Catholic Workers Movement

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Catholic Workers Movement Dr. Allan History 106 United States History
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“Religion and The Worker: How Does Institutional Religion Regard The Worker?” The Catholic workers movement was founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in 1933. This was during the Great Depression in the United States. The main goal of the Catholic Worker is to live in accordance with the justice and charity of Jesus Christ. The overlaying principles of this movement is to proceed with hospitality towards those who are less fortunate, such as the homeless, exiled, hungry and forsaken. Today, there are over 180 Catholic Worker communities, predominantly in the United States, however they are found in countries all over the world. They are committed to values including nonviolence, voluntary poverty, prayer, and hospitality to the aforementioned unfortunate persons. “Our rule is the works of mercy. It is the way of sacrifice, worship, a sense of reverence,” said Dorothy Day. Dorothy Day had begun her life as a journalist. She had lived a bohemian lifestyle, was married twice and had an abortion – which she later wrote about in the novel The Eleventh Virgin. Later in life she found herself looking for more reverence in her life. She then turned to Catholicism, joining Our Lady Help of Christians Parish on Staten Island in December, 1927. Together, she and Peter Maurin began the Catholic Worker Newspaper (Which is still in print today, and is sold for a cent a copy). This led to a house of hospitality in New York City, followed quickly by a series of farms
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