“Masking Up To Stop the Coronavirus Is Not So Easy for Many of L.A.’s Homeless Residents”

As all of Los Angeles is being called to wear masks while out in public, the L.A. Times reported on the lack of access that most unhoused people have to the protective gear required in this unusual time. Fortunately, the LACW was able to source a couple thousand masks (and more have been donated to us) so we are able to provide the folks that come to eat at the Hippie Kitchen with a simple protective barrier at a time when they have little means to remove themselves from the public.

Read the article here.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.lacatholicworker.org/wp/2020/04/12/masking-up-to-stop-coronavirus-isnt-so-easy-for-many-of-l-a-s-homeless-residents/

Stations of the Cross is Happening – Virtually!

Good Friday is the day Jesus was arrested, tried, tortured and executed by the State. Join the L.A. Catholic Worker this Good Friday (April 10th) in calling on all Christians to demand our county take immediate action to save the lives of our incarcerated brothers and sisters before their prison cages become death cells.

3 PM – Via Crucis: Stations of the Carceral Cross (live-stream)

Search for “Los Angeles Catholic Worker” on Facebook for find our page, while there, make sure to follow us, if you aren’t already! The video will go LIVE at 3pm, see you there!

Learn more about the demands at: http://jlacovid19.org/

Permanent link to this article: https://www.lacatholicworker.org/wp/2020/04/10/stations-of-the-cross-is-happening-virtually/

Hoping For A New Normal

Our Matt Harper wrote a very good article for L.A. Progressive about the impact of COVID-19 on the Skid Row community, and hopes for a different future for the people of Skid Row.

You can read it under this LINK.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.lacatholicworker.org/wp/2020/04/10/hoping-for-a-new-normal/

April 2020 Catholic Agitator – 50 Years of the LACW (Part 2)

The April 2020 issue of the Catholic Agitator is now online.

In this edition, we continue to celebrate 50 years of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker (and Catholic Agitator) with Part 2. This issue highlights some great articles and photos from the LACW’s past 25 years, as well as reflections written by current community members.

In this issue: 

Fifty Years Later  by Sarah Fuller

Homeless Harassed: Protection or Service? by Joyce Parkhurst

Hippie Kitchen Today by Kaleb Havens

Resurrection City by Jeff Dietrich

The Only Solution is Love by the L.A. Catholic Worker Sister House Network

Soup Kitchen Subversives by Jeff Dietrich

The Great Shopping Cart Caper by Jeff Dietrich

Conscientious Objector to Technology by Kate Chatfield

To Die at the Catholic Worker by Kieran Prather

Victory for the Homeless by Alice Callaghan

Foot Care at the L.A. Catholic Worker: A Geography of Suffering by Karan Founds-Benton

No Peace, No Prize by David Omondi

Vandenberg Backcountry Action by Theo Kayser

Largest Protest in a Decade by Allison McGillivray

We Are All Part of the Occupy Movement by Alecia Stuchlik

Jesus Was a Homeless Enabler by Jeff Dietrich

LACW Timeline (1993-2020)

Sister House Network – The Gift of the Catholic Worker by Julia Occhiogrosso

Child of Christ by Patty Carmody

Life and Hope in Tonopah Jail by Martha Scarbrough

Skid Row Poor Win Victory Against LAPD by Jeff Dietrich

Letter to Cardinal Mahoney by The Los Angeles Catholic Worker Community

The Women Didn’t Run by Brendan Walsh

Listen to Him by Toni Flynn

Permanent link to this article: https://www.lacatholicworker.org/wp/2020/04/03/april-2020-agitator-50-years-of-the-lacw-part-2/

We Need Easy Food Items to Give Away

We are in need of easy grab and go foods that we can give out as easy takeaway items.

If you can, please consider donating:

  • Bottled Water
  • Fruits with Rinds (tangerines, oranges, bananas, lemons, etc.)
  • Healthy Granola Bars
  • Sleeves of Garlic (for adding to our beans)


If you have any of these items to give, please drop them off at our house of hospitality:

632 N. Brittania Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90033


To protect those we live with, we are trying to limit our contact with others at the house, so please drop off items off at our front porch, ring the doorbell, and we’ll say hello (and thanks!) from a safe distance!

Permanent link to this article: https://www.lacatholicworker.org/wp/2020/04/02/we-need-easy-food-items-to-give-away/

COVID-19 UPDATE – We CAN Use Volunteers

Hello, outside world! We hope you all have been staying safe and healthy!

With this ongoing crisis, we have continued to provide take-out food to our Skid Row community during the regular serving hours. The food is going faster than it has in decades. It has taken careful calculations and creative use of our stove space to figure out how to make more than twice the amount of beans as we were serving only a month ago.

For the safety of our more vulnerable housemates at our house of hospitality, our community has branched out into two groups: one that keeps the kitchen up and running and one that keeps our home healthy and happy.

As we are serving an unprecedented amount of food, with a bare bones crew of people, we can use volunteers. The health of Skid Row is our priority, so we are asking all volunteers if they have been healthy and not have traveled (by plane or other public transit) in the past two weeks. We are also taking extra precautions in the kitchen, for those who are being good about social distancing – we have tasks that can be accomplished while staying 6ft away from others!

Please call our house if you have any questions about volunteering at this time! 323-267-8789

Permanent link to this article: https://www.lacatholicworker.org/wp/2020/04/01/covid-19-update-we-can-use-volunteers/


In light of current events, for the health and safety of our friends in Skid Row, the Hippie Kitchen will remain open but is offering Take Out service only during the coronavirus situation, during regular serving hours. We do not need any new volunteers at this time. Some of our other regular services will also be limited. Please call us at 323-267-8789 if you have any questions.

Also, Wednesday liturgy gatherings at the Hennacy House are currently canceled, and we are currently asking visitors not to come to the house as we have a number of vulnerable people living there. We are also canceling our Seder of Liberation and the Stations of the Cross for this year.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.lacatholicworker.org/wp/2020/03/16/covid-19-update/


Due to the discouragement of large gatherings, we are so sorry to have to cancel this year’s Stations of the Cross as well as our annual Seder of Liberation celebration. Although we cannot gather this year, our extended community of friends, family, supporters, and volunteers are not forgotten, we pray we see you all soon.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.lacatholicworker.org/wp/2020/03/16/stations-of-the-cross-and-seder-canceled/


Because people still need to eat, we are temporarily keeping our regular serving hours.

We are taking extra precautions around our kitchen to maintain a healthy environment for everyone who comes through. If you have been feeling sick, PLEASE do not volunteer at this time, we will have to send you home. However, if you are in good health, we would love to see you someday soon – Tues, Thurs, or Saturday, 7:30 am -1 pm.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.lacatholicworker.org/wp/2020/03/13/we-are-still-open/

Join Us For Our Annual Spring Events!

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!

Permanent link to this article: https://www.lacatholicworker.org/wp/2020/02/25/join-us-for-our-annual-spring-events-3/

February 2020 Catholic Agitator – 50 Years of the LACW (Part 1)

The February 2020 issue of the Catholic Agitator is now online

In this edition, we celebrate 50 years of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker (and Catholic Agitator). This issue highlights some great articles and photos from the LACW’s first 25 years–1970-1995. The next issue will cover the second 25 years.

In this issue:

There is a Season by Matt Harper

Hey Brother by LACW Founder, Dan Delany

Hope for the Poor of Nicaragua by Rev. Philip Zwerling

The City of Angels Sidewalks by Catherine Morris

Faith and Absurdity by Joan Traffecanty

Anarchy of the Heart by Gary Cavalier

Abandoning Our Poor by Donald Nollar

Striking the Bloodsuckers by Ray Correio

After Eight Years, We Do Not View Success As the World Sees It by Jeff Dietrich

Nonviolence in Action by Kate Chatfield

History of Ministry and Timeline of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker (1970-1995)

Permanent link to this article: https://www.lacatholicworker.org/wp/2020/02/04/february-2020-agitator-50-years-of-the-lacw-part-1/

December 2019 Agitator

The December 2019 issue of the Catholic Agitator is now online.

In this issue:

Annual Appeal – Downtown Gangsters

Grow Old and Be Strong  by Jeff Dietrich

Wisdom From Skid Row

Remembering Karan by Sarah Fuller

Hospitality and Resistance at the Venice Catholic Worker by Lisa Redmond

Ammon Hennacy by Kaleb Havens

My Summer at the LACW by Gloria Günther

LACW Responds to Torture by Mike Wisniewski

Open the Doors by Nathan Sheets

Better Know A Volunteer by Maria Teresa Kamel

Coup in Bolivia by Mike Wisniewski

Permanent link to this article: https://www.lacatholicworker.org/wp/2019/12/09/december-2019-agitator/

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