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Viatorians Participate in Las Posadas

December 19, 2016

Fr. Moses Mesh, CSV, was at the head of the 11th annual Posada, accompanying Joseph and Mary as they searched for lodging on a cold, wintry night in downtown Chicago.

Fr. Moses Mesch, CSV, right, accompanies Mary and Joseph during the recent Posada in Chicago. (Photo by Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune)

Fr. Moses Mesch, CSV, right, accompanies Mary and Joseph during the recent Posada in Chicago. (Photo by Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune)

The one-mile Posada was sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago and its Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity Immigration Ministry.

While it recreates the Christmas story of Mary and Joseph seeking a place to stay in Bethlehem, the procession has come to signify a walk “in solidarity with immigrant sisters and brothers who — as the Holy Family sought a place to stay — are seeking legislative shelter.

Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, also participated in the Posada. As the coordinator of peace, justice and integrity of creation for the Viatorian Community, he  looks for active expressions of faith. However, in this instance, Br. Gosch took part as a member of Sisters & Brothers of Immigrants.

A similar Posada also took place at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan, IL, where most of its students are from immigrant families.

Fr. John Milton, CSV, and Br. John Eustice, CSV, attended the Posada, which featured students in the roles of Mary and Joseph as they searched for a place to stay, while those who attended participated with songs, prayer and the recitation of the rosary.