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Reflections on President Trump’s Budget for Rural America

published on: March 27, 2017

Last week, President Trump released his inaugural budget request for the coming fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. Unlike past detailed budget proposals typically issued by the White House, President Trump’s budget was in the form of bullet points. Widespread coverage … Continue reading

Action Items on Immigration

published on: March 27, 2017

In Support of Safety and Justice for Immigrants

published on: March 8, 2017

The Provincial Council of the Clerics of St. Viator joined with 560 other national, state and local organizations in signing a letter that was sent March 8 to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sec. John F. Kelly and U.S. Immigration … Continue reading

Viatorians Involved with Hosting Interfaith Immigration Forum

published on: March 7, 2017

Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, and his Children of Abraham Coalition helped to sponsor an interfaith immigration forum on March 5, which drew not only four different faith communities to participate, but 200 people to attend. It took place at St. … Continue reading

In Respect of Places of Worship

published on: February 24, 2017

Standing with Brothers and Sisters in Faith

published on: February 21, 2017

With President Donald Trump’s revised order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations expected this week, faith leaders from several religions gathered Monday for an interfaith breakfast  at Chicago’s Downtown Islamic Center. Among them was Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, an attorney and human … Continue reading

Welcome Home Congressmen with Personal Visit

published on: February 7, 2017

With members of Congress returning to their home states and districts this month, officials with the Conference of Major Superiors of Men suggest scheduling a personal visit, pointing to its effectiveness or a phone call or email. Here are some … Continue reading

Volunteers Lining Up to Support Viator House of Hospitality

published on: February 6, 2017

Volunteers filled every seat in the meeting room of the Viatorian Province Center — and then some. They grabbed dining room chairs and those from other rooms in order to sit in on the first training session led by Fr. Corey Brost, … Continue reading

Viatorians Stand in Solidarity with Refugees Seeking Resettlement

published on: February 1, 2017

On behalf of the Provincial Council and the Clerics of St. Viator — and as Catholic priests and brothers — we stand in solidarity with those refugees seeking resettlement/asylum in the United States through the approved U.S. Refugees Resettlement Program.  Our faith … Continue reading

Human Trafficking Reports Increase Last Year by 35 Percent

published on: January 31, 2017

The numbers are in — and they are alarming. Officials with the Polaris Project, the Washington-based organization that works to eliminate all form of modern slavery, reported its statistics from the National Human Trafficking. In 2016, they learned of 8,042 cases … Continue reading

Ways to Help Immigrant Families

published on: January 31, 2017

Cardinal Blase Cupich Responds to Refugee Ban

published on: January 31, 2017

Viatorians Working to Eliminate All Forms of Modern Slavery

published on: January 23, 2017

Last year, Viatorians supported efforts on behalf of 14 Myanmar workers who escaped exploitation on a Thai poultry farm that supplied poultry to food giant Betagro. This year, despite an outpouring of support from around the world, the workers will … Continue reading

An Open Letter to President Donald Trump

published on: January 20, 2017

As members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Viatorians join with them and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious — collectively representing more than 55,000 religious sisters, brothers and priests — in issuing an open letter to President-Elect Donald Trump. … Continue reading

Viatorians Support the Bridge Act

published on: January 19, 2017

The BRIDGE Act is a bi-partisan bill — co-sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) — that aims to maintain protection from deportation for the estimated 800,000 undocumented residents who currently have DACA (Deferred Action for … Continue reading

Students Help Prepare Viator House of Hospitality for Opening

published on: January 17, 2017

No matter where Viatorians serve, they remain committed to young people — and to “those accounted of little importance.” That commitment was evident Saturday, when Viatorians led a group of Saint Viator High School students joined with their peers from Cristo Rey St. Martin … Continue reading

Standing Up for Immigrants and Immigrant Policies

published on: January 17, 2017

National Migration Week and the Viatorian Response

published on: January 9, 2017

Even before National Migration Week opened across the country, Viatorians gathered at the Viatorian House of Hospitality, located in the Chicago area, to begin preparing to welcome their first residents: young men from El Salvador, Guinea, Honduras, Somalia and Sri Lanka. They … Continue reading

ARISE Chicago Reaches Important Milestone

published on: December 20, 2016

The Viatorian Community proudly supports ARISE Chicago, which for 25 years has been building partnerships between faith communities and workers — to fight workplace injustice. Arise Chicago upholds the belief that every person is created in the image of God and … Continue reading

Viatorians Participate in Las Posadas

published on: December 19, 2016

Fr. Moses Mesh, CSV, was at the head of the 11th annual Posada, accompanying Joseph and Mary as they searched for lodging on a cold, wintry night in downtown Chicago. The one-mile Posada was sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago and its Office of … Continue reading

Viatorians Find Hope in Pope Francis’ Message for World Day of Peace

published on: December 13, 2016

In his annual World Day of Peace message for 2017, Pope Francis tells us to embrace “Non-Violence: a Style of Politics for Peace.” In his message, Pope Francis urges us to practice active nonviolence and work to prevent conflict by addressing its … Continue reading

A Pledge in Response to the Presidential Election

published on: December 12, 2016

Statement on the Election from 8th Day Center for Justice  “Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” St. Augustine … Continue reading

Speaking Out in Defense of Thai Workers

published on: December 12, 2016

In observance of International Human Rights Day, we share with you firsthand testimony from Myanmar migrant works who escaped exploitation from Thai poultry farms earlier this year with the help of Walk Free, an organization that works to end slavery, … Continue reading

The Blessing of Night

published on: December 7, 2016

As the daylight hours give way during the month of December, the night calls our attention. Darkness invites us into its mystery, to gaze into its star-filled sky with wonder. As we watch and wait for the Light during the season … Continue reading

Viatorians Advance Zonta International’s Campaign to End Violence Against Women

published on: December 7, 2016

A pair of Viatorians — Fr. Richard Pighini, CSV, and Associate David Surprenant — are among the range of men from the Bourbonnais and Kankakee region asked to participate in an awareness campaign organized by members of the Zonta Club … Continue reading

Ways to Be In Solidarity with Immigrants and Refugees during Advent

published on: December 1, 2016

In this time of preparation for the birth of Jesus, we recall the challenge the political powers felt with his arrival and their urgent attempt to destroy him and break up the Holy Family. As Jesus’ family fled as refugees … Continue reading

Viatorians Hear From Bishop Robert McElroy at San Diego Immigration Conference

published on: December 1, 2016

Viatorians involved in social justice outreach — including Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, Br. Michael Gosch, CSV and Fr. Tom Long, CSV — attended a two-day Catholic Immigration Integration Initiative Conference in San Diego. Its keynote speaker was Bishop Robert McElroy of … Continue reading