The Catholic Worker Movement

Pope Francis highlights the work of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement in address to the U.S. Congress:

"In these times when social concerns are so important, I cannot fail to mention the Servant of God Dorothy Day, who founded the Catholic Worker Movement. Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints."

"A nation can be considered great when it defends liberty as Lincoln did, when it fosters a culture which enables people to “dream” of full rights for all their brothers and sisters, as Martin Luther King sought to do; when it strives for justice and the cause of the oppressed, as Dorothy Day did by her tireless work, the fruit of a faith which becomes dialogue and sows peace in the contemplative style of Thomas Merton."

Read the entire address to Congress

"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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