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Fr. Clarence Watrin, CSB (1932-2024) Funeral Mass Date & Time – Toronto, ON.

Dear friends and brothers, with a heavy heart we ask you to extend your prayers for Father Clarence Watrin, CSB who left this life peacefully into life eternal. The funeral […]

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Fr. Father Antonio Ibáñez, CSB Celebreates Birthday – Tehuacán, MX.

As Holy Week ends, our Brothers in Mexico gather as a Parish and Congregational community to celebrate the Birthday of Fr. Father Antonio Ibáñez, CSB. We wish Fr. Ibáñez a Happy […]

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Good Friday Message From The Superior General – Very Rev. Kevin Storey, CSB – Toronto, ON.

Good Friday Message From The Superior General – Very Rev. Kevin Storey, CSB.        

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Fr. Morgan Rice, CSB Presides Over Holy Thursday Service and The washing Of The Feet – Toronto, ON.

This evening, Fr. Morgan Rice, CSB presided over Holy Thursday Service at St. Basil’s Parish, Toronto, and the washing of the feet. The many who were in attendance were presented […]

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Fr. Norman Tanck, CSB Celebrates Palm Sunday Procession and Mass – Toronto, ON.

Yesterday Fr. Norman Tanck, CSB presided over the Palm Sunday Procession and mass at St. Basil’s Parish, Toronto. Fr. Tanck commemorated the beginning of Holy Week with a impactful message […]

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Fr. Roberto Rojas, CSB Presides over Palm Sunday Mass & Procession – México City, MX.

Yesterday our Brothers in Mexico gathered to mark the beginning of Holy Week commemorating Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. + Fr. Roberto Rojas, CSB presided over the Palm Sunday Procession and […]

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“In works of justice, we heed the words of St. Oscar Romero.” – Fr. Steven Huber’s, CSB Reflection On St. Oscar Romero – Windsor, ON.

In 2018, the General Chapter of the Congregation of Saint Basil voted to include St. Oscar Romero in the list of Patrons of the Congregation. His canonization, which was announced […]

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“God’s love for those who have never experienced it.” – Fr. William May’s, CSB Reflection On St. Oscar Romero – Toronto, ON

In my earliest memories, going to church at the United Methodist Church in Livonia, New York I heard the question, “What do you want God finding you doing when He […]

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“A teacher and witness to us as Basilians of goodness, discipline, and knowledge.” – Fr. Warren Schmidt’s, CSB Reflection On St. Oscar Romero – Edmonton, AB

The official addition of Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (1917-1980) to the roll of Basilian patron saints may be recent, dating back only to the 2018 General Chapter. But our […]

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“How do we welcome Christ into our everyday lives?” – Fr. Eduardo Rivera’s, CSB Reflection On Palm Sunday – Houston, TX.

Palm Sunday, also known as Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, marks the start of Holy Week. As Jesus entered Jerusalem with joyful acclamations and palm branches on his path, […]

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Fr. Pedro Miguel Mora Medina, CSB Anoints the Sick & Celebrates Mass Honoring the Lord of Miracles – Bogotá, COL.

This past week, Fr. Pedro Miguel Mora Medina, CSB celebrated Mass that included the Anointing of the Sick at Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Egipto, Bogotá, Colombia. The previous week […]

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Fr. Carlos Rodriguez Marciales, CSB concelebrates Chrism Mass With Archbishop Ricardo Tobón – Medellín, COL.

Fr. Carlos Rodriguez Marciales, CSB concelebrated the Eucharist in the company of all the priests of the Archdiocese of Medellín, held at Catedral Basílica Metropolitana de Medellín, with Archbishop Ricardo […]

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Scholastics In Mexico Installed As Lector and Acolytes – Tlaxcala, MX.

This week, Scholastic Julio César Martínez Chávez was called to the ministries of Lector and Acolyte, along with Scholastics Jesus Rodriguez and Alejandro Garcia, who were called to the ministry […]

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Fr. Kevin Mannara, CSB Leads Annual St. John Fisher Spring Break Service Trip – Rochester, NY.

This spring break, St. John Fisher students, accompanied by Fr. Kevin Mannara, CSB, took their annual spring break service trip. The program attendance has grown from 5 students to nearly […]

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“Like St. Joseph we need to be attentive to what the Lord is asking of us.” – Fr. Norman Tanck’s, CSB Reflection on St. Joseph – Toronto, ON.

Today is the feast of St. Joseph, patron of the Universal Church and patron saint of Canada.  He also is the patron of many causes and professions.  In these days […]

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“He keeps an eye on things, and quietly works to prevent or solve problems.” – Fr. James Stenberg’s, CSB Reflection on St. Joseph – Edmonton, AB

Here in Edmonton there are many places that have St. Joseph as their patron. St. Joseph’s Basilica, St. Joseph’s Seminary, St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Joseph High School. And, of course, […]

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“The man who did not speak a word in scripture speaks loudly to many Christians today.” – Fr. Kevin Mannara’s, CSB Reflection on St. Joseph – Rochester, NY.

I grew up in an Italian American, working class neighborhood.  St. Joseph was honored in many homes with pictures and statues of this beloved saint. One time around his feast […]

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Fr. Carlos Rodríguez, CSB & Fr. Javier Higuera, CSB concelebrate Mass & Anoint the Sick – Medellín, COL.

This past Sunday, Fr. Carlos Rodríguez, CSB and Fr. Javier Higuera, CSB concelebrated Mass that included the Anointing of the Sick. We pray: Heavenly Father, grant us strength, healing, and […]

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“St. Patrick, Pray For Us!” – Fr. Timothy Scott’s, CSB Reflection On St. Patrick – Montréal, QC.

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those liturgical feasts that has entered comfortably into popular North American culture. The fact that we know relatively little about this fifth-century Irish saint […]

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Basilian Ministry in Colombia Leads Lenten Retreats in Bogotá and Medellín

As we approach Easter Sunday, the Basilian Community gathers for Lenten Retreats to reflect and worship together. Our ministry in Colombia actively leads Lenten Retreats available for the local community. […]

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VIDEO – Fr. Morgan Rice, CSB: How To Treat Others – Toronto, ON

How should we treat others? Fr. Morgan Rice, CSB explains how his Ministry as a Basilian helps him to treat others in more dignified way.

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“A Lenten Disappointment?” – Fr. Paul Walsh’s, CSB Reflection On Lent – Mexico City, MX.

At the time the Basilians were founded, there was a very particular tension between older members set in their diocesan ways and younger members more attracted to the dynamism of […]

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Fr. John Huber, CSB Celebrates Laetare Sunday Mass – Toronto, ON.

Yesterday on Laetare Sunday Fr. Huber, CSB presided over mass St. Basil’s Parish, Toronto. Fr. Huber commemorated the fourth Sunday in Lent with a reminder that “You never know who […]

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Fr. John Huber’s, CSB Reflection On Women’s Day – Toronto, ON

As we rightfully and joyfully celebrate the great achievements of women in our world, all kinds of great names come to mind from modern times but also throughout history.  Yet […]

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Fr. Steven Huber, CSB – The Importance of Lenten Fasting – Windsor, ON

What does it mean to fast? Each year, the church begins the Lenten season with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. We sign ourselves with ashes as a reminder that we […]

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Fr. Patrick Fulton, CSB Leads Assembly as DCC Students Gather Over $870,000 In Raffle Ticket Sales – Novi, MI.

The 2024 DRIVE Fundraiser is the most important event in the cultural fabric of CC. During this week-long event, students head out into their communities to sell raffle tickets, with […]

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Fr. Eduardo Rivera, CSB Leads University of St. Thomas Women’s Retreats – Houston TX.

Last weekend Father Rivera led the annual UST Women’s retreats in College Station, Texas. The weekend-long women’s retreats occur yearly at the University of St. Thomas, allowing female students of […]

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Fr. James Murphy, CSB Reflection On The Season of Lent – Houston, TX.

We are all in the race! I have often compared the season of Lent to a Marathon. It can be a long arduous journey with hills to climb and a […]

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Fr. Eduardo Rivera, CSB, Leads Celebratory Mass and Eucharistic Procession – Feast of St Thomas Aquinas, Houston TX.

The weeklong Festival of St. Thomas (Jan. 28 – Feb. 2) has become a tradition beloved by students and an iconic week of celebrating school, and Catholic identity. Hosted at […]

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Ash Wednesday: Almsgiving as a Pathway to Peace

The history of Ash Wednesday and Lent are seen as more solemn times during the Liturgical year, as during this time many Catholics give up things or activities in an […]

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Fr. Patrick Fulton, CSB delivers speech at CC’s inaugural State of the School Address – Novi, Michigan

On February 2nd, 2024, the Detroit Catholic Central Family gathered in the gymnasium for the inaugural State of the School Address, to reflect on the successes and future opportunities of […]

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Scholastics Bishoy Dawood and Daniel Ryan installed into the ministry of Lector – Houston, TX.

Scholastics Bishoy Dawood and Daniel Ryan were installed into the ministry of Lector by Superior General Fr. Kevin Storey, CSB in the Congregation of St. Basil on February 5th, 2024. The […]

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The Archdiocese of Bogotá, Colombia, celebrates the Vicarial Day of Thanksgiving for the gift of Consecrated Life.

(From left to right): Jose Enrique Hoyos CSB, Juan Gabriel Galviz CSB, Amaury Rafael Ramos Romero CSB, Deacon Anderson Fabián Úzuga CSB, Monsignor Lizardo Estrada OSA, Osman Enrique de la […]

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Two Basilians in Mexico ordained as Deacons

On January 13th, 2024, two of our brothers in Mexico, Erick de Jesús Enríquez Gutiérrez and José Adán Gómez Villalvaso, were ordained as Deacons by Ricardo Ramírez, CSB. José Adán […]

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A Prayer for the New Year

Gracious Father in Heaven, as we stand on the threshold of a new year, We lift our hearts in gratitude for the gift of life and faith. In the embrace […]

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Merry Christmas: A Season of Peace and Love in the Basilian Community

Christmas Day for Basilians is more than just a time of gift-giving and decorations. The Christmas story is marked by themes of love, humility, and charity. Catholics are reminded to […]

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The Solemn Significance of Christmas Eve in the Catholic Faith: A Message of Hope from the Basilians

Christmas Eve is a night filled with anticipation and preparation for the joyous celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth. Central to this sacred occasion is the contemplation of the Nativity, a […]

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“Prepare the way for The Lord”: Advent – A Tradition Rooted in History and Significance for the Catholic Church

In the heart of the holiday season, the Catholic Church observes Advent, a time-honored tradition that dates back centuries and holds deep significance for believers around the world. Advent, derived […]

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“We have to burst bubbles” – Sr. Norma Pimentel, M.J. on interculturality and advocacy for migrants

It was an immense pleasure to spending an evening with Sr. Norma Pimentel, M.J.. Sister Norma’s insights into the current state of her work at the US – Mexican Border […]

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“70 Years of Service” – The Basilians inducted into “The Aquinas Institute Hall of Fame” in Rochester, NY

The Basilian Fathers have been honored with an induction into The Aquinas Hall of Fame, a recognition given to alumni, staff, and faculty dedicated to serving the community in a […]

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“A new life” – Basilian Aid in Protection of Refugees within the Diocese of London

At the forefront of the challenges faced by those forced to seek refuge in our country, where they arrive often stripped of their possessions and the familiarity of their homeland, […]

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“They were part of our lives” – A History of The Basilians retold by Dr. Michael Higgins

Dr. Michael W .Higgins, the inaugural Basilian Distinguished Fellow of Contemporary Catholic Thought at the University of St. Michael’s College, has had a long relationship with the Basilians. The Congregation […]

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David Walsh: Community Service and Basilian Compassion

Amidst the escalating housing crisis, a surge in homelessness has become a situation which calls for a collective, compassionate response rooted in the principles of community, and guided by the […]

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“Truth and Reconciliation” – A history of Basilian involvement in Aboriginal social justice

Last year Pope Francis paid a visit to Canada, meeting Bishops and leaders of Indigenous groups. “I humbly beg forgiveness for the evil committed by so many Christians against the […]

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“Saint Basil Coffee” – Making a difference one cup of coffee at a time

It may be hard to imagine that a simple cup of coffee can be a catalyst for change, but it can! Saint Basil Coffee has recently surpassed half a million […]

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We welcome you, Brothers! – The profession of Óscar Martínez Ávila, Erick de Jesús Enríquez Gutiérrez, and José Adán Gómez Villalvazo

On Saturday, September 23, 2023, Óscar Martínez Ávila CSB, Erick de Jesús Enríquez Gutiérrez CSB, and José Adán Gómez Villalvazo CSB professed the vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience in […]

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Basilian relics shipped to St. Pius X Catholic Church in North Vancouver

When the chapel and sacristies of the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre were being emptied of their contents this past summer, Father Jefferson M. Thompson, CSB learned that two items available […]

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Basilian Lay Associates of Rochester hold a Memorial Mass for deceased Basilian Fathers

On Tuesday, August 29, the Basilian Lay Associates of Rochester held a Memorial Mass for deceased Basilian Fathers. Fr. Kevin Mannara, CSB, presided. Fr. Lance Gonyo, a diocesan priest educated […]

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A Journey of Resilience and Faith: Relocating from 95 St. Joseph St. to 360 Davenport

In Basilian history, we find resilience, faith, and an unwavering dedication to the Basilian charism of education, evangelization, and our profound devotion to God. Our recent transition from 95 St. […]

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Harmony of Art and Music: A Painting and Church Organ Discover a Serene New Sanctuary

Since 1954, the masterpiece known as the “Last Supper” by the renowned Canadian artist Gerald Trottier (1924 – 2004) has graced the walls of the Refectory of St. Basil’s Seminary, […]

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