Wednesday morning started out like any other in the chapel at the Viatorian Province Center, as

Fr. Michael Keliher celebrates Mass.

retired Viatorians gathered for morning Mass, celebrated by Fr. Michael Keliher, CSV.

But this was no ordinary day. Only hours before, insurgents had stormed the nation’s capitol building, in a violent riot that resulted in four deaths and halted a democratic process meant to advance the peaceful transition of power.

Viatorians prayed along side of the sisters of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Among the prayers for the faithful, they collectively called for “a restoration of sanity in Washington and that peace be restored.”

Later, as they prepared to receive the Eucharist, they prayed the Our Father together, “but deliver us from evil, amen.”

Viatorians affirm the latest statements against this violence, including ones issued by Saint Viator High School and Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago.