Clerics of Saint Viator
St. Viator lived during the fourth century in the area of Lyon, France, and served as an aide to Bishop Just. He worked as a catechist helping young people develop their religious beliefs. By public acclamation, both St. Viator and Bishop Just were declared saints.
In 1831, Father Louis Querbes of Lyon established a religious community of young men to assist the clergy in their parish work, especially in the teaching of catechism to young men. This association of young men grew into a religious community. When Father Querbes looked for a model for his group, he remembered Viator, the Saint from his home city who carried out similar work centuries before.
For more than 160 years, Viatorians have proclaimed the Gospel as educators and ministering to a variety of needs. Today, that congregation includes around 800 priests, brothers, and lay associates who continue to serve as a community dedicated to education and spreading the mission initiated by their founder, Father Louis Querbes.