After several months of educating ourselves on the issue of Human Trafficking, we have embraced the call the call to pray and fast on Saturday, February 8th for 24 hours. The call to prayer for human trafficking victims and survivors was issued by Pope Francis and scheduled through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Our prayer vigil will take place at the Dorothy Day House beginning at midnight on Friday, February 7 and continuing for 24 hours until midnight, Saturday, February 8th. While we will have a space for individual and quiet prayer, we have also scheduled several public community prayer services. Please see the schedule here. Part of our vigil will include resources related to Human Trafficking including was to support business that have made a commitment to be slavery free or who have been created to offer jobs to rescued or at risk persons. For more information about our vigil, please contact Vicki Vicars at email@example.com.
For more information on Human Trafficking, please visit the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking website.
The Dorothy Day House of Hospitality opened its doors on November 22, 2009. Our hospitality consists of an evening meal, coffee, a safe place to relax, access to a shower, the opportunity to plant and harvest a garden, and most of all a warm welcome with the offer of friendship and the promise of respect for everyone who walks through our doors. Dinner is served Monday-Thursday from 5:00 to 6:30 PM, and we often serve 100 guests in an evening. Free showers are offered on Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:45 PM.
Peace and Non-violent Resistance
The Catholic Worker Movement is an initiative with a track record of proven dedication to the counter-cultural principles of Jesus, principles that set the norms of society upside down. The Youngstown Catholic Worker Initiative is part of this movement that works stubbornly and tirelessly for peace and social justice. In a world that has excluded two-thirds of humanity from a place at the table, the Catholic Worker by its tireless activism and willingness to challenge unjust laws and social custom – even when it has meant jail time and other social repercussions – insists that the last will be first. Roundtable discussions of social justice topics are held at the Youngstown Dorothy Day House on the fourth Thursday evening of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Our current focus has been promoting the Faithful budget, a viable alternative to the current budget proposals that drastically slash funding to the most vulnerable in our communities. Please click here to learn more about the Faithful Budget. Catholic Workers pray together each Wednesday at 7:00 pm (Vespers) and celebrate the liturgy together once a month. All are welcome!
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In the spirit of Dorothy Day,
The Youngstown Catholic Worker is a community,
founded on personal relationships,
committed to learning and living the gospel of love
through hospitality and peaceful resistance to injustice.