A Continuing Commitment to the Catholic Worker

A recent article from Religion & Politics, entitled “Catholic Worker Houses Remain a Place for Protest and the Poor,” highlights the meaningful work done by individuals who serve in Catholic Worker houses across the country. In the article, USJ’s own Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Benjamin Peters, Ph.D. – who helped start a Catholic Worker community in South Bend, Indiana – shares his perspective on the movement.

“Dorothy Day used to say that the goal of the Catholic Worker was to ‘build a society where it is easier for people to be good,’” Dr. Peters explained. “I think a lot of folks, especially young people, are very attracted to this idea since it often seems so difficult to know how to do good in the world. We’re lucky to have a great Catholic Worker in Hartford and when USJ students go they’re able to spend time hanging out with kids from the North End, building relationships—and suddenly being good doesn’t seem so complicated.”

To learn more about Catholic Worker houses, view the article here and join the USJ community for its annual Buckley Lecture Series, featuring Chris Doucot, one of the founders of the Hartford Catholic Worker, and MaryLou Connor, who has dedicated her career to serving the community. They will share their experiences working on social justice issues in Hartford on Thursday, March 8, 2018, from 7 – 9 p.m. in the second-floor reception room of the Bruyette Athenaeum on USJ’s West Hartford campus.

For a deeper understanding of this important aspect of the Catholic tradition, pick up a copy of Dr. Peters’ book, “Called to be Saints: John Hugo, the Catholic Worker, and a Theology of Radical Christianity,” on Amazon.