Sunday, December 18, 2011

30th Anniversary of Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House

Friday night, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House in Washington, DC celebrated its 30th anniversary with a Mass with Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, followed by cake and other light refreshments.


Many former residents of the house returned for the occasion and told stories from the house's genealogy -- the first Catholic Worker house in this line (there is a separate lineage for the Michael Kirwan Catholic Worker houses) in the early 1980s as part of N Street Village where the late Fr. Dick McSorley lived, then St. Francis House (which also spawned the St. Francis CW retreat house in Spotsylvania, VA).


It was a lighthearted occasion punctuated by music from members of one of the choirs of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Arlington, VA, which enjoys a strong informal relationship with this Catholic Worker community both in the hospitality ministry and in joint peace activities through Pax Christi.








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