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Peace & Justice

Viatorian Calls for Action

published on: August 15, 2019

Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, serves as president of one of the largest graduate schools of theology, Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and with its title comes responsibility. This week, Fr. Francis joined with members of the Council of Religious Leaders … Continue reading

Viatorians Take Part in Protest Outside of ICE Detention Center

published on: August 13, 2019

Viatorians were among the 250 people who protested Sunday outside of the Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee, including Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, and Fr. Tom Long, CSV. The protest was one of 50 around the country, timed around Tisha … Continue reading

Viatorians Respond to Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

published on: August 8, 2019

As members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Viatorians add their voice to a statement calling for immediate legislation on gun violence and a national examination of conscience, in response to the loss of more than 30 lives … Continue reading

Migrant Children Campaign Gains Momentum

published on: August 1, 2019

Members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men — of which the Viatorians are members — are amazed at the numbers of participants they are drawing in a campaign they call, “Catholic Action for Migrant Children.” Below is a … Continue reading

Viator House of Hospitality Making News

published on: July 30, 2019

More than two years after it opened, Viator House of Hospitality continues to serve as an alternative to detention for young immigrant men awaiting asylum hearings — and as a model for other communities. Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, and Br. … Continue reading

Viatorians Stand with Colombians as They March for Their Lives

published on: July 26, 2019

Hundreds of Colombians are taking to the streets today. Their demand? That the Colombian government get serious and do its job to protect the country’s human rights defenders and social leaders who are building peace from the ground up. Defendamos … Continue reading

Latin America Working Group Works to Preserve Peace in Colombia

published on: July 2, 2019

The Latin America Working Group — working with other international rights organizations — has created a memo, which outlines the promises and challenges for peace in Colombia. It comes a little more than two years after the signing of the … Continue reading

Coalition on Human Needs Publishes Latest Report

published on: July 2, 2019

The Washington-based Coalition on Human Needs works with national organizations to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and vulnerable people. Its latest Human Needs Report issues updates on budget and appropriations items, immigration, poverty, education and labor, … Continue reading

Conference of Major Superiors of Men Reacts to Conditions of Children Detained at the Border

published on: July 1, 2019

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Gospel of Matthew, 10:14. In its latest Justice and Peace Alert, members of the Conference of Major Superiors … Continue reading

Supporting a Negotiated Peace between Israelis and Palestinians

published on: June 24, 2019

The Viatorian Community joins with the Washington-based Churches for Middle East Peace in reaffirming its commitment to a comprehensive, negotiated peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. This peace agreement should be based in UN resolutions and international law, respecting the … Continue reading

Documenting Human Rights Abuses at the Border

published on: June 24, 2019

Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, just returned from a pilgrimage to the border, where he led young people in retracing the footsteps of migrants through the desert trying to reach safety. Now, comes this report, from PBS News Hour, documenting human … Continue reading

Viatorians Welcome New Bills Signed in Illinois

published on: June 21, 2019

The Viatorian Community stands with Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his determination to make Illinois a “welcoming state.”         Just this morning, he signed three “Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois” bills, that had been advocated for by … Continue reading

Celebrating World Refugee Day

published on: June 20, 2019

Today is World Refugee Day, and the Viatorian Community joins with the United Nations in celebrating the many contributions refugees have made in our local communities and we stand in solidarity with them as they seek to better their lives. … Continue reading

An Urgent Catholic Call for Energy Transition

published on: June 19, 2019

As members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), Viatorians support the organization’s commitment toward climate control. CMSM released this statement following up Pope Francis’ meeting on June 13-14th with major fossil fuel executives and investors at the … Continue reading

Accompanying Young People on a Pilgrimage to the Border

published on: June 18, 2019

Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, calls it a pilgrimage as he accompanies young people retracing the steps of migrants trying to cross the desert. Together, they reflect on the role faith plays in “welcoming the stranger.” Twice a year, for the … Continue reading

Working Toward Just Policies for Latin America and the Caribbean

published on: June 3, 2019

In its spring edition of the Advocate, the Latin America Working Group shares the latest news on: A Wake-Up Call: Colombia’s Peace at Risk Stand Strong for the Rights of Migrants and Refugees Voces from Mexico’s Southern Border: Civil Society … Continue reading

Reflections on Catholic Nonviolence and Migration

published on: May 29, 2019

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men, of which the Viatorians are active members, has been serving on the global steering committee and chairing the education committee of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative. Its executive committee now is looking at re-calibrating … Continue reading

Breaking Fast for a Cause

published on: May 24, 2019

It was something of a first this week when a small group of Muslim women organized an iftar, or dinner during Ramadan, at the Viatorian Province Center, as a fundraiser for Viator House of Hospitality. They filled the meeting room … Continue reading