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Paulist Fathers Statement on the Events in Charlottesville, VA

August 16, 2017

“Because I am an American, I am a better Catholic. Because I am a Catholic, I am a better American.”

These words of our founder, Servant of God Isaac Hecker, are the religious heritage of the Paulist Fathers. It is a heritage that we call upon in the wake of the tragic events at Charlottesville, VA, and the confusion resulting from statements of our President.

These events and statements have caused great dismay to many Americans as well as to those around the world who look to the United States as a beacon of freedom and equality. They have served to embolden leaders of white supremacist, neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic movements to promote further their very evil causes.

Americans fought the Civil War against the philosophies that spawned the events in Charlottesville. Since then, our nation has engaged in a civil rights struggle for some 100 years to guarantee the rights of all American women and men. American women and men of every background fought in World War II to defeat the Nazi regime, fascism, theories of racial superiority and anti-Semitism.

The sacrifice of generations of American heroes proclaims that you cannot be an American and espouse fascism, you cannot be an American and espouse white supremacism, and you cannot be an American and espouse anti-Semitism. Read More


On Tuesday, August 29 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. there will be a prayer vigil at Old St, Mary’s.

Violence comes in many forms: physical, mental, emotional; against people and the environment. Our prayers will be to end all violence, whatever the form or target.

After the Masses on August 19, 20, 26 and 27 as well as at the Vigil, all will have the opportunity to fill out a card with your intentions and place a purple ribbon in the basket.

Donations will be collected at the Vigil for the Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach. For more information see