The Catholic Worker Movement

Denver Catholic Worker House Destroyed By Fire

In the early morning hours on Thursday, January 28th, 2016, the Denver Catholic Worker house of hospitality for people experiencing homelessness, caught fire and was burnt out. You can make a donation online to help with the rebuilding.


"The biggest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution that has to start with each one of us."
Dorothy Day

An Appeal

One of Dorothy Day's semi-annual appeal letters. "I like writing an appeal when we literally have nothing,... we ask you again with loving gratitude, to help us."

"...why the things are what they are, how the things would be if they were as they should be, and how a path can be made from the things as they are to the things as they should be."
Peter Maurin

The Duty of Hospitality

An Easy Essay
by Peter Maurin


On May 1, 1933, in the depths of the Great Depression, The Catholic Worker newspaper made its debut with a first issue of twenty-five hundred copies. Dorothy Day and a few others hawked the paper in Union Square for a penny a copy (still the price) to passersby.

Today 236 Catholic Worker communities remain committed to nonviolence, voluntary poverty, prayer, and hospitality for the homeless, exiled, hungry, and forsaken. Catholic Workers continue to protest injustice, war, racism, and violence of all forms.

Explore the life and writings of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin.
Discover what Catholic Worker communities worldwide are doing today to fulfill Dorothy and Peter's vision. It is a fascinating story.


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