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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

10 Things to be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

published on: November 28, 2016

The Viatorian Community joins with the Washington-based Coalition on Human Needs in enumerating 10 things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. We’re thankful the official poverty rate is down, median household income is up, and the percentage of uninsured Americans … Continue reading

Standing Up for Racial Justice

published on: November 15, 2016

The Viatorian Community joins with other Catholic organizations committed to building God’s beloved community, and confess our own complicity and that of our organizations and our Catholic Church in the institutional racism that continues to plague our society. We have failed our … Continue reading

Joining the Global Fight Against Forced Labor

published on: November 4, 2016

Two years after a legally-binding treaty requiring governments to take new measures to tackle modern slavery was ratified, it will go into effect on Nov. 19. Called the Forced Labor Protocol, it was first adopted at a conference in 2014, held … Continue reading

Election Discernment and Compassion

published on: November 4, 2016

The Viatorian Community joins with the Conference of Major Superiors of Men and several other religious communities, in promoting an election voter guide based on the spiritual messages of Pope Francis. It covers life and creation, the economy, peace, immigration, … Continue reading

Last Immigration Alert Before Nov. 8 Election

published on: November 1, 2016

Action Items Before the Nov. 8 Election

published on: October 27, 2016


Raising Awareness of Sex Trafficking in U.S. Cantinas and Bars

published on: October 13, 2016

One of the main priorities of the Viatorian Community is working to end sex trafficking in this country. Working with the Washington-based Polaris Project, Viatorians join in the fight to eradicate modern day slavery. Consequently, the latest report issued by … Continue reading

Studying the Sign of the Times of This Election Season

published on: October 13, 2016

Viatorians join with Pax Christi USA — and its mission statement guided by the spirituality of nonviolence — in examining the issues of the presidential election. We also draw from the wisdom of Scripture and Catholic social teaching as our … Continue reading

Viatorians Join Convergence at U.S-Mexico Border

published on: October 11, 2016

Members of the Viatorian Community joined with the human rights group, SOA Watch, at its convergence at the U.S./Mexico border in Nogales, AZ. Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, Br. Peter Lamick, CSV, and Br. Rob Robertson, CSV, joined with … Continue reading

Standing in Support of Garment Workers

published on: October 11, 2016

Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, has taken to mailing post cards in recent weeks, not from travel sites, but to promote a fair and living wage for garment workers. As the coordinator for justice, peace and integrity of creation for the Viatorian … Continue reading

Viatorians Endorse the SOA Watch at the Mexican Border

published on: October 4, 2016

The Viatorian Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office is endorsing the SOA Watch Convergence at the Mexican Border October 7-10, 2016.   Vigils, protests and workshops at the Eloy Detention Center, in Tucson, and in Nogales, Arizona/ Sonora at the border wall … Continue reading

Alert on Immigration

published on: October 4, 2016

Viatorians Support Calls for Justice in Mexico

published on: October 3, 2016

It has been two years since the enforced disappearance of the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa rural teachers’ college occurred in September, 2014 in Mexico. On the 2nd anniversary of these egregious attacks and enforced disappearances of the Ayotzinapa students, the … Continue reading