Archive for the ‘refugees’ Category

December 2008

January 31, 2009

On the principle that something is better than nothing at all, this month’s digest will once again be a simple listing of titles and authors.

This is for the December 2008 issue of the Catholic Worker. I hope to resume a full digest for the January/February 2009 issue.

Any hyperlinks below are to related information on the web and not to the article in the paper.

  • Edgar Forand, 1917-2008 by Geoffrey Gneuhs – According to the editors, these remarks were delivered at Ed’s Funeral Mass, October 24, 2008 at the Church of the Nativity, New York City
  • Mr. President Shut it Down! by 100 Days to Close Guantanamo and End Torture campaign. Related material at http://www.100dayscampaign.org/
  • Ecological Conscience by Thomas Merton Related material from the Democratic Underground.
  • A Visit with Iraqis in Syria by Cathy Breen
  • Ecology and the Poor by Robert Francis Murphy
  • Thomas Merton — 40 Years On by Anna Brown Related material at http://www.thomasmertoncenter.org/
  • Movie Review: Grace is Gone by Felton Davis
  • Dressed for War by Matt Vogel Related material at http://www.centeronconscience.org/UAA/09092008.shtml
  • Book Review: The Kings and their Gods: The Pathology of power. By Daniel Berrigan, SJ. William B. Eeedmans Publishing Co. Grand Rapids, MI, 2008. Reviewed by Bill Griffin.
  • A Personalist Economics by Dorothy Day – Excerpted by September 1956 issue of the Catholic Worker.
  • Fritz Remembered [Fritz Eichenberg] by June Hildebrand
  • Journey of Hope [Death Penalty in Montana] by Art Laffin.

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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
Archivist
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Raynor Memorial Libraries
Marquette University
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave, PO Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141
414-288-5903
http://www.marquette.edu/library/collections/archives/day.html

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.

To Subscribe:

Even you if you don’t like what you see here, I encourage you to try a subscription to the Catholic Worker. They will give you a subscription for $0.25/year (If you want to cover the actual costs of a subscription, send them $10). You can hardly do better than a quarter a year!

Send your subscription requests to:

Catholic Worker
36 East 1st St.
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212-777-9617 or 212-677-8627.

Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person’s dignity by perusing these obituaries.

December 2007

January 30, 2008

The December 2007 issue of the Catholic Worker featured the following articles:

  • Deportations and Families by Members of the New Sanctuary Movement – Two concrete examples of how current immigration policies are anti-family.
  • Between Iraq and Jordan by Cathy Breen – Three letters detailing troubles of Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Syria. Highlights Syria’s relative generosity and describes a visit to the monastery of St. Moses the Abyssinian.
  • Maryhouse by Amanda W. Daloisio – Reflections on gratitude. Mentions Teresa of Avila, Wendell Berry, Kathy Kelly, and St. Therese of Lisieux.
  • Christ’s Peace is Our Work by Jim Reagan – Reflections on the Christian obligation for peacemaking. Notes that the proportion of civilians among those killed or wounded in war has risen from 5% in World War I to 75% in today’s conflicts. Expresses opinion that war doesn’t simply halt the Corporal Works of Mercy, but actually reverses them.
  • Education on the Inside by Sammy Moore – Excerpt from a speech presented to the New Jersey State NAACP Convention on September 22, 2007 by the president of the NJ NAACP prison chapter president. Mr. Moore is currently serving 40 years to life. He describes his efforts to become educated, the difficulties prisoners have in becoming educated and the moral practical benefits of educating prisoners. Briefly describes the work of the NAACP Prison Project.
  • Mohammed Eausack, 1926-2007 by Matt Vogel – Obituary of a sick Muslim elder who came to the NY Catholic Worker house via his doctor at a homeless shelter. Described as gentle and witty, Mr. Eausack was a “great symbol of stubborn strength for many in the house. Though he slowed, he never really stopped fighting, struggling to get through the day.”
  • Pizza Resistance by Matt Vogel – Relates the store of resistance against the death penalty and hunger inspired by Death Row inmate Philip Workman‘s request that a homeless person be given a vegetarian pizza in lieu of Workman’s last meal.
  • An Italian Christmas Tale by Jack Cook – A retelling of the legend of La Befana, a woman who searches for her dead son and recognizes him in the baby Jesus.
  • Book Review: A Power Governments Cannot Suppress. By Howard Zinn. City Lights Books, San Francisco, CA 2007. Reviewed by Gene Roman. – Favorable Review of a compilation of essays Zinn wrote for The Progressive. The article says that Zinn “digs through the archives of American history to shine a bright light on union struggles for a decent wage, religious resistance to war and the policies of US Presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush.”
  • Book Review: People Power: Fifty Peacemakers and Their Communities. By Michael True. Rawat Publications, Jaipur, India, 2007. Reviewed by Jane Sammon. – Favorable review of a book profiling Thomas Merton, Howard Zinn, Delores Huerta, Adin Ballou, and Abigail Kelly, among others.

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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
Archivist
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Raynor Memorial Libraries
Marquette University
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave, PO Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141
414-288-5903
http://www.marquette.edu/library/collections/archives/day.html

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.

To Subscribe:

Even you if you don’t like what you see here, I encourage you to try a subscription to the Catholic Worker. They will give you a subscription for $0.25/year (If you want to cover the actual costs of a subscription, send them $10). You can hardly do better than a quarter a year!

Send your subscription requests to:

Catholic Worker
36 East 1st St.
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212-777-9617 or 212-677-8627.

Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person’s dignity by perusing these obituaries.

May 2007

July 15, 2007

The May 2007 issue of the Catholic Worker featured the following articles:

  • Nina Poycn Moore, 1914-2007 by Patrick Jordan – Obituary of “one of the longest associated members of the Catholic Worker family” who died February 10, 2007 at the age of 92. One-Time owner of the St. Benet Bookshop in Chicago. Described herself as a “merchant princess and trafficker in crucifixes.” The May 2007 issue features related articles from Rosalie Riegle and Ed Turner.
  • Our Founder, Peter Maurin by Dorothy Day – Reprint from May 1951 issue praising Peter Maurin, especially for his habit of finding areas of agreement with those he strongly differed from. Also contains reflections of what a strong commitment to Christianity really entails.
  • US Ignores Refugees’ Plight by Cathy Breen – Letters from Jordan illustrating the problems of the millions of Iraqis forced from their homes and criticizes the United States for a lack of attention and resources towards a problem largely of our own creation.
  • New York Catholic Worker by Editors – Roundup of news and visitors from the New York Catholic Worker Houses – St. Joseph House, Maryhouse and Peter Maurin Farm.
  • Aims and Means of the Catholic Worker by Editors – A yearly reprint, available online, of what the Catholic Worker movement believes in, including societal transformation based on personalism, a decentralized society and a “green revolution” that puts people closer to their food.
  • Clare Danielsson, 1935-2007 by Tom Cornell – Obituary of Boughton Place cofounder and director who died February 8, 2007 at age 71.
  • Veterans’ Crisis by Bill Griffin – Criticism of the Bush Administration’s decision to remove 16,000+ veterans off the nonmortal wounding list on the basis they did not require medivacing. Suggests this was done as effort to hide true cost of war. Author shares information on lack of government resources for returning vets and speaks approvingly of Veterans for America, 1025 Vermont Ave NW, Washington DC 20005, Phone 202-557-7590. Letters should be sent to the attention of Pam Chadwick or Adrienne Willis.
  • Left Forum in New York City by Bill Griffin – Highlights of the March “Left Forum 2007 — Forging a Radical Political Future” held in New York at the Cooper Union. Speakers cited as outstanding by the author were Henry Cox, Gary Dorrien, Frances Fox Piven and Mindy Thompson Fullilove.
  • “Mary Help” Remembered by Janet Bonica – A woman baptized in New York’s Mary Help of Christians (MHC) church reflects on her parish and its history on the eve of its closure. The author notes that Dorothy Day was a regular worshipper at MHC and says parishioners wonder whether “soaring real estate values and development of the East Village” contributed the Archdiocese’s decision to close MHC.
  • Conversions and Conscience by Michael True – Author compares and contrasts the lives of John Henry Newman and Dorothy Day. Commends study of John Henry Newman to young Catholics.

This issue of the Catholic Worker featured a number of books and other items available at a number of the world’s libraries. I’ve created a list of these items at http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/CatholicWorkerDigest/lists/9459.

 

 

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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
Archivist
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Raynor Memorial Libraries
Marquette University
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave, PO Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141
414-288-5903
http://www.marquette.edu/library/collections/archives/day.html

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.

 

To Subscribe:

 

Even you if you don’t like what you see here, I encourage you to try a subscription to the Catholic Worker. They will give you a subscription for $0.25/year (If you want to cover the actual costs of a subscription, send them $10). You can hardly do better than a quarter a year!

 

Send your subscription requests to:

Catholic Worker
36 East 1st St.
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212-777-9617 or 212-677-8627.

 

Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person’s dignity by perusing these obituaries.

Apr/May 2007

April 29, 2007

The March/April 2007 issue of the Catholic Worker featured the following articles:

  • Just Phone Rates in Jail by Matt Vogel – Article explores the extremely high phone rates most families have to pay to speak to incarcerated loved ones and the negative effect this has on rehabilitation. Commends New York for giving up its kickback from the phone company it gave a prison monopoly to.
  • Anger Grows in City Streets by Chris Zimmerman – Describes angry neighborhood reaction to police shooting of Timur Pearson. Describes New Black Panther Party incitement to “put some fear into the system.” [Daniel’s Note – The CW does NOT endorse the BPP’s methods or most of its platform.]
  • Iraqis Face New Sorrow by Cathy Breen – Letters from Jordan about Iraqi Refuges and the Iraqi government’s decision to issue new passports and force refugees to return to Baghdad to get them. Letters describe deteriorating conditions for refugees in Jordan and faults US and Britain for unwillingness to take refugees their war created.
  • Spring Appeal by Editors – The Catholic Worker needs your help! Please send your NON-tax-deductible contribution to the address listed under “subscriptions.” Any amount will help them.
  • Peter Maurin Farm by Else M. Dowdy – A reflection on the last years of Theodore Rooselvet Ridlon, long time CW resident.
  • Five Years Too Long! by Matthew W. Daloisio – Describes continuing protests against the Guantanamo Bay prison run by the United States. Describes efforts to bring the names of detainees into federal courts. Mentions group Witness Against Torture. To bring a speaker to your community or for more information on the Campaign to Shut Down Guantanamo, please contact Matthew W. Daloisio, 55 E. 3rd Street, NY, NY, 10003, (201) 264-4424.
  • Theodore Rooselvet Ridlon, Our “Slim” by Tom Cornell – A tribute to the life of long time Catholic Worker and walker. His origins were shrouded in mystery, but he was kind to all.
  • Death Penalty Review Raise Questions by Alice and Staughton Lynd and Bill Griffin – Reaction and dialog to book review of Death of Innocents in the December 2006 Catholic Worker.
  • Abbe Pierre, R.I.P. by Bill Griffin – Obituary of French Resistance member and later homeless activist Fr. Henri Groues. Abbe Pierre was the founder of the Emmaus Community.
  • Sr. Ruth Heaney, OSB by Rosalie Reigle – Obituary of a Catholic Worker pioneer and prisoner advocate who kept active through her 80s. She received several awards in her lifetime, including the Elaine Aber Humanitarian Award from the Missouri Association for Social Welfare and the papal award Pro Ecclesia et Pontiface. She was married with six children before becoming a nun.
  • More on Ruth Heaney by Cyril Echele – Recollection of Sr. Ruth Heaney by a friend of many years.
  • Memories of Bishop Proano by Joseph E. Mulligan, SJ – Reflections on the prophetic life of Ecuadorian bishop Leonidas Proano, the “bishop of the Indians” with special attention to his work in the 1970s and persecution by Ecuadorian authorities.
  • Book Review – The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times: New Perspectives on the Transformative Wisdom of Ignatius of Loyola by Dean Brackley, SJ , Crossroads Publishing, New York, 2004 Reviewed by Gail M. Presbey. – Mostly favorable review of a new look at St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises. Notes author provides three requirements to keep in touch with reality – 1) Let the reality of suffering reach us; 2) undergo personal transformation; and 3) seek wisdom in community.
  • Book Review – To Wisdom Through Failure: A Journey of Compassion, Resistance and Hope. by Larry Rosebaugh, OMI. EPICA, Washington, DC, 2006 Reviewed by Karl Meyer – Favorable review of missionary and peace activist Fr. Larry Rosebaugh. Stories of work in Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador and while imprisoned.

 

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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
Archivist
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Raynor Memorial Libraries
Marquette University
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave, PO Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141
414-288-5903
http://www.marquette.edu/library/collections/archives/day.html

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.

 

To Subscribe:

 

Even you if you don’t like what you see here, I encourage you to try a subscription to the Catholic Worker. They will give you a subscription for $0.25/year (If you want to cover the actual costs of a subscription, send them $10). You can hardly do better than a quarter a year!

 

Send your subscription requests to:

Catholic Worker
36 East 1st St.
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212-777-9617 or 212-677-8627.

 

Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person’s dignity by perusing these obituaries.

January / February 2007

March 5, 2007

?The January/February 2007 issue of the Catholic Worker featured the following articles:

  • Iraqi Refugees in Amman by Cathy Breen – An account of a six month stay among Iraqi refugees in Jordan. Notes that Iraqis are denied residency in Jordan and subject to deportation. The author surveyed 30 embassies in Jordan and found most countries have closed their door to Iraqis.
  • Is it True? by Usama Abu Kabir – A poem by a Gitmo inmate that I reprinted elsewhere.
  • St. Joseph House by Mark Kalivoda – Reflection on the value of voluntary poverty and the need to experience failure.
  • Collateral Damage by Bill Griffin – Brief comment on article abstracted by PubMed below.
    • 1: Lancet. 2006 Oct 21;368(9545):1421-8.

      Comment in:
      Lancet. 2007 Jan 13;369(9556):101-2; author reply 103-4.
      Lancet. 2007 Jan 13;369(9556):101; author reply 103-4.
      Lancet. 2007 Jan 13;369(9556):101; author reply 103-4.
      Lancet. 2007 Jan 13;369(9556):102-3; author reply 103-4.
      Lancet. 2007 Jan 13;369(9556):102; author reply 103-4.
      Lancet. 2007 Jan 13;369(9556):104.
      Lancet. 2007 Jan 13;369(9556):105.

      Mortality after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: a cross-sectional cluster sample
      survey.

      Burnham G, Lafta R, Doocy S, Roberts L.

      Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA. gburnham@jhsph.edu

      BACKGROUND: An excess mortality of nearly 100 000 deaths was reported in Iraq for the period March, 2003-September, 2004, attributed to the invasion of Iraq. Our aim was to update this estimate.

      METHODS: Between May and July, 2006, we did a national cross-sectional cluster sample survey of mortality in Iraq. 50 clusters were randomly selected from 16 Governorates, with every cluster consisting of 40 households. Information on deaths from these households was gathered.

      FINDINGS: Three misattributed clusters were excluded from the final analysis; data from 1849 households that contained 12 801 individuals in 47 clusters was gathered. 1474 births and 629 deaths were reported during the observation period. Pre-invasion mortality rates were 5.5 per 1000 people per year (95% CI 4.3-7.1), compared with 13.3 per 1000 people per year (10.9-16.1) in the 40 months post-invasion. We estimate that as of July, 2006, there have been 654 965 (392 979-942 636) excess Iraqi deaths as a consequence of the war, which corresponds to 2.5% of the population in the study area. Of post-invasion deaths, 601 027 (426 369-793 663) were due to violence, the most common cause being gunfire.

      INTERPRETATION: The number of people dying in Iraq has continued to escalate. The proportion of deaths ascribed to coalition forces has diminished in 2006, although the actual numbers have increased every year. Gunfire remains the most common cause of death, although deaths from car bombing have increased.

  • Impact of Solanus Casey by Ben DeImonico – Reflection on the life of Fr. Solanus Casey, who worked as a priest at NY’s Queen of Angels from 1921-1924. Fr. Casey is currently being considered for sainthood.
  • Leviticus: Stumbling Block for Christians? by Joanne Kennedy and Terry Rogers – Two separate positive reflections on Leviticus. Both highlight social justice instructions of Leviticus, including the commandment not to reap the edges of your field so that the poor could feed themselves from your property.
  • Books on Nonviolence by Quilty – Recommends these four books written by Jim Douglass and available from Wipf and Stock Publishers, 199 West 8th Ave, Suite 3, Eugene OR 97401:
  • Fred Garel, Rip by Mimi Lamb – Short reflection on one-time St. Joseph House cook, contributer to CW and actor with the CW players as Thorton Wilder’s Stage Manager and Tennessee Williams’s Big Daddy, who died on October 23, 2006. Mr. Garel had been estranged from the Catholic Church as a result of his son being molested by a priest, but he never lost faith in God or prayer. Mr. Garel was also the author of a book called Lighting the Lamps. According to xlibris, “Lighting the Lamps is about the many worlds of New York City, past and present–living the robust tenement and street life of the Depression; encountering “the Desert Experience” in NYC faith communities; and meeting extraordinary people while working at a great variety of jobs–starting in the days when a skilled buildings-engineer supervisor might be illiterate and “manual labor” included amazing feats of skill.”
  • Art Center for Peace by Lizz Kaune – A description of work being done in Suchitoto, El Salvador to create an “Art Center for Peace” which would offer a variety of arts classes along with workshops on conflict resolution, spirituality, gender equality and respect for the environment. Describes some obstacles for the project. For more information please contact Sisters of Charity/Project CARP, 41 Emory St, Jersey City, NJ 07304.
  • Alyssa Presente! by Bill Griffin – Brief account of a Schools of the Americas /Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation protest in Ft. Benning, GA. Article excerpts remarks by former Army Colonel Ann Wright, who sees a connection between torture techniques used in Iraq and the WHISC curriculum. Article also mentions the September 2003 suicide of US Army interrogator Alyssa Peterson who objected to US interrogation tactics being used that the Tal-afar airbase in northern Iraq.
  • Natale Pace, 1935-2006 by Siobhan O’Neil – Obituary of kind but highly eccentric Catholic Worker Nat Pace. He always had time for visitors and loved chocolate, even after diabetes made that love problematic. A good singer who sometimes tried the patience of his bishop.
  • Book Review – Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Kinzer, Times Books, Maryknoll, NY, 2006 Reviewed by Tom Cornell – Favorable review of a book containing 14 case studies where the United States overthrew governments of other countries either by invasion or subversion. Some of the countries featured include Hawaii, Phillipines, Panama, Iran. Review highlights point that empire is a bipartisan problem.
  • Book Review – Jesus Today: A Spirituality of Radical Freedom by Albert Nolan, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY, 2006 Reviewed by Bill Griffin – Favorable review of a book extolling the incarnational spirituality of Jesus Christ, a spirituality for the here and now.
  • Book Review – Danger on the Doorstep: Anti-Catholicism and American Print Culture in the Progressive Era. by Justin Nordstrom, Univ of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame, IN, 2006 Reviewed by Jane Sammon – Favorable review of a book outlining the anti-Catholic press of the late 1800s/early 1900s and the Catholic response, including the rise of the Knights of Columbus. Notes with regret that American Catholic enthusiasm for WWI led to greater acceptance of Catholics as “real Americans.”

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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
Archivist
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Raynor Memorial Libraries
Marquette University
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave, PO Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141
414-288-5903
http://www.marquette.edu/library/collections/archives/day.html

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.

To Subscribe:

Even you if you don’t like what you see here, I encourage you to try a subscription to the Catholic Worker. They will give you a subscription for $0.25/year (If you want to cover the actual costs of a subscription, send them $10). You can hardly do better than a quarter a year!

Send your subscription requests to:

Catholic Worker
36 East 1st St.
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212-777-9617 or 212-677-8627.

Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person’s dignity by perusing these obituaries.