Fr. Jerry Zawada, OFM – ¡PRESENTE!

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our longtime friend, Fr. Jerry Zawada, OFM – nuclear resister, peace and justice activist, Franciscan Friar. Jerry joined the Heavenly Cloud of Witnesses on July 25, at the age 80.

Jerry served his early years as a Franciscan priest in the Philippines, and later worked with the homeless, war refugees, and survivors of torture in Chicago, Milwaukee, Mexico, Las Vegas, Tucson and elsewhere. Jerry was imprisoned for two years in the late 1980s for repeated trespass at nuclear missile silos in the Midwest; served three six-month prison sentences (2001, 2003, 2005) for trespass at the U.S. Army School of the Americas (renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation – WHINSEC) at Fort Benning, Georgia, and two months in prison in 2007 after crossing the line to protest torture training at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Jerry was also arrested several times at Creech AFB in Nevada, protesting against U.S. drone policy, and at Vandenberg AFB in California, protesting against U.S. nuclear missile testing. In addition, a few years ago, his advocacy for and celebration of Mass with Catholic women priests earned a disciplinary letter from the Vatican.

Jerry did not stop standing up and speaking out for a peaceful, just, and nuclear-free world, even when in recent years he physically slowed down and was not quite sure how far his legs would carry him. His life will remain an example to many: Those who knew and loved him, and those who never had an opportunity to meet him, but know of his legacy. Thank you, Jerry, for your faithful witness. You will be dearly missed. (Photo by The Nuclear Resister)

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July 30 Pool Party Cancelled

Due to a death in the family of the host, Dr. Rich Meehan, this Sunday’s pool party went from being rescheduled to now being cancelled. Please keep the Meehan family in prayer. Thank you.

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Books Needed

Our soup kitchen library for our friends downtown is in dire need of books. If you have books you no longer want or know of someone who has plenty and willing to pass them on, please consider donating them. Westerns (Louis L’Amour etc), novels, sports related, fiction, nonfiction, biographies and autobiographies are very popular, but religious/spiritual/theological books are not. Please send or bring them to Hennacy House, 632 N. Brittania St., Los Angeles, CA 90033-1722 Thank you. Many blessings.

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Our Foot Care Ministry Needs Men’s White Socks

Summer is a time when our homeless friends on Skid Row need clean socks for optimum foot health. Our foot care ministry needs NEW large men’s white socks, sizes 13-15, or large tube socks. Please bring or send them ASAP to Hennacy House – 632 N. Brittania St., Los Angeles, CA 90033-1722. Thank you. Many blessings.

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Meet Our 2017 Summer Interns

Our 2017 Summer Interns have arrived. Each has displayed an eagerness to learn about our work and get to know us, and our guests at our soup kitchen.

In photo at left are (standing) Kaleb Havens, from Los Angeles (Left); Marc Gulaya, from Irvine, California; (sitting) Lilian Vasquez, from Los Angeles (Left); Iris Vazquez-Howard, from Olympia, WA. We warmly welcome them and wish them a very blessed and fruitful summer living and working with us. Check back here regularly for updates and photos.

See additional photos HERE. (NOTE: Double click on photos to view in high resolution)

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LACW Highlighted On New York Cable Show “All Things Catholic”

See this LINK to watch the 25 minute segment on NET TV – All Things Catholic: Return to the Los Angeles Catholic Worker – Season 4 Episode 6 Airdate: 5/18/17

This week on All Things Catholic, host, Joe Estevez returns to the Los Angeles Catholic Worker. He interviews community members and volunteers to discuss the importance of its mission on Skid Row.

Tune in every Thursday at 9PM. The show is available on Time Warner Cable Channel 97, Channel 48 on Verzion Fios, and Cablevision Channel 30 in the New York Area. For more information, please go to

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Kitchen Closed on Tuesday, July 4.

Just a reminder that in keeping with our tradition, Hospitatlity Kitchen (AKA Hippie Kitchen) will be closed on Tuesday, July 4. We will reopen with normal schedule on Thursday, July 6. Apologies for the inconvenience.

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New Skid Row Mural Dedication

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, after serving at our soup kitchen, we gathered at Catch 21 Restaurant, one block from the kitchen, to dedicate and bless the new mural by our traveling muralist friend, Dimitri Kadiev, who had assistance from a few friends and other Skid Row artists. The theme of the mural is Sacred Water, which is scarce for our homeless friends on Skid Row. The L.A. Catholic Worker Hospitality Kitchen (aka the Hippie Kitchen) is the primary source of water for many. People are allowed to fill many containers of various sizes with water from our garden faucet and from our ice-cold water in Igloo containers during serving hours. The amount of water we serve each week is incalculable, thus very sacred.

For the blessing Jeff used a reading from the Book of Prophet Isaiah, chapter 55, as the prayer: “All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come, receive grain to eat; Come without paying and without cost…” And he used a small branch of leaves from a shade tree in our dining garden to dip into a pitcher of water drawn from our garden faucet to bless the mural.

In the photo on left is Catch 21 owner Kenny Choa, artist/muralist Dimitri Kadiev, Catherine Morris and Jeff Dietrich of the L.A. Catholic Worker. In photo on right is Jeff and Catherine standing in front of their mural depiction. See more photos HERE.

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June 2017 Agitator

Here is the JUNE Catholic Agitator.

In This Issue:

    • Bring Back The Draft by Jeff Dietrich
    • Wages Of Rebellion – Book Review by Mike Wisniewski
    • From Sanctuary To Liberation by Matt Harper
    • Defending The Sacred by Dimitri Kadiev
    • Anarchism by Alexandria Addesso
    • Stop Abuse by Megan Ramsey

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Our Guest-Worker, George Shkara, Has Released A New Music Video

Our guest-worker, George Shkara, who not only cooks at our soup kitchen, but is also developing a singing career, recently played a local club where he released his new single. Many LACW community members were there in support and witness his amazing talent. This LINK is to the official video of the single, Love Me Back. Also at the link is another video he has of a Noah Cyrus cover, Make me Cry. Great work, George!

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Vacationing Family From Midwest

On Saturday, June 3, we had a unique group of volunteers at our soup kitchen to serve the Skid Row poor and homeless. The McInerney family, from Lincoln, Nebraska, were on a family vacation road trip and while on the road, wanted to find a way to serve those in need. They had some prior knowledge of the Catholic Worker movement and while planning their trip looked online for a soup kitchen and found the LACW. They called and made reservations and upon arriving in Los Angeles found their way to the kitchen. They were very excited and grateful that their entire family was allowed to work together.

In the above photo are Alexa, Lisa (mom), Julia, Allen (dad), Tessa, and Lydia. They were great volunteers eager to work and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you McInerney family! Many blessings. (Click on photo for high resolution viewing)

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David Omondi Sentenced To Six Months In Federal Prison

Former L.A. Catholic Worker community member David Omondi was sentenced to six months imprisonment on Thursday, May 18, by Federal Magistrate Judge Louise LaMonthe, in Santa Barbara Federal Court. However, David notified the court of his intention to appeal the guilty verdict he received on February 16, 2017 for his arrest at Vandenberg AFB last August, and the sentence he received as a result. David has 14 days to file the appeal and is not required to self report to the federal prison in downtown Los Angeles until after the appeal verdict (if he loses). David cannot leave the country, which means he cannot return to Nairobi, Kenya, to continue Amani House, the Catholic Worker he founded.

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