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Do You Really See the Face of Jesus in the Poor At the Houston Catholic Worker?

This article was first published in the Houston Catholic Worker in February 1986. It was a beautiful day with the early morning sun streaming through the stained glass windows and glancing off the faces of the packed congregation. Everything and everybody seemed so bright and shiny. Even I felt that way, used clothing and all. The priest gave a beautiful sermon that had the people in tears. He spoke about his past experience with the poor and how he had learned the hard way about seeing ... continue reading

Overflowing Support Will Carry Mark Zwick’s Work At Casa Juan Diego Into the Future

During the days and weeks after Mark died on November 18, many have sent their condolences, their prayers and notice of having Masses said for him or come to visit and personally express their gratitude for Mark’s life.  Many, many came to his wake and his funeral at St. Anne’s. Sixteen priests came to celebrate on the altar with Archbishop Fiorenza. We are grateful to all. Also during these days and weeks, poor people have poured into Casa Juan Diego giving their pésame, expressing ... continue reading

by Zeidy Harris

Mark Zwick: “I Live at Casa Juan Diego”

Stephen has been an essential part of Casa Juan Diego since the very beginning, maintaining our large mailing list, printing and sorting labels and working with the guests of our men’s house in preparing each mailing of the paper, as well as working with the accounting. One of the last times I spoke with Mark Zwick was about three months ago. I had picked up the Post Office box mail and brought it to the Zwick’s house at Casa Juan Diego (CJD). Louise answered the door and let me enter ... continue reading

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“If We Had Any Guts We’d Start a Catholic Worker House”: Reflections at the Vigil Service for Mark Zwick

   We are here to celebrate the life of Mark Zwick and his remarkable example of servant leadership.  Mark laid the foundation for Casa Juan Diego which has fed and sheltered tens of thousands of people over the last 36 years.  He founded a newspaper and with his wife Louise coauthored books illuminating the pilgrimage of faith to which we are all called.  He has been a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  His accomplishments are astonishing and he has ... continue reading

Mark Zwick, a Missionary of Mercy

“Mark Zwick passed away at the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy,” said Maryknoll Father Rafael Dávila, “Mark died as he lived—as a missionary of mercy.” Preaching in both Spanish and English at Mark’s funeral Mass on November 22, 2016 at St. Anne’s Church in Houston, Texas, Father Dávila began by describing the meaning of the various symbols employed at the Liturgy of Christian Burial, then spoke on the Scripture readings selected by Mark’s family, and finally spoke ... continue reading

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