Our Catholic Mission Histories

In November, we took time to consider what settlers have to gain from exploring our histories on Native land (https://youtu.be/3oFjyoKroZ0).

On January 30, we return to challenge the conventional mission narratives. With the help of Dr. Jonathan Cordero, we will name the specific, varied, heartbreaking truths of the California mission system.

Please join us for the presentation, small group discussions, and skills building that will equip us to better engage these hard parts of our spiritual histories.

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Our Guests Appreciate the Calendars and Hats That Were Donated

Hannah distributes 2022 calendars and hats to our unhoused guests, who are greatly appreciative of the generosity of our supporters who donated them.

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Happy New Year! – ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

The Los Angeles Catholic Worker community hopes this New Year brings each and all many blessings, and much happiness, love, peace, and joy.

Let us dedicate our lives, our actions, to upholding gospel values and building a more just and equitable society that peace may prevail.

No more racism; No more sexism; No more homophobia; No more xenophobia; No more patriarchy; No more economic inequality; No more homelessness; No more nuclear weapons; No more war; No more fossil fuel use! And, an equitable and bountiful distribution of COVID vaccines worldwide to end this insanity. People and the common good over profits.


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Bob Harper – Rest In Peace

It is with great sadness that we announce that Bob Harper, father of L.A.C.W. Matt Harper, passed into the Heavenly Cloud of Witnesses today after a battle with cancer. Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with the Harper family. We ask that you also keep them in prayer.


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Merry and Blessed Christmas (Feliz Navidad)!

Merry and Blessed Christmas (Feliz Navidad!) to each and all from the L.A. Catholic Worker community.

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Jesse Love Lewis Memorial

On Sunday, December 12, we gathered to celebrate Jesse’s life. It was a partly sunny and pleasant day with community, family, and friends gathered to pray, sing, and share stories of Jesse. Jeff and Catherine were the celebrants, with Clare and Donald leading us in song.

To conclude the memorial, we gathered in our memorial garden, where Donald led us in blessing Jesse’s ashes and the burial site, then placing dirt over the ashes in the final burial.

We then continued the celebration with homemade tamales, cake, pie, ice cream, and root beer floats. Jesse would have loved it. We miss you, Jesse! (NOTE: The “LOVE” circle on the altar is Jesse’s grave marker, also, click on photos to view at higher resolution.)


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Dorothy Day Canonization

This LINK is to a good article by the Religion News Service on Dorothy Day’s canonization process, in which the L.A. Catholic Worker is quoted.

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Patty Carmody – Rest in Peace

It is with great sadness that we announce that Patty Carmody, former community member, and longtime dear friend, joined the Heavenly Cloud of Witnesses on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at 10 pm from cancer, which she struggled with for the past few years. She is deeply loved and will be sorely missed, and never forgotten.

Arrangements are forthcoming. Please check back in the coming days.


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2021- 2022 Holiday Schedule

The “Hippie Kitchen” will be closed on Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25, and New Year’s Day, Saturday, January 1.

We will be open on Thursday, December 23 and Tuesday December 28, and Thursday, December 30, and Tuesday, January 4

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December 2021 Catholic Agitator

The December 2021 Catholic Agitator is now online.

In this issue:

Christmas Appeal

The Time Is Now! by Mike Wisniewski

John August Swanson Obituary by Mike Wisniewski

Sr. Megan Rice Obituary by Mike Wisniewski

Jesse Lewis Obituary by Mike Wisniewski

A Posture Deeper Than Protest by Matt Harper

Book Review: Healing Haunted Histories by David DeCosse

Harriet Tubman: Conductor On The Underground Railroad by Jeff Dietrich

A Particular Sacredness by Lauren Calka

Book Review: The Sandbox Revolution by Megan Ramsey

Mariposa Musings by Chris Evans


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Jesse Lewis Memorial

There will be a memorial service for Jesse Lewis on Sunday, December 12, 2021, at 2 pm at the L.A. Catholic Worker Hennacy House, 632 N. Brittania St., Los Angeles, 90033. The service will be outside.

We are thankful you are joining us to celebrate the life of Jesse Lewis. A few notes on COVID and safety. Because of the new COVID variant and the low vaccination rate on Skid Row, we will be taking precautions to ensure we keep everyone as safe as possible.

First, we are asking everyone to wear a mask at all times. Second, we are asking everyone to practice social distancing throughout the event. Finally, we strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated. At this time, only fully vaccinated people are allowed into our home.

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Attend the 41st Anniversary Commemoration of the Four U.S. Church Women Martyred in El Salvador

Join the LACW community for a live stream memorial service on Thursday,  December 2, at 3:30 pm PST to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the four U.S. churchwomen martyred in El Salvador. The actual service will be held at the Maryknoll Sisters  Chapel in New York. You can attend the virtual event by going to this LINK. (https://maryknollsisters.org/livestream)

The four women — (pictured from top left) Sister Ita Ford, M.M., Sister Dorothy Kazel, O.S.U., lay missioner Jean Donovan, and Sister Maura Clarke, M.M, were, on Dec. 2, 1980, abducted, raped, shot, and murdered by Salvadoran national guardsmen trained at the U.S. School of the Americas (SOA) in Fort Benning, GA. The murders were part of a brutal pattern of attacks by death squads and members of the Salvadoran Armed Forces against persons working with El Salvador’s poor and war refugees.

The women were killed nine months after the assassination, in March 1980, of El Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero, also killed by graduates of the SOA with U.S. taxpayer money.

In 2001, the Pentagon changed the name of the school to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). New name, the same game–training Latin American troops and police in counterinsurgency and repression technics (i.e. torture).

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