St Francis Catholic Worker

St Francis Catholic Worker

We at the St. Francis Catholic Worker are guided by the first Beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Our community originally started in Washington, D.C. in 1979 as a hospitality house. In 1981, under the direction of John and Polly Mahoney, we began offering spiritual retreats for those living in shelters and transitional houses. In 1993, we moved to our current location in Spotsylvania, Virginia. We continued our focus on spiritual retreats. In 2013, Polly went to be with Jesus and John with a core of dedicated people, continued the retreats. During the past five John suffered from his own health issues and on January 3rd, God called him to Eternal Life.

We are going to serve the Fredericksburg Region which is the largest populated area in the state of Virginia between Washington and Richmond. We will continue spiritual retreats, but also, extend our focus to helping with all those in spiritual need.

Our facilities are very old and run down. We are in the process of refurbishing and renovating them. We have suspended activities until we get them in order so we can safely bring people here. We need help during this time. If you feel moved to, please send us a donation to: SAINT FRANCIS CATHOLIC WORKER WEST.

We are very fortunate to have a community of people dedicated to its future to serve others in need. George, Deacon Dave, and Mariah are working together to get the renovation project completed properly, efficiently, and safely, as we can.

For any questions, please contact George Evans at 540-972-3218.

St Francis Catholic Worker
9631 Peppertree Rd
Spotsylvania VA 22553



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—Peter Maurin

“God meant for things to be much easier than we have made them.”

—Dorothy day