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Mark and Louise Zwick

Letter of Thanksgiving

Jesus - Casa Juan Diego -Angel Valdez

Recently, a prominent theologian from a seminary was visiting us. When the issue of how we raise money for Casa Juan Diego came up, a Catholic Worker blurted out, “We pray a lot.” “Give me a copy of those prayers. I demand a copy of those prayers,” the theologian humorously insisted. Unfortunately, there is no… continue reading

Casa Juan Diego Christmas Letter 2015

The Holy Family Fled To Egypt
         by Angel Valdez

    Dear Friends of Casa Juan Diego, Many thanks for allowing us to remain open for another year. We are grateful. We keep hearing that you can tell a good Catholic by the way they love the poor (or a good Presbyterian or a good Jewish person). The “goods” keep us going. But it… continue reading

Vatican Document Jolts Church: Themes of Jubilee Year of Mercy Inspired Catholic Worker

Immigrants Walking with Christ - by Angel Valdez

We, like many others, were surprised when Pope Francis declared a Year of Jubilee to begin on December 8 this fall. We were especially surprised and moved when he revealed that the theme of the Jubilee Year would be mercy. In the ancient tradition of a Year of Jubilee, slaves and prisoners were to be… continue reading

Friend of Casa Juan Diego Becomes Bishop of Victoria

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Casa Juan Diego receives encouragement from many sources. but especially has  received encouragement from Fr. Brendan Cahilll, who will be ordained the new Bishop of the Diocese of Victoria, Texas, on June 29. Fr. Brendan has impressive credentials. He has served in several parishes. He has more recently been Director of Clergy Formation and Chaplaincy… continue reading

Beatification of Oscar Romero: Cause of Great Joy and Examination of Conscience

We are rejoicing and the world is rejoicing because of the beatification of Oscar Romero, the Archbishop of San Salvador who was assassinated while celebrating Mass in 1980. We pray that the world will now be better able to hear his voice. Pope Francis declared Archbishop Romero a martyr for the faith. He is also… continue reading

Catholic Worker Personalism And the Sick and Injured

by Angel Valdez

One of the ideas at the heart of the Catholic Worker movement is communitarian personalism. Combined with the traditional living out of the Works of Mercy, Catholic Worker personalism provides a unique opportunity for serving some of the most desperate in our society – those on the peripheries, those who have no one else to… continue reading

What’s New Toward Dorothy Day’s Canonization

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Local members of the Advisory Board of the Guild for the Canonization of Dorothy Day, Servant of God, participated in a recent meeting which brought together Guild members and supporters and revealed and involved Guild members in new practical steps toward her canonization. We participated in the meeting by vidyo technology, thanks to our son,… continue reading

Thanksgiving Letter 2015

Loaves and Fishes
    by Rita Corbin

We hoped for a response from our Christmas letter of appeal for approval for another year at Casa Juan Diego. Our readers voted a resounding “yes.” You responded positively and generously, getting us off to a good start in 2015. Thanksgiving gets short shrift, not only in our acquisitive culture, but  in non-acquisitive Casa Juan… continue reading

Christmas Letter 2014

Migrants follow the refugee Holy Family
                by Angel Valdez

Dear Friends of Casa Juan Diego, It is hard to celebrate Christmas in these times of conflict and violence. There is the terror of guns and arms, but also the terror of poverty impacting families worldwide. But celebrate we must: celebrate the coming of the Prince of Peace, whose first message came from the stable… continue reading

Help Refugees Created By the Aftermath of the Iraq War

by Mary Ellen Rouen

People have been asking us to write about how the United States should respond to the terrible violence of ISIS, or the Islamic state. The images and examples, of their cruelty, especially towards Christians, are barbaric. There must be a response. As we have pondered this question, we have been unable to forget some of… continue reading