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Migrations #1 In Memoriam José Angel Alfano Solana

We crossed over the border I won’t say how and what can I say of freezing desert nights black sky blazing stars then searing, burning sun tearing into flesh relentless, relentless the walking, and fear then……..running, running as sand clouds appear against the far sky running, running—-and then I lost you and Juan and the… continue reading

Our Needs

Casa Juan Diego needs uniforms, backpacks and school supplies. Uniforms for public schools Backpacks without wheels Handwriting tablets for K to first grade Looseleaf paper – wide ruled 1” Binders (3-ring, no zippers) with pockets Construction paper Manila paper Composition notebooks – wide ruled- black marble Spiral notebooks (70 pages) wide ruled Folders with brads… continue reading

Three “Marks”: St. Mark the Evangelist, Mark Zwick the Worker, and the New Baby

  Julia joined us as a Catholic Worker at Casa Juan Diego after graduating from Tulane University. One day during the fall, Louise told me she was reading the Gospel of St. Luke from beginning to end during Mark Zwick’s last months. I had never done this before so I thought, with someone to hold… continue reading

God Blesses Casa Juan Diego With New Baby

Celia came to us from the Bruderhof to join in our Works of Mercy at Casa Juan Diego. As of Tuesday, January 10, there is a new member at Casa Juan Diego. She weighs six pounds but is steadily gaining, has beautiful black hair and perfect little fingers and toes. Cristina’s arrival at Casa Juan… continue reading

Saints and Non-Saints: “To Do” Or “To Be,” That Is the Question

by Mark Zwick   This article was first published in Our Sunday Visitor in the 1990’s. The pastor of a nearby parish really got our attention recently in his Sunday sermon. He said that we emphasize “doing” too and neglect “being.” “Be!” he stated strongly, not “do.” We felt guilty and resolved to concentrate more… continue reading

Communion of Saints, Cornerstone of the Catholic Worker: The Heart Is Made for Heroism

The day after Mark’s funeral (Mark Zwick, December 22, 1927-November 18, 2016) Father Rafael Dávila mentioned that our Wednesday night liturgy on that day would be the first time that Mark accompanied us at Mass from heaven. His comment brought to us a new level of awareness of the Communion of Saints, enshrined in Church… continue reading

Sarah Maples, miraculously recovered from a brain tumor, later diagnosed with another one

Sarah Maples, a friend of Casa Juan Diego and an advocate for the canonization of Dorothy Day, died at her home near Athens, Oklahoma on March 11, 2017.  She was 67. In 2009, when Sarah was suffering from a brain tumor and had been given a terminal diagnosis, her friend Dr. Richard Fossey began to… continue reading

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…. 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… continue reading

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… continue reading