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Conference: DOROTHY DAY AND THE CHURCH: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE MAY 13-15, 2015

Dorothy Day (1897-1980) was famously eulogized as “the most significant, interesting and influential person in the history of American Catholicism.” Her life embodied the recent call of Pope Francis to build “a poor Church for the poor”—and her combination of political radicalism with Catholic orthodoxy has the potential to lead the Church beyond the categories of “liberal” and “conservative” in its engagement with American culture and politics. This conference will explore ... continue reading

Receiving Mothers and Children Traumatized by Border Experience

This summer, there has been an unprecedented increase in the numbers of women with children and unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. from Central and South America. At Casa Juan Diego, we are often asked how this change has affected us. Although we are not able to house children traveling alone, we do accept mothers with children and currently have three families living with us who were part of this recent surge. There was, however, another woman who passed through our house over a month ago, ... continue reading

Doorkeeper For The Lord: ND Student Meets God In the Poor

Cristina is a student at the University of Notre Dame, She spent eight weeks this summer living and working at Casa Juan Diego. “What image comes to mind when you hear the word ‘God’?” Upon reading this reflection prompt I first thought it seemed incredibly simple. Growing up I often pictured God similar to Michelangelo’s famous fresco on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, “The Creation of Adam” in which God appears to be an elderly white-bearded man towering above Adam looking ... continue reading

Babies in the River
   by Angel Valdez

Babies in the River – Urgent Humanitarian Situation, Part 2 – Breaking News and St. Basil

Commenting here on a breaking news story such as the children from Central America in custody at the Texas border runs the risk that the situation may have changed drastically by the time you read this. On the other hand, it is fascinating to look at current events “with a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other,” so let’s take a look at the front pages of today’s papers and give it a try. “President Obama Seeking Nearly $4 billion to Address Immigration Crisis,” the Latino ... continue reading

Leftovers
by Angel Valdez

Living the Gospel At Casa Juan Diego

by Angel Valdez Angel has spent several months working and living at Casa Juan Diego before entering the seminary. I do not want to sound pretentious with this title and elevate this simple writing to the level of those hagiographers who wrote the inspired books of our Holy Scripture. I ask God to stop my pen and my heart if that is my intention. Gospel means good news or the person who carries the good news was known as Gospel too and may anyone who has ears to hear, listen. I make my own ... continue reading

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