A religious congregation founded in 1831 in Vourles (near Lyons), France, by Father Louis-Marie Querbes to educate boys and to help in the general parish ministry. Following a request from Monseigneur Ignace BOURGET
, bishop of Montréal, the congregation came to L'Industrie [Joliette], Canada East, in 1847 and spread throughout Canada and into the US. The congregation is known for its invaluable contribution to the education of those with special needs (the blind, deaf, mute) and for its modern teaching methods (which have sparked a great deal of controversy among teaching congregations). In 1996 there were 187 fathers and 239 brothers (54.2% of the world total) in Canada.
L. Bonneville, Louis Querbes, fondateur des Clerics de Saint-Viateur (1989); R. Bonnafous, Louis Querbes et les Catéchistes de Saint-Viateur (1993).