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Chicago Archdiocese Honors Viatorian for “Extraordinary Conviction”

May 9, 2017

Br. Michael Gosch and Sr. Rayo Cuaya-Castillo talk with a young resident

Anyone who knows Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, knows his passion for social justice and in particular, his mission to advance justice for immigrants.

On Monday, at the Keep Hope Alive benefit, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago and its Immigration Ministry, Br. Gosch was honored as the recipient of the Strangers No Longer award.

Cardinal Blase Cupich presented Br. Gosch with the award, along with Elena Segura, who is the associate director of the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity and the senior coordinator for immigration.

Specifically, the award recognizes a leader with “extraordinary conviction — one whose efforts to seek justice for immigrants serves as a witness of our call to bring the Kingdom of God to our society. The Gospel mandate to ‘welcome the stranger’ reminds us of our moral obligation to be a voice of change so that newcomers are strangers no longer.”

Br. Gosch serves as coordinator of justice, peace and integrity of creation for the Viatorians. In that role, he works to involve the community in social justice issues in collaboration with other religious communities and organizations.

Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, coordinator of justice, peace and integrity of creation for the Viatorian Community speaks out against deportation raids

Br. Gosch, along with Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, co-founded the Viator House of Hospitality, a residence for immigrant males, ages 18-22, who are seeking asylum in the United States.

In addition, Br. Gosch has been actively involved for many years in the advocacy, education and pastoral efforts of the Sisters and Brothers of immigrants (SBI), including taking on various leadership roles to help advance immigration reform.

The Strangers no Longer award recognizes his active leadership and participation with SBi, his support to Pastoral Migratoria at St. Viator Parish in Chicago, as well as his accompaniment of asylum seekers and post-detention youth and young adult immigrants.