Casa Alma is Charlottesville’s Catholic Worker community. Many of us seek to live our faith deeply by housing the homeless, welcoming the stranger, striving for justice, cultivating peace, caring for the earth, and living intentionally and prayerfully. We welcome people of any faith practice, ethnic background, sexual orientation, age and ability to join us as occasional visitors, volunteers, or regular participants in our community events. Learn more
We are drawn to the aims and means of Catholic Worker movement, and inspired by its founders, Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin. In his ‘Easy Essays’, Peter wrote, “The order of the day is to talk about the social order…I want a change and a radical change. I want a change from an acquisitive society to a functional society, from a society of go-getters, to a society of go-givers.” Dorothy said, “The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?”
At Casa Alma, we seek to inspire the transformation of individual lifestyles and social structures toward justice: right relationship with the Divine, with others, and with the earth. We practice justice by sponsoring times of prayer, reflection, and discussion; by hosting two houses of hospitality for low-income and formerly homeless families; and by developing a sustainable urban farm.