Catholic Workers live a simple lifestyle in community, serve the poor, and resist war and social injustice. Most are grounded in the Gospel, prayer, and the Catholic faith, although some houses on this list state that they are interfaith. Each Catholic Worker house is independent and there is no "Catholic Worker headquarters".
Income for Catholic Worker houses can come from outside jobs held by members or by cottage industries developed by the community, but most houses survive on donations. Every Catholic Worker house can use donations of money and/or specific items like food, clothing, etc...Most can also use volunteers from the surrounding community to help with the work. If you feel called to do something about poverty and homelessness in your community, your local Catholic Worker house would be a great place to start. This is a list of all the Catholic Worker communities that we know about, indexed by state or country.
United States: (216 communities)AL | AZ | CA | CO | CT | DC | FL | HI | ID | IL | IN | IA | KS | KY | LA | MA | MD | ME | MI | MN | MO | MT | NV | NJ | NM | NY | NC | OH | OK | OR | PA | RI | SD | TN | TX | VA | WA | WV | WI |
International: (33 communities)Argentina | Australia | Canada | Dominican Republic | France | Germany | Mexico | New Zealand | Philippines | South Korea | Sweden | The Netherlands | Uganda | UK |
2107 Avenue G
Birmingham AL 35218
Quarterly newsletter: Magnificat
Hospitality primarily for families and single women; nonviolent witness: peace vigils twice weekly, vigils against the death penalty; first Friday Mass; discussion groups; Advent and Lenten retreats.
Consider contacting the Mary's House to volunteer your time or to participate in their community life.
Andre House of Hospitality
1002 W Polk
PO Box 2014
Phoenix AZ 85001
Publication: The Open Door
Core community of lay and religious.
Consider contacting the Andre House of Hospitality to volunteer your time or to participate in their community life.
401 E 26th St
Tucson AZ 85713
Daily soup kitchen; clothing; peace and justice work; Eucharist on Mondays.
Consider contacting the Casa Maria to volunteer your time or to participate in their community life.
217 N. McCormick Street, #5
Prescott AZ 86301
Publication: Quixote's Epistle
Quixote's Garage is located in Sam Hill Alley, between Granite and McCormick Streets, just north of Willis in downtown Prescott.
Quixote's Garage is a drop-in for anyone who needs a place to be out of the cold, heat, etc, or just a safe, calm place to relax during the day. The hours are 8:30am-2pm every day except Thursday. (That includes weekends and holidays). We have a telephone and take messages, our address can be used to receive mail, we have several couches, free coffee and sometimes goodies. We average around 20 people a day using the place.
Consider contacting the Quixote's Garage to volunteer your time or to participate in their community life.
Guadalupe Catholic Worker
267 Campodonico Ave
Guadalupe CA 93434
Publication: Beatitude House Newsletter
Guadalupe is a small town on California's Central Coast with a high population of immigrants and farmworkers. Beatitude House is a community of volunteers from various backgrounds, all committed to serving Guadalupe's low-income residents. Beatitude House's current programs for direct service include: food, clothing and furniture distribution; medical clinic; medical and social service advocacy; and a summer day camp for kids. In line with the Catholic Worker philosophy of not merely serving the poor but also resisting war and other social injustices that perpetuate poverty, Beatitude House conducts regular vigils and civil disobedience at Vandenburg Air Force Base.
General contact: Dennis Apel, at 805-343-6322, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consider contacting the Beatitude House to volunteer your time or to participate in their community life.
Burning Bush: Center for the Working Poor
1289 Bellevue Ave
Los Angeles CA 90026
We serve the working poor of Los Angeles and are building a movement for a living wage. We distribute food to the homes of immigrant workers. We support whistle-blowers who stand up for their rights at their jobs. We offer our house of hospitality to those in need. And we do resistance work: organizing students, workers and community to fight for a living wage. We need volunteers who want to live communally, grow spiritually, and join the movement.
Consider contacting the Burning Bush: Center for the Working Poor to volunteer your time or to participate in their community life.
We are a small house of hospitality for women and children experiencing homelessness. We are looking for full-time, live-in Catholic Workers (especially women), who want to commit a year or more of their lives to this work. A commitment to non-violence, simple-living, and a faith-based life style are required. Prior community living experience is helpful.
In addition, we need weekly or monthly volunteers to help with various aspects of our work, such as our neighborhood food distribution, and cooking & cleaning at the Catholic Worker. We are also looking for those who can offer their professional services to us - mechanics, plumbers, hair stylists, dentists, etc.[Menu]
Denver Catholic Worker
2420 Welton St
Denver CO 80205
Publication: Denver Catholic Worker
The Denver Catholic Worker House community is tremendously grateful to everyone who has contributed to our rebuilding following the January fire. We've been hoping for a long time that we were about to get another house, but if so, it doesn't look imminent. We're staying together as a community, doing limited hospitality in some of our homes, and some of us are pouring lots of energy into creating tiny home villages in Denver (one is up and running). If another big house becomes a possibility for us, we'll let you know.
55 E Third St
New York NY 10003
Publication: The Catholic Worker
Consider contacting the Maryhouse to volunteer your time or to participate in their community life.
Peter Maurin Farm
41 Cemetery Rd
Marlboro NY 12542
Consider contacting the Peter Maurin Farm to volunteer your time or to participate in their community life.
St Joseph House
36 E First St
New York NY 10003
Publication: The Catholic Worker
Consider contacting the St Joseph House to volunteer your time or to participate in their community life.
St Joseph's House of Hospitality
402 South Ave
PO Box 31049
Rochester NY 14603
Publication: Rochester Catholic Worker
At St. Joseph's House of Hospitality, the sources of our spirit and the direction are the teachings of Jesus and the founding work of Dorothy Day. Since 1941, we have been an independent, non-profit organization, sustained by the donations and financial contribution of individuals and groups. We accept no funds from the government. We are rooted in the belief that through God we are provided with our daily needs.
Consistent with the philosophy of the Catholic Worker Movement, we share our hope for a "new society," a new way of being with one another. People who come to this house are "guests," ambassadors of God. We attempt to form the community through commitment to the following:
Our Catholic Worker House of Hospitality serves a hot meal daily for about 100 people. We provide hospitality year round and winter emergency shelter. Room, board, and a stipend may be available for catholic workers. If interested, contact email@example.com or call (585) 232 - 3262. [Menu]
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