Catholic Worker Movement
Casa Alma is Charlottesville’s Catholic Worker community. The Catholic Worker was launched as a radical social justice newspaper in 1933 in New York City by Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, and their volunteer colleagues as part of an effort to live the charity and justice of the Gospels. Read more about the Catholic Worker and explore the writings of Dorothy Day.
The Catholic Worker movement is a network of communities which value the inherent dignity of every person. Catholic Workers practice peace and nonviolence, justice and reconciliation, service to and solidarity with those who are poor, and care for creation.
At Casa Alma, we seek to express the principles and values of the Catholic Worker movement by:
- Seeking God first in all the mystery and abundance that journey entails.
- Loving our neighbor as ourselves as we respond to the immediate needs of those who are poor and work to create a world in which basic needs are met.
- Living simply, caring for creation, and recognizing our place within it.
“What else do we all want, each one of us, except to love and be loved, in our families, in our work and in all our relationships? God is love. Love casts out fear. Even the most ardent revolutionist, seeking to change the world, to overturn the tables of the money changers, is trying to make a world where it is easier for people to love, to stand in that relationship with each other of love. We want with all our hearts to love, to be loved. And not just in the family, but to look upon all as our mothers, sisters, brothers, children.”
-Dorothy Day, “On Pilgrimage” April 1948
“The Catholic Worker believes in creating a new society within the shell of the old”. -Peter Maurin, from his Easy Essays