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Are These Fashion Trends Green or Greenwashed?

published on: January 21, 2020

The Washington-based nonprofit organization, Green America, works to stop abusive powers — and to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. One of its latest issues looks at clothing, and how it affects the earth. Green America officials state … Continue reading

A Religious Response to the Tensions Between the U.S. and Iran

published on: January 21, 2020

Fr. Mark Padrez, OP, executive director of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, issued a statement this month about the growing tensions between the United States and Iran: “As tensions between the United States and Iran grow, this is … Continue reading

Viatorians Oppose Torture in All Forms

published on: January 21, 2020

One of the most enduring commitments of the Clerics of St. Viator is to work to end government sponsored torture in this country. A story published Jan. 20 in the Guardian, names the psychologists who designed the CIA torture program. … Continue reading

The Latest from the Coalition on Human Needs

published on: January 13, 2020

The Viatorians subscribe to the Washington-based Coalition on Human Needs. This alliance of national organizations works together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations. Its members include civil rights, religious, labor, and professional … Continue reading

Border Trip Veteran Takes Next Step and Visits Chiapas, Mexico

published on: January 7, 2020

Brian Trzop graduated from Saint Viator High School in 2002 but he continues to maintain relationships with the Viatorians. Back in 2013, he was one of a delegation of young people to travel to the Viatorian mission in Belize. Four … Continue reading

Connect with Resources Through the Social Justice Resource Center

published on: January 7, 2020

The Viatorian Community supports the work of the Social Justice Resource Center, which is to link faith to action by providing information and resources on the social issues of our time. Viatorians stand in solidarity with its mission, which states … Continue reading

A Return to the Border with Young People

published on: January 6, 2020

For the seventh time, Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, accompanied a group of young people as they retraced the steps of migrants trying to cross the desert. He calls it a pilgrimage, as together they reflect on the role faith plays … Continue reading

A Shared Vision for Peace not Violence with Iran

published on: January 6, 2020

The habits of dehumanization, violence, and war continue in U.S. policy and culture. The recent assassination of an Iranian leader is just another example of our disease and addiction to violence. Whether it is a retributive criminal justice system, the … Continue reading

Becoming a Community of Hope

published on: January 2, 2020

Pray for Migrants Forced to Remain in Mexico

published on: December 23, 2019

Since our nation started forcing asylum-seekers to “Remain In Mexico” more than 636 have been attacked, kidnapped or raped. Now more than 50,000 men, women and children wait in some of the most dangerous towns in the world after asking … Continue reading

Children of Abraham Coalition Takes its Mission on the Road

published on: December 10, 2019

Leaders of the Children of Abraham Coalition actively strive to be ambassadors for interfaith dialogue and advance relationships between different faith traditions. That’s why their latest venture took them to the Illinois Holocaust Museum, whose mission not only remembers Holocaust … Continue reading

Cut the Pentagon Budget in Favor of Reinvesting in Communities

published on: December 9, 2019

Viatorians joined with more than 30 faith communities in an open letter to 2020 presidential candidates asking them to put #PeopleOverPentagon by calling for significant cuts to the Pentagon budget, reinvestment in our communities and a more peaceful approach to … Continue reading

Viatorians Endorse New Way Forward Act

published on: December 5, 2019

Viatorians joined with members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men in endorsing the “New Way Forward” Act, which would help restore fundamental principles of due process and compassion to a deeply unjust immigration system. Sponsored by U.S. Representatives … Continue reading

Asylum Seekers Becoming Increasingly Desperate

published on: November 26, 2019

A story in the Washington Post demonstrates how desperate asylum seekers are getting as they spend months and months in tent cities in Mexico, awaiting for their cases to be heard. As writer Kevin Seiff documents, children are getting sick … Continue reading

Welcome Asylum Seekers and Concentrate on Humanitarian Needs

published on: November 26, 2019

Viatorians are joining members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men in urging Congress to welcome those seeking asylum in the U.S. and to focus any federal spending related to asylum seekers on meeting humanitarian needs and addressing the … Continue reading

Marriott’s Green Program Hurts Housekeeping Staff

published on: November 20, 2019

When Marriott announced its Green Program as a way to help the environment and lead to sustainability, it was a veiled attempt at covering up cutbacks, say hospitality employees and members of the Unite Here union, based in New York. … Continue reading

Homeless at Greater Risk of Exploitation

published on: November 18, 2019

This week, the London-based Stop the Traffik organization released its Greater Manchester Homelessness and Exploitation report. The research shines a light on alarming vulnerabilities of the homeless community, including rough sleepers, to human trafficking modern slavery. In it, the organization … Continue reading

Justice and Peace Alert from Conference of Major Superiors of Men

published on: November 13, 2019

Members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men have kept up the pressure on private banks to stop financing private prisons. The private prison industry is detaining over 70 percent of immigrants in ICE custody and are complicit in … Continue reading

Volunteer Tax Preparers Needed

published on: November 12, 2019

Looking for ways to partner with Viatorians in their mission to help “those accounted of little importance?” Here’s a way that offers real benefits: St. Viator Parish in Chicago is gearing up for its IRS-sponsored Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) … Continue reading

Feeding Hungry Children is a Priority for Viatorians

published on: November 5, 2019

One of the core principles of the Viatorian mission is fighting hunger in this country. Consequently, they support the Food Research and Action Center, or FRAC and its mission to eradicate hunger and under-nutrition in this country. In its latest … Continue reading

Latin America Working Group Gives Update on Asylum Seekers and their Conditions

published on: October 31, 2019

Viatorians support the Washington-based Latin America Working Group in its mission to ensure that U.S. policies advance human rights, peace, and social, environmental, and economic justice in Latin America and the Caribbean. As part of that mission, the organization regularly … Continue reading