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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Catholic Workers Near Seattle

For many years the soup Kitchen in the Cathedral School kitchen at St. James Cathedral was run as the Family Kitchen which was a Catholic Workers project.Kathleen O'Hanlon supervised the kitchen and greeted the guests personally.I was privileged to volunteer there of and on.  The Kitchen had a tremendous sense of community between the volunteers and the guests.  Sometimes after serving I would grab a plate and go sit with the guests, many of whom I regarded as friends. And the volunteers I worked with were great people.  One woman and I were talking about our Fathers who had both gone to O'Dea High school and the Cathedral School.  We discovered they had been there at the same time, but her Father was deceased.  When I checked with my Father I found out they had been great friends.  As Kathleen always pointed out , the Catholic Workers were all about building community.

Due to other commitments in my life I drifted off and lost contact. The Family Kitchen was finally closed as a project and taken over by others. Not long after I lost my job I saw Kathleen in a coffee shop and was excited because I had not had direct contact with the Catholic Workers in a long time, and I suddenly realized that God is calling me back in this direction.

Kathleen told me that there were people in discussions for starting a new Catholic Workers group in Seattle, but that they were not yet ready to open the meetings to outsiders, because they are in a period of intense discussions and discernment.  Pray readers for the re-establishment of the Catholic Workers in Seattle.  The moment they are open to the public and I am informed of it, I will publish the information in this blog for my local readers. 

Meanwhile there are other Catholic Worker groups near by.  I am hoping that some of you may be able to participate in one of these groups.

The Tacoma Catholic Workers ( run the Guadalupe House, a Clean and Sober House.  They are also heavily involved in peace activities. Five of their members are currently on trail at the Federal Courthouse for thier activities with Disarm Plowshares Now.  The jury is out and has been unable to reach a verdict  They are charged with the criminal activity of trying to stop a nuclear war by interfering with Trident Submarines.   (
The email of the Tacoma Catholic Workers is . 

1417 S G St
Tacoma WA 98405
Phone: 253-572-6582 and 253-627-4347
Also you can contact Jean's House of Prayer (253)627-4347.

There is a Catholic Workers farm in Chehalis Washington. 
Bethlehem Farm Catholic Worker

508 Coal Creek Rd
Chehalis WA 98532
Phone: 360-748-1236
Publication: Bethlehem Peace Farm
Consider contacting the Bethlehem Farm Catholic Worker to volunteer your time or to participate in their community life. 

There is also a Catholic Workers group in Olympia: 
Bread & Roses Catholic Worker

Bread & Roses Catholic Worker
Olympia WA 98501
Phone: 360 754-4085 
Bread & Roses Catholic Worker Home Page
Consider contacting the Bread & Roses Catholic Worker to volunteer your time or to participate in their community life. 

In Portland:

Portland Catholic Worker
PO Box 11193
Portland OR 97211
Phone: 503-287-4230
Dorothy Day House: We are a small house which offers hospitality to single women experiencing homelessness or transitioning out of prison.
Consider contacting the Portland Catholic Worker to volunteer your time or to participate in their community life.

And just across the border:
The Vancouver Catholic Worker - Samaritan House
1143 E Pender St
Vancouver BC V6A 1W6

Phone: 604-255-1555, 604-251-0920 (Fax)
The Vancouver Catholic Worker - Samaritan House Home Page
Publication: The Christian Radical 

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