Charlottesville's Catholic Worker community

Resident Volunteers

P1010835 modifiedLaura and Steve Brown founded Casa Alma in 2009 and are the current resident volunteers. Developing hospitality houses and a sustainable urban farm is our way of answering the call to love others as we love ourselves. We are inspired by our Catholic faith and the Catholic Worker movement: homes of hospitality and farms, work for social justice and care for the poor, peaceful living and radical simplicity, and by the words of co-founder Dorothy Day who said, “I wanted life and I wanted the abundant life. I wanted it for others too” (from The Long Loneliness).

Prior to founding Casa Alma, Steve and Laura were Maryknoll Lay Missioners (class of ’05), living and serving in Talca, Chile along with our three daughters: Emily, Anna and Ella.  As a Maryknoller, Steve worked with a small farmer’s cooperative and in a community beekeeping project.  Laura worked with grassroots woman’s organizations to end domestic violence and serve women in need.  Both of us participated in local Maryknoll ecology and spirituality projects and visited folks in a local hospicio (a residence for those who are poor and/or elderly and disabled).

Steve is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (1995), and Laura is a graduate of Swarthmore College (1995), and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work (1997). Steve and Laura are life-long Catholics who have the common hope of living our faith and exploring and promoting justice. We understand justice as right relationships with God, among people and with the natural world.  It is a great blessing to us to be part of Casa Alma!  We love to talk with and encourage others, especially those raising children, about creating a life path based upon Gospel practices.  Contact us.