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A Call for Authentic Change Amid Racism and Brutality

published on: June 2, 2020

The 200 men’s religious communities who make up the Conference of Major Superiors of Men — of which the Viatorians are members — issued a statement today, amid this week of turmoil. “This moment in our nation and in the … Continue reading

A Viatorian Response to George Floyd’s Death

published on: June 1, 2020

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. That is a phrase that I remember from my earliest memories.  It was driven into us as children. When I look at today’s world, that simple phrase seems to … Continue reading

Ways to Put Faith into Action

published on: May 29, 2020

The Chicago-based Social Justice Resource Center offers ways of putting faith into action by providing information and resources on the social issues of the time. In its latest newsletter, its links include statistics about the 15 million of the world’s … Continue reading

Condemning Racism and Xenophobia during Pandemic

published on: May 27, 2020

The Viatorian Community joins members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men and the U. S. Catholic Conference of Bishops in acknowledging the disproportionate impact the coronavirus has had on African American communities. They also condemn xenophobia against Americans … Continue reading

A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery

published on: May 26, 2020

In the wake of the Feb. 23, 2020 shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed African American man who was jogging in an Atlanta suburb, the organization, Faithful America, fights back against this potential hate crime. Organization leaders are promoting a … Continue reading

Modern Slavery and the Pandemic

published on: May 22, 2020

While COVID-19 dominates conversation and the world is in lockdown, human trafficking is far from people’s minds. Human trafficking thrives because it is a hidden crime. Officials with the London-based Stop the Traffic organization are trying to get the full … Continue reading

A Catholic Response to COVID-19 Behind Bars

published on: May 21, 2020

Viatorians join with other faith leaders in sending a message of solidarity to currently and formerly incarcerated individuals, their loved ones and those who are charged with their care. Pope Francis urges all of us not to forget those in … Continue reading

Another Successful Ramadan Fundraiser

published on: May 19, 2020

A Cook County Commissioner, a Viatorian priest and a group of Muslim women all came together this week, on the one-year anniversary of a successful fundraiser to help unaccompanied young migrants, held during the holy season of Ramadan. It was … Continue reading

Viatorians Join with Faith Leaders in Supporting Workers

published on: May 18, 2020

Viatorians and other faith leaders involved with Arise Chicago, ask: Why are some workers able to follow CDC guidelines to quarantine for 14 days after encountering a COVID+ co-worker, but most low-wage workers are not? Fr. Chuck Dahm, a Catholic priest … Continue reading

Rural Parishioners at St. George Have a Heart for Young Asylum Seekers

published on: April 29, 2020

The Parish of St. George is set amidst a backdrop of cornfields, in a rural corner of Bourbonnais. It’s a long way — more than 70 miles — from the Viator House of Hospitality in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs, but when … Continue reading

Viatorians Join Others in Urging Congress to put People over the Pentagon

published on: April 27, 2020

In a statement released today, the Viatorians joined with nearly 40 faith communities and advocacy groups in objecting to the exorbitant amount of money spent on militaries worldwide to be an irresponsible and harmful use of global wealth. The Global Military … Continue reading

A Reflection on the Return to Normalcy amid COVID-19

published on: April 24, 2020

Officials with the Chicago-based Voices for Creative Nonviolence offer an article by Brian Terrell, questioning whether a return to normalcy is the ultimate goal after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. In his article, “COVID-19 and the Wasting Disease of Normalcy,” he … Continue reading

Human Trafficking Victims even more Vulnerable during Pandemic

published on: April 24, 2020

Since 2002, officials with the Washington-based Polaris Project have worked to combat and prevent modern-day slavery and human trafficking. In their latest update, Polaris officials report that the crime thrives on chaos and desperation. That means in times like these, vulnerable populations are … Continue reading

Latest Newsletter from the Latin America Working Group

published on: April 22, 2020

The Washington-based Latin America Working Group aims to ensure that United States policies protect migrants and human rights, uphold justice, and advance environmental and economic rights. In the group’s latest newsletter, The Advocate, its articles document the impact of COVID-19 … Continue reading

Examining the Impact of Laudato Si’

published on: April 21, 2020

Five years after Pope Francis released the landmark encyclical, Laudato Si’ (“On the Care of Our Common Home”), he is inviting the Church to participate in Laudato Si’ Week, May 16-24. Members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men … Continue reading

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