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WHAT WE DO

We see our life together as a living out of the Gospel in a concrete way.  The way of life is grounded in voluntary simplicity and the offering of hospitality to those whom God sends us.

From this foundation, we speak out against injustice, violence and consumer culture.

 

Continuing in the Catholic Worker tradition, the Catholic Worker of Akron offers a Roundtable discussion once a month.  We also gather for Lection Divina weekly.

We are a lay apostolate, and we are always happy to share about our community.  Come and visit us anytime, or we would be happy to come and speak to your parish or group.

Murray Peace House
Catholic Worker Hospitality

We try to live the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy through the practice of hospitality.

 

For us, hospitality means: providing shelter, food, emotional and spiritual support;  breaking the cycle of homelessness;  advocacy for homeless and marginalized people;  tutoring children, as well as adults for the GED;  connecting people to the services that they need;  being present to God in the other; where we once were strangers, we are now family.

According to Alexander Stauch, "Hospitality is love in action.  Hospitality is the flesh and muscle on bones of love.”

Who We Helped in May, June and July

... and how

  • Assisted 4 families with finding legal counsel and providing rides to appointments.

  • Assisted 7 families

  • Assisted 4 families in obtaining gently used summer clothing.

  • Assisted 3 families with buying needed medicine.

  • Assisted 8 families in completing forms for school, doctor appointments, tax related paperwork, and in reading mail received.

  • Provided a 3 day a week Fun Learning Program for 8 weeks which included story time around a theme, buddy reading, crafts, gardening, food fun, and outdoor play.( 14 children and 3-4 volunteers).  Next year, we will open it up to the children on Princeton street.

  • Assisted 6 families in finding gently used furniture and new beds.

  • With the help of Mickey and the Peter Maurin truck, moved a woman into her apartment.

  • ESL tutoring

  • Family fun 2 picnics with volunteers, zoo trip with volunteers for 1 family, trips to Portage Lake for swimming

  • 4 women participating in Capacitar (empowering women through breath, movement, and conversation.