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1.  On the Catholic Worker

- Resources from the 2012 Midwest CW Gathering, including Undoing Racism resources

- Great article on the CW and the Occupy movement here.

Dorothy Day on YouTube!-1971 Interview

Memorable Quotes from Dorothy Day

The Catholic Worker on Economics

- The Catholic Worker on Manual Labor

-  Video : A Peace of the Anarchy: Ammon Hennacy and Other Angelic Troublemakers

- Catholic Worker Resources: A list of all things - books, movies, posters, etc. - Catholic Worker!

- Famous Catholic Worker Articles

Document includes Room for Christ, Poverty and Pacifism, Easy Essays, The Scandal of the Works of Mercy


Karen House:

1840 Hogan St.

Saint Louis, MO  63106

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2.  For Service Groups and Social Justice Education

Karen House Cookbook

Responsible consuming page includes a list of worker-owned cooperatives, Fair Trade sources for food and clothing, and a list of St. Louis based cooperatives

Downward Mobility: Examining our consumption, with suggestions and resources


Discussion questions   to accompany the 20 minute video The Story of Stuff.

Sample schedule for Urban plunge groups and service trips



Consensus Decision Making Resources:

- Consensus Packet

Tips and Facilitator Advice

- "Tradition" on improving consensus

- Article on consensus decision making



Reflections on Privilege and Oppression:

Privilege and Oppression Exercise for High School and College Groups

Privilege, Charity and Social Justice: A Reflection for Middle School Groups

One Page Exercise on Different Types of Privilege

Undoing Racism and White Privilege Resources

Reflection Packets for Service Trips:

General Reflection Manuall: For service trips

  • Uses the model of experience-social analysis-theological reflection-action. 
  • 16-page manual includes sample prayers, quotes, statistics, and discussion questions


Karen House Reflection Packet:   11-page document includes:


  • Intro to Karen House and the Catholic Worker
  • Easy Essays by Peter Maurin
  • New York Times article on the Catholic Worker
  • Exercise exploring economic, race, and class privilege
  • Factsheet on the Causes of Homelessness
  • Factsheet on the U.S. in the global community
  • Theological Reflections
  • Further action suggestions  lists like-minded organizations and websites



3. Resources from Karen House

Traditions (RoundTable discussions within our meetings that help to clarify our thoughts about a specific Catholic Worker idea)

- Distributism

- Voluntary Poverty and Donations

- Decentralization

- Green Revolution

Karen House Details

- Manual for New Community Members   (12 pages, good detail about how our community does the work of Karen House)

- Rules of Karen House, Questions to Ask New Guests

- More Housetaker Instructions

- Display of African American Women on the Karen House wall


Other Cool Stuff We Like

- Nonviolent Communication Workshop

- Healthy Communities Workshop

- Why Not Be Tax-Exempt Letter

- Nonviolent Conflict Resolution

- 100 Suggestions for a Catholic Worker

-  Two Songs from community member Annjie Schiefelbein. Download here by right-clicking and choosing "Save link as":

Kiss the Face of God (written by Annjie, inspired by Becky Hassler's homily at the Karen House Christmas Eve Mass)

Amazing Grace



4. Resources on the Occupy Movement


How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests

For folks curious or confused about this movement, a great article!

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

Answering the "Why Occupy?" question

The Data Behind the Occupy Movement

A five minute video from the Guardian UK.

Occupy Wall Street's Anarchist Roots

The 'Occupy' movement is one of several in American history (including the Catholic Worker) to be based on anarchist principles - great article!

The Story of Broke - The U.S. isn't broke; we're the richest country on the planet, a country in which the riches among us are doing exceptionally well.  But the truth is, our economy is broken.

Watch these two concise and insightful videos, Story of Broke and the Story of Stuff to find out how! 

Occupy St. Louis - and on Facebook here


How does the Occupy Wall Street movement move from "the outrage phase" to the "hope phase," and imagine a new economic model?    Excerpts from a panel discussion with Michael Moore, Naomi Klein (author of the "Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism"),  Rinku Sen (publisher of ColorLines) Occupy Wall Street organizer Patrick Bruner, and William Greide (author of "Come Home, America: The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise) of Our Country")