About the Movement

The Appalachian Catholic Worker is part of a wider movement within the Roman Catholic Church.

The Catholic Worker Movement began simply enough on May 1, 1933, when a journalist named Dorothy Day and a philosopher named Peter Maurin teamed up to publish and distribute a newspaper called “The Catholic Worker.” This radical paper promoted the biblical promise of justice and mercy.

Grounded in a firm belief in the God-given dignity of every human person, their movement was committed to nonviolence, voluntary poverty, and the Works of Mercy as a way of life. It wasn’t long before Dorothy and Peter were putting their beliefs into action, opening a “house of hospitality” where the homeless, the hungry, and the forsaken would always be welcome.

Over many decades the movement has protested injustice, war, and violence of all forms.Today there are some 213 Catholic Worker communities in the United States and in countries around the world. Each house and farm is autonomous with its own unique ministry that fits the needs of the times and its place.  There is no central office or head governing agency.

For more information on its history, co-founders, and other houses and farms around the world, click here: The Catholic Worker Movement

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