The Catholic Worker Movement
The Catholic Worker Movement was founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in 1933, is grounded in a firm belief in the God-given dignity of every human person.
Today over 204 Catholic Worker communities are around the world. There are 17 in the United States and 29 international communities. The 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 in all forms.
The aim of the Catholic Worker movement is to live in accordance t the justice and charity of Jesus Christ. Our sources are the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures as handed down in the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church as well as the writings of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin.
This aim requires us to begin living in a different way.
We recall the words of our founders, Dorothy Day who said, “The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart: a revolution that starts with each one of us,” and Peter Maurin who wanted to build a society “where it is easier for people to be good”.
The Catholic Worker of Akron began in 1998 when several members of St. Bernard’s Parish came together in prayer to discern whether they could form a Catholic Worker Community. The result of this discernment was the founding of the first house-the, offering hospitality to homeless men, women, and children. Now the house offers hospitality to families and women. The Murray Peace House is also used for tutoring and community gatherings. In two years, another house was opened: Casa Marie Jose, offering outreach to the Hispanic Community.
In 2001, the Catholic Worker of Akron bought a third house, Dorothy Day House, established as a house in which full-time volunteers live. The Peter Maurin Center is our drop-in center offering food, coffee, fellowship and prayer to all in South Akron.
Currently three of us live and volunteer in the community, while many other volunteers live elsewhere. Since its inception, the Catholic Worker of Akron has been blessed with hundreds of guests who have become family to us. Both the Catholic Worker of Akron and the Peter Maurin Center are 501(c)(3) organization.
You can watch this wonderful documentary about our community founder. It's called Sister: The Life Ministry of Sister Catherine Walsh, by the Joshua Tree Productions: