June / July 2006

The June/July 2006 issue of the Catholic Worker featured the following articles:

  • Stories From Our Parish by Joe and Sabra McKenzie-Hamilton –  Stories from New York’s Church of the Nativity, home to poor and immigrant parishioners since 1842. This church is on the list of parishes and schools slated to be closed by the Archdiocese of New York.
  • Jeannette Noel, 1916-2006 by Bernard Connaughton  – Obituary of a long-time Catholic Worker who survived two husbands and moved into Maryhouse at the age of 62. She taught centering prayer and died at the Cabrini nursing home. Attached to this story is a letter that Jeannette wrote to Dorothy Day in 1977.
  • Church Closings and the Poor by CW Staff  – Reflections on the impacts of a plan to close parishes and schools, primarily in New York City and open new parishes in the northern counties of the Archdiocese of New York .
  • Immokalee Workers Tour by Matt Vogel – Report on the Real Rights Truth Tour, staged by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a group of more than 3,000, mostly Latino, Mayan Indian and Haitian farmworkers from southwest Florida. The tour took place March 26 to April 2, 2006.
  • Puppet Appeal by Bill Griffin – An appeal for funds for the Bread and Puppet Theater in West Glover Vermont. All donations should be sent to Bread & Puppet Theater, Museum Barn Fund, c/o Linda Elbow, 700 Andersonville Road, West Glover, Vermont 057875.
  • Joe Zarrella, 1916-2006 by Caroyn Zablotny-Horton – Obituary of long-time Catholic Worker Joe Zarrella. Among his accomplishments were 67 years of marriage to Alice Lautner. Joe served in soup kitchens well into his 80s.
  • Immigrants Rally in NYC by Jim Reagan – Account of immigration rights rally in New York that drew an estimated 100,000 – 125,000 on April 10, 2006. Rally was sponsored by a coalition of more than two hundred labor, community, and religious organizations. Persons attended included Americans, Mexicans, Poles, El Salvadorans, Irish, Chinese, Pakistan, Koreans, Indians, Haitians and more.
  • Prison Letter by Clare Grady – A letter from an occupant of cell 312 of the Federal Detention Center from Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Talks about the beauty available from her cell and suggested that Jesus’ primary mission was the liberation of people from Empires of all stripes. At the time of this letter, Clare Grady was serving a six month sentence fro her civil disobedience on St. Patrick’s Day, 2003 at a recruiting station in Ithaca, NY. Daniel’s note: Clare is a member of the St. Patrick’s Four.
  • Stephen DeMott, 1948-2006 by Ellen de Mott Grady  – Obituary of Maryknoll Missioner Fr. Stephen T. De Mott, who did most of his ministry in Central and South America. 
  • Colombia: Violence and Hope by John Dear, SJ  – Background on recent events in Columbia and the work of Cecilla Zarate Laun and the Columbia Support Network.
  • William Sloan Coffin, R. I. P.  by Bill Ofenloch  – Short obituary for Freedom Rider and Reverend William Sloan Coffin. Commends his work in the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s.
  • Book Review – The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence by Lesley Gill  AND Disturbing the Peace: The Story of Father Roy Bourgeois and the Movement to close the School of the Americas by James Hodge and Linda Cooper – Favorable review of both books. Suggested as complementary resources for people studying the critique of the School of the Americas, now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.


As far as I know, the text and woodcut graphics of the Catholic Worker are not available on-line. If you would like the full text of an article that I mention here, I have three suggestions:

1) Try to borrow the article through Interlibrary Loan.

2) Contact the archivist for the CW at Marquette University:

Phil Runkel
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Raynor Memorial Libraries
Marquette University
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave, PO Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141

3) Try contacting the Catholic Worker directly. They MAY be willing to send you the article, though I don’t know if they have morgue files. It seems likely they do, since they often reprint Dorothy Day articles. Contact information for Catholic Worker appears in the “subscribe” section below.

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