The Catholic Worker Movement and Its Impact upon America
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Four years ago, I came to know of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement through my father. I was introduced to the movement in December of 1980 at the time of Dorothy Day's death. It is my misfortune to have missed actually meeting this admirable woman. In the spring of 1983, I lived at the Catholic Worker House in Kansas City, Kansas. Shalom House, as it was called, housed and fed thirty men daily; there were six "staff members" excluding myself. Of these six, three were Sisters, one was a priest, one was studying to be a priest and one was studying to be a Brother. I was the only layperson. The spring of 1983 gave me first-hand experience of the Catholic Worker movement. It was an experience that will never be completely forgotten. It was at Shalom House that I decided to do my Senior Individualized Project on the Catholic Worker movement and in the fall of 1984, I did just that. This paper represents my best effort to portray the movement in the context of American society and to understand the relevance of the Catholic Worker within the United States. It is an attempt to portray the Catholic Workers as hardworking, idealistic, Christian humans.