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End the War in Yemen

published on: April 13, 2021

In writing for Voices for Creative Nonviolence, founder Kathy Kelly cites grim statistics of how the war in Yemen has affected its people, and most alarmingly its children. Kelly wrote her latest opinion piece, “Hunting in Yemen,” for the website, … Continue reading

Viatorian Community Pledges to Protect LGBT Youth

published on: April 9, 2021

This week, the Viatorian Community and Viator House of Hospitality added their names to the list of faith communities joining with the Tyler Clementi Foundation in standing up for at-risk LGBT youth in our country. In doing so, Viatorians join … Continue reading

Standing in Solidarity with Asian Americans

published on: April 5, 2021

The Viatorian Community supports the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) for its solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities across the nation. They have endured racism in this country for centuries and, over the past year, have been … Continue reading

Children Feeding Children in Las Vegas

published on: March 29, 2021

Eliminating hunger is one of the top priorities of the Viatorian Community and that was on full display this month at St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas. Once again, its parishioners — and schoolchildren — pitched in to assist … Continue reading

A Call to Congress to Assist Migrants Now

published on: March 10, 2021

While the newly introduced U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 may be the comprehensive reform that has long been sought by Catholic advocates, there are two current pieces of legislation that could assist immigrants now, according to officials with the Conference … Continue reading

Searching for Ways to Atone for Atrocities in Iraq

published on: March 8, 2021

As Pope Francis makes his historic visit to Iraq this week, peace activist Kathy Kelly hopes he can find ways to atone for the war crimes and atrocities committed on Iraqi people. The pontiff’s visit comes 30 years after the … Continue reading

Virginia Legislators Abolish the Death Penalty

published on: February 25, 2021

Viatorians join with members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men in applauding the state of Virginia for taking a stand against the death penalty. Virginia made news this week as the first southern state to abolish the death … Continue reading

Another Successful Food Drive

published on: February 19, 2021

Students from three Viatorian institutions worked together Thursday afternoon to feed the hungry. They staffed a mobile food bank that took place at Cristo Rey St. Martin High School Waukegan, which partnered for the second time with the Northern Illinois … Continue reading

New Hope for Path to Citizenship and Humane Immigration System

published on: February 19, 2021

The Viatorian Community joins with the National Immigration Justice Center in welcoming the introduction of the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, which creates a path to citizenship for millions of people in the United States. It also abandons the failed … Continue reading

Cristo Rey St. Martin: Putting Faith into Action

published on: February 16, 2021

Once again, Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep opened its campus this month to help minimize the effects of the pandemic. This time, the school partnered with a  local Jewel-Osco Pharmacy to provide a vaccination clinic for elderly and frontline … Continue reading

Cristo Rey St. Martin Helps Set Up Mobile Food Pantry

published on: February 3, 2021

Viatorians joined with students, staff and families of Cristo Rey St. Martin on Saturday in organizing a mobile food pantry in the school’s parking lot. The drive-through event was a partnership between Northern Illinois Food Bank and CRSM’s Campus Ministry … Continue reading

Hear from a Survivor of Gun Violence

published on: February 1, 2021

Today launches National Gun Violence Survivors’ Week and to help bring awareness to gun violence, the Viatorian Community supports Everytown Survivor Network and in particular this week, its Moments that Survive series of videos from survivors. The Everytown Survivor Network … Continue reading

A Call on Biden Administration to Overhaul Central America Policy

published on: January 26, 2021

Viatorians stand in solidarity with more than 70 other organizations, including the Washington-based Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, in calling for the Biden administration to overhaul U.S. policy toward Central America, including immigration policies that affect … Continue reading

St. George Parish Committed to Supporting New Life

published on: January 25, 2021

Churches across the country are participating this week in the 9 Days for Life Novena, including St. George Parish in Bourbonnais, where its members are praying for the unborn — and actively working to build a culture of life. Associate … Continue reading

Honoring the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita

published on: January 23, 2021

Members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men — of which the Viatorians are members — join with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General, who designated the feast of St. Josephine … Continue reading

Viator House of Hospitality Nears Fourth Anniversary

published on: January 14, 2021

Nearly four years have passed since  Viator House of Hospitality opened its doors as an alternative to detention for young immigrant men awaiting asylum hearings. The ministry will reach its fourth anniversary on Jan. 17. While the home has drawn … Continue reading

Seeing the Feast of the Epiphany in a New Light

published on: January 6, 2021

This week’s celebration of the feast of Epiphany invites us to consider the journey of the magi as recounted in the Gospel of Matthew. Their action was motivated by invisible belief and illuminated by a bright light in the dark … Continue reading