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Action Alerts for Immigrants

published on: September 18, 2018

Viatorian Continues to Advance Interfaith Dialogue in Wake of 9/11

published on: September 11, 2018

Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, continues to be unwavering in his remembrance of 9/11: He works to foster interfaith dialogue and tolerance. “We can’t stop all the religious-based hate in the world, but we can do our part,” Fr. Corey says. “We … Continue reading

New Actions from Catholic Rural Life

published on: September 6, 2018

James Ennis, executive director of Catholic Rural Life urges Catholics to fast and pray in response to recent news in the church. Here is his letter: “The past several weeks have been very difficult for many Catholics as revelations of … Continue reading

Who Will Fill Their Shoes?

published on: September 5, 2018

Viatorians are called to embrace “those accounted of little importance,” and that’s just what they were doing Saturday when they attended a rally on the lawn of the Kankakee Courthouse, calling for an end to detention of immigrants in Kankakee … Continue reading

New Action Items for Refugees

published on: August 21, 2018

Ways to Aid Immigrants and Their Families

published on: August 14, 2018

Latest Action Alerts on Immigration

published on: August 13, 2018

Praying for Immigrant Children Separated from their Families

published on: July 30, 2018

A prayer vigil held July 24 on the front lawn of the Kankakee County Courthouse drew pastors and lay leaders from several religious congregations, including Fr. John Peeters, CSV, pastor of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kankakee. They gathered as … Continue reading

Justice for Immigrants and Corporate Accountability

published on: July 25, 2018

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men — of which the Viatorians are members — has joined more than 70 organizations of the Families Belong Together coalition to call on Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase to stop financing for-profit … Continue reading

Latest Action Items on Immigration

published on: July 24, 2018

Finding Creative Ways to Bring Christ into the Home

published on: July 18, 2018

Officials with the St. Paul, MN-based, Catholic Rural Life, have been dedicated to the American countryside since 1923, through applying the teachings of Jesus Christ to the social, economic and spiritual development of rural America.  Their latest initiative is bringing back … Continue reading

Dreamers Still May Apply for DACA Renewal

published on: July 18, 2018

Despite a recent claim by Justice Department officials that their aim is to end DACA, or Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals, there is still time for Dreamers to renew their DACA status. According to the Washington-based, United We Dream, DACA … Continue reading

Polaris Project Develops a Roadmap to Disrupt and Prevent Human Trafficking

published on: July 18, 2018

The Polaris Project, which is dedicated to ending all forms of modern day slavery, has just published a report that they describe as a “roadmap” to disrupt and prevent human trafficking. This report focuses on the private and public sector, … Continue reading

Viatorians Demand Dignity for Domestic Workers and Farmworkers

published on: July 12, 2018

Without a typical HR department in place, domestic workers and farmworkers are often expected to endure abuse at the hands of their employers and clients. While progress has been made in so many industries, these workers have been written out … Continue reading

Action Items to Support Separated Children

published on: July 10, 2018

Viatorians Promote Ways to Keep Families Together

published on: June 28, 2018

Despite the president’s recent executive order, the administration continues to prosecute and indefinitely detain asylum seekers, and families remain at risk of being separated. We must continue to fight for children and parents seeking safety in the United States. Here … Continue reading

Viatorians Believe that Family Separation is Immoral

published on: June 25, 2018

In light of the Trump administration’s scaled up efforts to separate children from their parents when they come to the border fleeing violence and seeking help, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men has issued a statement calling for this … Continue reading

Human Trafficking on Temporary Work Visas and how to Eradicate It

published on: June 15, 2018

A new report published by the Polaris organization, the leader in the global fight against modern slavery, identified nearly 800 victims of labor trafficking — who held temporary work visas — through reported cases to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, from January … Continue reading

Viatorians Support Bishops’ Statement Against Separating Immigrant Families

published on: June 14, 2018

In a Washington Post report Wednesday, leading U.S. bishops escalated their criticism of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, calling new asylum-limiting rules “immoral” and rhetorically comparing the crackdown to abortion, by saying it is a “right-to-life” issue. Viatorians support the bishops, in … Continue reading

Making a Pilgrimage to the Border with Teens

published on: June 13, 2018

For the fifth time in three years, Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, is leading a group of young adults from Viatorian ministry sites to the border between Arizona and Mexico. He calls it a pilgrimage, as together these young people retrace the steps of … Continue reading

Separating Immigrant Children from their Parents and the Catholic Church

published on: June 12, 2018

The U.S. administration has scaled-up their policy to separate children from their parents when they come to the border. Since October, 2017 — and with a major spike in the last four months — more than 1,000 children have been … Continue reading

Reflections on Finding a Lasting Peace in Afghanistan

published on: June 12, 2018

Kathy Kelly is the co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare. She has made many trips to Afghanistan and after a recent trip, she filed this report about the Afghans’ profound desire to … Continue reading

Praying for Farmers as Farm Bill Deadline Approaches

published on: June 7, 2018

The Farm Bill is an important piece of legislation that affects farmers and rural communities across the country. As a religious community, Viatorians support farmers both in prayer and in advocacy. Consequently, they have joined in letter campaigns aimed at … Continue reading