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Accompaniment and Solidarity from a Pastoral Len

published on: March 30, 2020

Envisioning Gospel-based Solidarity and Flourishing with Migrants Members of the Viatorians gathered last week with Catholic religious justice and peace leaders in a virtual meeting organized by the U.S. Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM). They met to develop … Continue reading

Viatorians Respond to COVID-19 Crisis

published on: March 24, 2020

Viatorians in the Chicago Province are taking an active approach to serving those in need, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ever mindful of their commitment to “those accounted of little importance,” Viatorians made a lead donation to a … Continue reading

In Support of Oscar

published on: March 11, 2020

Oscar is community member, father of two daughters who are U.S. citizens, and an active parishioner at St. Viator Parish in Chicago. He has been fighting his deportation case for several years. At his September, 2019 check in he was … Continue reading

Get the Latest Facts about DACA

published on: March 5, 2020

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country. With more than 400,000 members, the Washington D.C. based organization fights for justice and dignity for all immigrants. Here’s the latest in its Top 5 Facts video series … Continue reading

In Support of the New Way Forward Campaign

published on: February 18, 2020

The Immigrant Justice Network, along with a coalition of grassroots and national organizations, demands that Congress take legislative action to disentangle the criminal legal and immigration systems that propagate mass incarceration and mass deportation, paving a New Way Forward for … Continue reading

Viatorians Support Latin America Working Group in Defending Rights of Migrants

published on: February 18, 2020

In the latest Migration News Brief published by the Washington-based Latin America Working Group, its officials point to ways in which the Trump administration are denying migrants their due process. Here are some of the latest examples: ICE Detainees Were … Continue reading

Taking a Stand Against Solitary Confinement

published on: February 18, 2020

Viatorians join with the Washington-based Coalition on Human Needs in exposing the growing jail crisis in rural America — and it starts with the continued use of solitary confinement. In a story published this month in CHN’s Voices for Human … Continue reading

Taking a Stand Against Mass Incarceration

published on: February 14, 2020

Jails and prisons don’t make us safer — but investing in our communities does. Law enforcement is using fear to stop transformation and justice all over the country, but most recently and urgently in New York. For years communities fought … Continue reading

In Support of the Faith 4 Asylum Campaign

published on: February 12, 2020

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men and its Interfaith Immigration Coalition — that include many Catholic organizations — launched its Faith 4 Asylum campaign with mobilizing vigils the last week of January. They are working in collaboration with border … Continue reading

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