Fr. Corey Brost first met Cardinal Blase Cupich, in 2015, just months after he was appointed Archbishop of Chicago. As a newcomer to the city, Cardinal Cupich set out to visit its Catholic schools and among the first he visited was Saint Viator High School.

Fr. Brost presents Cardinal Cupich with a Saint Viator cap and jacket during his 2015 visit.

Fr. Brost was there to meet him as president of the school and he accompanied Cardinal Cupich as he toured its facilities and met its students. Less than six months later, Cardinal Cupich would return to dedicate the school’s transformational Rebuilding Our Future with Faith renovation.

This month, their paths will cross again when Fr. Brost receives the Strangers No Longer award at the Keep Hope Alive benefit, hosted by Cardinal Cupich. The award is the signature honor bestowed by the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Dignity and Solidarity. Although the event is virtual, the award highlights all of Fr. Brost’s work in immigration since leaving Saint Viator in 2016.

Fr. Corey Brost, CSV

“This award recognizes your leadership in being a voice for the voiceless,” said Elena Segura, Senior Coordinator of Immigration, “and for your continuous dedication and compassionate accompaniment of young-adult immigrants at Viator House of Hospitality, your interfaith
educational efforts, and your tireless advocacy work.”

Fr. Brost will receive his award Oct. 29. He serves as Executive Director of Viator House of Hospitality, while remaining active with the Children of Abraham Coalition, which he started in 2011 to combat faith-based hatred and advance interfaith understanding, as well as leading regular trips to the border with young people.

“Your work and commitment are an extraordinary witness,” Ms. Segura adds, “of our call to bring the reign of God to our society.”