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Reconstructing the Social Order Through the Works of Mercy in an Age of Migration: Reflections from the Houston Catholic Worker

“You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name,” Exodus 20:7. To “misuse” God’s name is to appropriate his name to justify self-interest, violence, murder….. (La Civiltá Cattolica)  The fabric of our social order is being harmed and even destroyed… continue reading

Only Say the Word and I Shall be Healed: Reflections from Casa Juan Diego

Grace came to the Houston Catholic Worker last summer after her graduation from the Catholic University of America. Her fluency in the French language has been a real gift for a number of our guests.   In the middle of this past Lenten season, I went on retreat. A priest and spiritual director recommended that… continue reading

Thanksgiving Letter

Casa Juan Diego is a Thanksgiving operation that works at the will and mercy of many people who hear the cry of the poor—and respond accordingly. We cannot give enough thanks to those of you who have responded to the crisis of the increased numbers of refugees who have been coming to Casa Juan Diego,… continue reading

The Cosmos, the Glory of God, and the Mystery of Iniquity: Reflections from the Houston Catholic Worker

The great interest in the cosmos today, from the Big Bang theory to new discoveries and wonders of science, the galaxies revealed in new telescopes, new awareness of the mysteries of the animal world, and the whole world, is inspiring people to celebrate the wonders of the universe. Along with these awe-inspiring discoveries is a… continue reading

From Union Square to Rome at Eighty-Five: New Foreward by Pope Francis to Dorothy’s Book

 Preservation of the Faith Press published Dorothy Day’s From Union Square to Rome on November 26, 1938, about eighty-five years from Orbis Books’ release of a new edition with a Foreword by Pope Francis.  In August 2023, the Vatican Press published an Italian translation with Pope Francis’s original Italian Foreword. As with many authors, Dorothy… continue reading

The Canonization Process for Dorothy Day

Hello, and greetings from the Dorothy Day Guild! You might know that we received a really important canonization update last month: the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints in Rome appointed Monsignor Maurizio Tagliaferri as the relator for Dorothy’s cause! Our Guild steering committee, George Horton, Deirdre Cornell, and Dr. Kevin Ahern, met with our… continue reading

What is New in Hospitality at Casa Juan Diego in Houston

Casa Juan Diego is a a part of the Catholic Worker movement. We depend totally on donations We do not receive government funding. We are a very few people working without salaries. Casa Juan Diego’s hospitality includes new refugees arriving every day.  We have been at capacity especially for the past eight months. We can only… continue reading

Casa Juan Diego Christmas Letter 2023

Dear Friends, The miracle of Casa Juan Diego continues. Our houses are full to overflowing with new refugees and their families who arrive each day. These guests have to be fed, clothed, and relocated. We cook a lot of meals. In addition, many, many people come to our food distributions each week. We purchase quantities… continue reading

The Center of Our Story – The Incarnation

“Today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.” Christmas at Casa Juan Diego is like Christmas all over the world. Given the many countries that our guests call home, you could say that the world gathers at Casa Juan Diego for Christmas. The festivities begin… continue reading

The Children of Casa Juan Diego in Houston

As we prepare for Christmas, I find myself rejoicing at all the new babies and children that have found refuge at Casa Juan Diego. At times, we have relatively few children, but then immigration authorities will deliver so many that we have almost more than we can handle. Because the work of our house is 24/7… continue reading