Basilian Fathers

The Congregation of St. Basil, also known as the Basilian Fathers, is a Roman Catholic community of priests, students for the priesthood, and lay associates focused on Christian education and evangelization.

It was founded in 1822 when ten diocesan priests defied anticlerical laws passed during the French Revolution to bring balanced Christian education to a small village in southern France by operating a seminary. The founders’ devotion to work, involvement in the Church, simplicity of their life, and a call to deeper community life continue to inspire the priests of St. Basil today.

The community has been resilient and successful for almost two centuries: growing, changing, and adapting. The Basilians have made courageous choices throughout their history and as a result this small, but persistent order now serves students and parishioners in four countries. The values and traditions of the Basilians position them well to serve the needs of an increasingly diverse global community that is hungry for the foundations of the balanced Basilian way of life: education and evangelization.
Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For more than ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact on their communities at a local, national, and global level.