The Catholic Worker Movement

The Catholic Worker Movement is an authentic gospel witness of community and action in our time. The Movement is grounded in a firm belief in the God-given dignity of every human person.

"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

The Mystery of the Poor

What we do for the poor we do for Christ which leads to an increase in faith and belief in love.

"...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

What the Catholic Worker Believes

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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