Heard Around the Catholic Worker (#4, March 3, 2023)

Here’s a roundup of Catholic Worker news for March 3, 2023, including a new film about the Kingsbay Plowshares 7, new community newsletters, a profile of Dorothy Gauchat, and more.

Media of Interest

New Film: Breaking Bread and Laws: Radical Discipleship for Justice and Peace

Austrian filmmaker Cristina Yurena Zerr recently produced a 35-minute film about Martha Hennessy’a struggle for justice and nuclear abolition in relation to the Kingsbay Plowshares 7 action. The film was aired on Austrian television in November 2022 and is available for screening; interested parties can contact Cristina for more information:

What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ in the 21st century? This question frames the portrait of Martha Hennessy (USA), a woman of deep faith who constantly questions how she can help create a more just, liberated society. Due to her protest against nuclear weapons she was sentenced to prison in 2020. Her commitment has its roots in the Catholic Worker movement, co-founded in 1933 by Martha’s grandmother Dorothy Day, a leading peace activist being considered for beatification by the Vatican. Like her grandmother who protested against nuclear armament, Martha Hennessy was prosecuted by the state as a criminal and sent to prison for her activism. This film explores faith and resistance to structures of violence.

CW Newsletters & Other Media

Mark Colville Wants the Catholic Worker to be More Contextual

Coffee with Catholic Workers #10: Mark Colville (Hartford Catholic Worker) on encampments and advocating for the right of unhoused people to stay on public land.

Magnificat (Nazareth House, Philippines) Lent/Easter

The Lent/Easter issue of Magnificat, the newsletter of Nazareth House Catholic Worker, is out now:

  • THE CARE MANAGER (Gerald’s Story)
  • Voluntary Poverty
  • Cpmmunity News

Houston Catholic Worker (January – March)

The print edition of the January – March Houston Catholic Worker newspaper is out, with a couple of stand-out articles:

Simone Weil House

Simone Weil house has issued a newsletter:

Call for Volunteers

New on CatholicWorker.org

How to CW

A few days ago, we put up a page called How to Start a Catholic Worker. Mike Doyle at Dorothy Day Tampa suggested writing a series on the topic, but I’m hoping we can round up some more advice from other Catholic Workers, too. This page will serve as a kind of hub for this information.

Mike’s inaugural article also inspired a new category: How to CW. I’m hoping this will become a hub for articles on everything from how to cook for thirty-five people when you were only expecting to feed ten (the “C” answer here is spaghetti, of course) to creating a cooperative as your community’s legal entity to drafting house rules. Again, your submissions are welcome.


Here’s what else I’ve been working on the past two weeks:

  • fixing the broken search tool…you should find it works now, better than ever. Also, the search results page now features a single column, which may be easier for some people to scan;
  • fixed the broken link to the 2019 Aims and Means page, which has also been properly typeset;
  • Rosalie and I continue to work on the book directory; expect a public rollout by April.

Also, check out this new content:

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