The Catholic Worker - Farm Communes

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The Catholic Worker - Farm Communes

Postby NavnDansk » Fri May 16, 2008 10:06 pm

[i]"The future will be different if we make the present different." - Peter Maurin[/i]
This section is devoted to the life and thought of Peter Maurin who co-founded The Catholic Worker Movement with Dorothy Day in 1933.

Dorothy Day on Peter Maurin

Peter's Program

Roundtable discussions for the clarification of thought
Houses of hospitality to practice the works of mercy
Farming communues


http://www.catholicworker.org/roundtable/DDonPM.cfm

Dorothy Day on Peter MaurinA collection of Dorothy Day's writings about Peter Maurin including biographical sketches, summaries of his principal ideas, and snippets of his wisdom.


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1. "Peter Maurin 1877-1977" DOC #256

Summary: Recounts her first meeting with Peter Maurin in 1932, his teaching style, his personal example, and his platform for the Catholic Worker: "Roundtable Discussions, Houses of Hospitality and Farming Communes--those were the three planks in Peter Maurin's platform."



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2. "The Story of Three Deaths - Peter Maurin, Lawrence Heaney, Willie Lurye" DOC #495

Summary: A loving obituary for Peter Maurin giving the details of his death and burial. Speaks of his last five years of illness, the day he died, his wake and funeral. Emphasizes the ways "He was another St. Francis of modern times."



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3. "Peter The Materialist" DOC #152

Summary: Another chapter from her unpublished biography of P. Maurin. Describes St. Francis as the great personalist and goes on to explicate a philosophy of work. Sees it as a gift, a vocation that one should find what he/she does best and develop it. Encourages scholars to become workers and workers to become scholars in order that more understanding exit between the two. Defends Peter from the criticism of being a materialist and portrays him as an apostle to the world, not of the world.



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4. "Peter's Program" DOC #176

Summary: Outlines P. Maurin's program for social reordering. Calls for a Green Revolution, a return to the villages. Finds his whole message embodied in personalism, which begins with oneself. Blames the C.W.'s problems in its lack of ability to limit itself.



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5. "Letter To Our Readers at the Beginning of Our Fifteenth Year" DOC #155

Summary: Outlines P. Maurin's program for social action as the instituting of Houses of Hospitality, Clarification of Thought and Farming Communes, and explains where the C.W. has gone with each program. Reveals Maurin's sources of thought and the need to find lay apostolates. Traces personal sacrifices to Jesus' command in the gospels and asserts that the state cannot take over this duty.



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6. "Background for Peter Maurin" DOC #151

Summary: A chapter from her unpublished book "Peter Maurin." Comments on P. Maurin's thoughts on capitalism and socialism and the idea that Papal Encyclicals try to make an "acquisitive society functional."



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7. "Day After Day" DOC #148

Summary: Discusses the two major subjects of her speaking engagements, Peter Maurin, whom she describes as founder and mind of the C.W., and personalism, which she describes as communitarian, and the philosophy of both P. Maurin and the C.W.. Describes some of the difficulties in living the CW vocation and running farming communes. Recommends reading the Desert Fathers and Aldous Huxley's Grey Eminence to understand personalism and communitarianism.
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Postby NavnDansk » Wed May 21, 2008 12:18 am

http://www.catholicworker.org/communiti ... nteers.cfm

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Shalom Catholic Worker House - Kansas City ( KS)

We are looking for volunteers who would like to join our community for 6 months or longer. Young people are especially encouraged to consider working and living with us. Responsibilities of community members include helping with chores, attending to the needs of our homeless guests, and engaging in peace and justice activities (as much as you are comfortable with). Community members are encouraged to have a part-time job outside of the house. Benefits include getting to know some of the best and most interesting people ever--those who live in our community, those who come to volunteer with us, our homeless guests and our neighbors. Before a commitment is made, we ask those interested to come and spend a week or a weekend with us so we can discern together if a longer commitment seems right. For more information about our house, please visit www.shalomcw.org or call Brad at 913-321-2206.
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St Francis Catholic Worker - Spotsylvania ( VA)

For our ministry of hospitality and love coupled with a retreat ministry for the homeless who are longing for a stronger connection to Christ. We seek a couple and a single person approximately between ages 45 and 65 to join our faith community and work with our retreatants. We look for willing hearts to make a long term commitment to engage in all aspects of life here -- from bookkeeping, letter writing, gardening, bed making, retreat direction and faith sharing with our guests, to community prayer and a little laughter.

We take seriously the command, "Come follow me" and because of that we live a faith fulfilled life.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day often went on retreats, themselves. Dorothy wrote of her own retreat experiences and urged others to make retreats. "Food for the soul," she called them. Her writing clearly shows she envisioned Catholic Worker retreat houses --"... It is certainly a dream for the future." We are humbled to be part of the lying out of her dream.

Inquiries Welcome. Please contact John or Polly Mahoney, or Pumpkin, our cat, at the above address and phone.

PEACE -- PLEASE PRAY FOR US.

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Nashville Greenlands - Nashville ( TN)


Occasional openings for long term community members or intern volunteers. Needed as of Summer 2007 - One volunteer/intern to work on Iraq peace advocacy organizing with us and the Nashville Peace and Justice Center. Inquire to Karl Meyer at 615-322-9523 or karlmeyerng@hotmail.com.

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Norfolk Catholic Worker - Norfolk ( VA)


Looking for students on break or for full-time live-in volunteers interested in living in community with homeless people at our hospitality house, working on our soup line, prayer and Scripture study, and participating in anti-war activism. Drivers license preferable. Please contact Steve Baggarly.
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Little Flower Catholic Worker Farm - Trevilians ( VA)

The Little Flower community invites folks to come experience a rural, resistance c.w. Living space is evolving. We are looking for folks to help construct living spaces, work in the garden, care for children, create big puppets for rallies and live simply while actively resisting "the empire". Please contact Sue Frankel-Streit at 540-967-5574 with any questions. Come for a visit, stay for the growing season.
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Loaves & Fishes Catholic Worker - Duluth ( MN)

Volunteers needed: Loaves and Fishes is looking for interns (especially for this summer of 2007) and prospective community members. Interns come for a specified period of time to live in our houses of hospitality and help with our work, while prospective community members come for a period (usually about 3 months) to consider joining us for a year or more.

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Bethany House - Rochester ( NY)

We are a Catholic Worker House of Hospitality serving homeless women and children is in need of a full-time, live-in staff person. We offer room, board, health insurance, and a stipend plus, the opportunity to live out the philosophy of Catholic Worker. If interested contact Donna Ecker at 169 St. Bridget's Dr. Rochester, NY 14605 or call (585) 454-4197. E-mail is rbethan1@rochester.rr.com.
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Casa de Clara - San Jose ( CA)

Casa de Clara in San Jose, CA seeks live-in staff and community members for its house of hospitality for homeless single women as well as women with children. No stipend, but plenty of flexibility for outside work and school schedules. Contact Peter Brown at 408- 297-8330, or sanjosecatholicworker@yahoo.com.
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Catholic Worker Community of Akron - Akron ( OH)

We are looking for full-time live-in volunteers as well as part-time volunteers.

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Grace Place Catholic Worker Community - Cincinnati ( OH)

Grace Place Catholic Worker Community in Cincinnati, Ohio is seeking a full-time Worker to live with us in community. We offer hospitality to women in transition from homelessness, some with children. We especially would like someone who will take initiative to participate in local social justice activism. For more information contact Joyce at 513/681-2365 or graceplacecw@fuse.net

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Haley House - Boston ( MA)

We are currently looking for interns and new community members. Check out our website for details.

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Jeannine Coallier Catholic Worker - Saginaw ( MI)

The Jeannine Coallier Catholic Worker in Saginaw, Michigan is seeking energetic people interested in urban organic gardening, hospitality to families and the neighborhood, and peace-building. Come for the summer, come for life! Contact jeanninehouse@yahoo.com

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