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Basilian Fathers to Celebrate Founding during Special Mass

November 3, 2021

At 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21, the Basilian Fathers will celebrate the start of their Bicentennial Celebration with a Founder’s Day Mass. The Mass will take place at the Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great. That same evening peer ministers will host a “Friendsgiving” dinner for students.

Fr. Kevin with several Basilian fathers.

Fr John Huber, CSB ’85 will serve as the homilist, representing the General Council of the Basilian Fathers. Fr. Kevin Mannara CSB, director of campus ministry at Fisher, will serve as the presider and Fr. Tom Dugan, CSB will be the concelebrant.

The Basilian Fathers were founded in France on November 21, 1822, and have always been dedicated to education. They later came to the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Colombia. In 1948, they founded St. John Fisher College sharing their motto, “Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge,” which is taken from Psalm 119.

The Mass will be the start of a year-long Bicentennial celebration. There will be displays of Basilian history across campus, and members of the Congregation plan to visit Fisher throughout the year ahead.

The Catholic Courier will also live stream the Founder’s Day Mass via the publication’s website. Registration is required. To register:

This article was written by Leslie Noble, Marketing Major ’21, the PR Writing Intern with the Office of Marketing and Communications.