with his seven siblings. It was
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Meet Father John Huber, CSB

I’m able to keep in touch with graduates as they establish their families, it’s great to look back and see how happy and successful they are,and we Basilians had a role in thembecoming these people. - Father John Huber, CSBBasilians touch the lives of many within their classrooms, parishes, and community. Father John Huber, CSB, carries on the traditions of his Basilian education and laying the foundation for the future in his roles as President of one the Basilian high schools, Catholic Central, and a member of the General Council. Despite his busy schedule, he looks forward to celebrating Mass at St. Fabian’s Parish in Farmington Hills each weekend. “I’m an extrovert and energized after celebrating mass with such a big community of good, holy people” he said. He is also energized by keeping in touch with friends and
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Meet Father Maurice Restivo, CSB

I made the decision that I would never say no to an appointment. I take it seriously that it is God’s will. - Father Maurice Restivo, CSBEven by Basilian standards, Father Maurice Restivo, CSB has held a variety of appointments across North and South America including teaching at Detroit Catholic Central High School, serving as the Assistant Academic Dean at the University of St. Thomas, and working as a pastor in Houston and Cali. “I made the decision that I would never say no to an appointment. I take it seriously that it is God’s will,” he said. His willingness to answer this call has taken him to some of the most dangerous places in the world, sometimes even challenging his faith in God. A Houston,
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Meet Father Paul English, CSB

Random experiences have come to focus here and allowed me to lead this community toward realizing its vision. - Father Paul EnglishFather Paul English, CSB became pastor of the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish as it was transitioning from five former parishes to form the largest parish in the Diocese of Rochester, New York. Leading people through change may be difficult, but as a Basilian he is prepared for the challenge and he can always count on his brothers for support. “I found that this particular assignment draws on everything I’ve done in my Basilian life. Random experiences have come to focus here and allowed me to lead this community toward realizing its vision,” he said. His fond experiences of living in
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Meet Father Andrew Leung, CSB

Father Andrew Leung, CSB was warmly welcomed as pastor and rector of the parishes of St. Alphonsus and St. Clare in Edmonton, Alberta in the summer of 2016.  He replaced Bishop Bob Kasun, CSB who was appointed by Pope Francis as an auxiliary bishop of Toronto. This sense of community among the Basilians follows Father Andrew, no matter where life takes him. Father Leung was born in Calgary to Gemma and Hok-Ling Leung. He and his brother, Benedict, were heavily involved with the Chinese parish they attended. A young Andrew went through the sacraments and as a youth participated in the
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Meet Father Owen Lee, CSB

The Basilians' special virtue is their versatility. - Father Owen Lee, CSBWhen asked once, Father Owen Lee, CSB declared that the Basilians’ special virtue is versatility. His own versatility allowed his passion for education and opera to flourish throughout his 35 years as a priest educator with the University of Toronto. Father Owen was born in Detroit, Michigan to Robert L. Lee and Helen Miller, and was the second of five boys. Despite his parents’ struggles to support the large family during the Depression, his childhood was loving and happy. Having attended Catholic elementary school, Owen wanted to attend a Jesuit high school, but his father balked at the higher tuition
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