Obrero Católico de Oakland

Oakland Catholic Worker

1. The Catholic Worker believes in the gentle personalism of traditional Catholicism. 


2. The Catholic Worker believes in the personal obligation of looking after the needs of our brother/sister. 


3. The Catholic Worker believes in the daily practice of the Works of Mercy.


4. The Catholic Worker believes in Houses of Hospitality for the immediate relief of those who are in need. 


5. The Catholic Worker believes in the establishment of Farming Communes where each one works according to their ability and receives according to their need. 


6. The Catholic Worker believes in creating a new society within the shell of the old with the philosophy of the new, which is not a new philosophy but a very old philosophy, a philosophy so old that it looks like new.

Peter Maurin

The Works of Mercy

What is the Catholic Worker?

Dorothy Day

What We Believe

The Catholic Worker Movement, founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in 1933, is grounded in a firm belief in the God-given dignity of every human person.

Today over 185 Catholic Worker communities remain committed to nonviolence, voluntary poverty, prayer, and hospitality for the homeless, exiled, hungry, and foresaken. Catholic Workers continue to protest injustice, war, racism, and violence of all forms. 


As a Catholic Worker home we welcome anyone from any religious tradition!  Our roots are in the Gospels and the Social Justice writings from the Catholic Church.

An "Easy Essay" by Peter Maurin.

The Works of Mercy are an abiding norm for the Catholic Worker Movement. Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin lived lives of "active love" built on these precepts. In Christian tradition they are . . .


The corporal works of mercy: 
feeding the hungry 
giving drink to the thirsty 
clothing the naked 
offering hospitality to the homeless 
caring for the sick 
visiting the imprisoned 
burying the dead 

The spiritual works of mercy: 
admonishing the sinner 
instructing the ignorant 
counseling the doubtful 
comforting the sorrowful 
bearing wrongs patiently 
forgiving all injuries 
praying for the living and the dead 

'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.'

'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'


Some Sources In Scripture:  Matthew 25:31-46;  Isaiah 58:6-7;  Hebrews 13:3;  1 John 3:17;  Tobit 4:5-11;  Matthew 6:2-4;  Luke 3:11, 11:41;  James 2:15-16;  Matthew 25:34-40

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