Father Clete Kiley conducts special blessing in response to hotel workers’ request

Fr. Clete Kiley. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Chicago

In the Oct. 26, 2017 edition of the Chicago Sun-Times, columnist Michael Sneed writes about the special blessing conducted recently by Fr. Clete Kiley of the area in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas where a sniper shot and killed 58 people and injured nearly 500 more at a nearby concert on Oct. 5.

Fr. Kiley, director for Immigration Policy for Unite Here and founder of the Priest-Labor Initiative, spoke of his experience, stating, in part that he felt surrounded by the mystery of evil. He went on to say: “Then, I noticed the absolutely most stunning hotel room view you could imagine. I found there was no way to hold any of this together rationally. I kept saying this is just evil, raw evil.

“So I blessed the water according to the Roman ritual and then began to bless my companion and me, and then each and every corner of the suite.

“I blessed each bullet and room going back down the hall. I used the prayer for the blessing of a house and extended the prayer with an invocation to the Holy Spirit to descend in this place with light, joy, peace, hope and life.”

The special blessing was requested by the leadership of the Culinary Worker’s Union, many of whose members were traumatized by the carnage.

For Michael Sneed’s entire column, click here.