As we have worked to establish the Motels4Now program and ensure its sustainability, we have struggled to meet the monthly financial obligations of Our Lady of the Road and our Catholic Worker household. Would you please consider helping on a monthly basis and inviting others in your circle to do so? Together, we can continue practicing the works of mercy, listening for the promptings of God’s Spirit.
In this note from Israel, Cassandra Dixon (Mary House CW, Oxford, Wisconsin) reports on the September 6 court hearing regarding her assault by an Israeli settler. The settler’s lawyers interrogated doctors and rejected hospital reports in an attempt to downplay the severity of the assault, Dixon says, and the judge ejected her human rights lawyer from the courtroom. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for November 2.
As she prepares to return to Israel for the trial of the man who assaulted her, Cassandra Dixon (Mary House Catholic Worker, Jackson, Wisconsin) is asking supporters to help the people of Tuba plant an olive grove on their land. Her appeal letter is reprinted here.
In this issue: CWers protest nuclear weapons at Volkel Air Base, White House; House of Grace Free Clinic granted zoning variance; Mary’s House vigil for James Barber execution; L.A. Catholic Worker on a roadmap to house the homeless; Pope Francis writes new preface to “From Union Square to Rome”; Amistad CW continues backyard hospitality for displaced tent encampment; Martha Hennessy on the Eucharistic Revival and the Catholic Church; London CW lauds Catholic bishops’ document on migrants; and more.
“Love the Stranger,” the new teaching document published by the Catholic Bishops in England and Wales, is a clear challenge to the widespread hostility to migrants and refugees reflected in the UK government’s Illegal Migration Bill. This article originally appeared in the August 2023 issue of the London Catholic Worker newsletter and is reprinted with permission.
The following statement of beliefs, values, and commitments from the June 2023 Catholic Agitator (newspaper of the L.A. Catholic Worker) offers another take on how different Catholic Worker communities frame what they do.
In June 2023, Brother Johannes r Maertens of the London Catholic Worker visited the Dunkirk refugee camp in the Northern France with the charity Art Refuge and joined the local team of the NGO Doctors for the World. Here’s his report.
Ellen Grady, one of several Catholic Workers arrested at Vokel Air Base this summer, wrote a letter prior to her departure explaining her decision to join the protests at Peace Camp Vokel. The text of that letter follows.
The Catholic Archbishops of Santa Fe, Seattle, Nagasaki, and the Bishop of Hiroshima have formed a partnership to work for a nuclear-free world, setting goals for action to be taken by 2025. What follows is the text of their joint press release.
This is the sixth in a continuing series of articles about how to start a Catholic Worker community, told through the lived experience of the Tampa Catholic Worker.
St. Martin de Porres is a Catholic Worker community located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. There is currently only one community member here and he is planning on applying to religious life with the hopes of beginning in the summer of 2024. Therefore, the community is seeking at least one new community member to come, be trained, and take over the operation.
In this issue: Reflecting on “ecological conversion”; Theo Kayser protests NAATO exercises with Kommuniteten Senapskornet (Mustard Seed Community) in Luleå, Sweden; the canonization debate continues; a reflection on Dorothy Day’s complicated attitude toward sex; the complexity of racism in the Catholic Worker Movement; Des Moines CW receives a hefty bequest; and more.
The following press release was issued by John LaForge, Frits ter Kuile, and Susan Crane in advance of Peace Camp Volkel August 4-10. The action centered on climate and nuclear disarmament issues is coordinated by the Amsterdam Catholic Worker, and the U.S. delegation includes many Catholic Workers.
Here’s the July 2023 issue of via pacis, the newsletter of the Des Moines Catholic Worker.
All I was asking for was a little retreat and reprieve from all the sufferings of my heavy heart. Instead, Brian and Betsy and a menagerie of goats put me to work.
“A Catholic Worker Primer” was originally drawn by Chuck Trapkus in 1986 and continues to be distributed and reprinted in Catholic Worker circles as much for its ability to distill the essence of the Movement as for its fun and irreverent style.
Sacred Tent CW is currently looking for two female live-in community members.
The Iowa City Catholic Worker recently appealed for financial help for a migrant farmworker badly injured in a grain elevator accident.
A delegation from the Archdioceses of Santa Fe and Seattle is embarking on a Pilgrimage of Peace to Japan for the purpose of building stronger ties with the Church there and advocating for universal, verifiable nuclear disarmament.
Here’s the Summer 2023 issue of THE SOWER, the newsletter of Strangers and Guests Catholic Worker Farm.