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.
In the July/August 2023 issue of The Regenerative Reader, Spencer Hess writes of “Maurin-ite” and “Hennacy-ite” Catholic Workers—those who farm and those who agitate. But does that distinction really make sense? For many Catholic Worker farmers, the work of the land and the work of resistance go hand-in-hand.
This is the seventh in a continuing series of articles about how to start a Catholic Worker community, told through the lived experience of the Tampa Catholic Worker.
“These settlers act with impunity because Israel has impunity in the world, and they have that because of the U.S.,” Cassandra Dixon (Mary House CW) says. She hopes the September 7 trial of the Israeli settler who attacked her might help to change that.
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.
As climate activist Jessica Reznicek marks two years in prison, her friends and supporters are asking for people to drum up support for her. The attached letter was forwarded by Frank Cordaro of Des Moines Catholic Worker.
What if we had a roadmap that promised to help move people from the streets into housing? Would that inspire more of us to accompany and help unhoused people on that journey? Matt Harper interviews two longtime housing advocates to create such a roadmap for L.A.’s Skid Row. This article originally appeared in the August 2023 issue of The Catholic Agitator.
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.
Two bishops, two cathedrals, and two very different responses to the devastation American atomic bombs wrought on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This essay appeared in the August 2010 issue of THE CATHOLIC WORKER and is reprinted here with permission from the author.
Claire Schaeffer-Duffy (Sts. Francis and Therese CW) recounts her journey to Ukraine on behalf of the Zaporizhzhia Protection Project, an innovative peace initiative that seeks to engage unarmed civilians in the establishment of a no-fire zone around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.
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.
Theo travels north…way, way north…to visit Sweden’s Mustard Seed Community, where he joins in a prayerful protest of NATO’s “Arctic Challenge” and enjoys a lot of “fika.”
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.