Welcome to the Winona Catholic WorkerWe are a Christian faith community living in the tradition of the Catholic Worker movement and committed to community, voluntary poverty, hospitality, stewardship, nonviolence, and faith.
We welcome our sisters and brothers in need, serving them as "ambassadors of God." We place our trust in God's providence, relying entirely on the generosity of many individuals, groups, and churches to support our work. We are not tax-exempt, nor do we receive any government funding, because we believe that we are called to do the Works of Mercy at a personal sacrifice.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
We have a lot to look forward to in the coming months. Our good friends Dan Wilson and Rachel Stoll are returning to the W.C.W. in February. We look forward to the energy and enthusiasm that they bring with them wherever they go. The community is also talking to other people who are interested in exploring the possibility of becoming live-in volunteers. As our community expands, we will be looking at various models of hospitality and reflecting on what we can best offer the Winona community. While we’re not sure where these conversations will lead us, we will continue to look to the wider community for input and support throughout the process.
It didn’t take long for Ruth and I to settle right back into the daily work of our houses. While the winter months bring a level of calmness to our community, there’s always a lot to do. Bethany House continues to offer nightly meals that our open to anyone who would like to come. We’ve been blessed with the helping hands of many work groups, college volunteers, cooks and friends who come by to host hospitality. We’ve been steadily working on some much-needed repairs to the Dan Corcoran House in anticipation of reopening the house for overnight guests on June 1st. A good friend of the community just refinished the wood floors in the upstairs hallway and on the main floor, and one of the bedrooms. We’re researching the costs of installing new flooring in the basement, and finishing other essential household repairs.
We are already excitedly planning for spring, and dreaming of another bountiful garden. We hope to put a renewed focus on perennial fruits and veggies. We’re planning on raising chickens and meat rabbits this coming year in order to help complete our small backyard food system. We’re also looking forward to sprucing up the aesthetics of our front yards that sometimes don’t get the amount of attention they deserve.
While there’s always a level of uncertainty in our work, we’re blessed with the constant words and actions of support from our friends and supporters. Going forward, things will look very different on our block of West Broadway. There will be new faces. There will be different practices and missions. Change always brings second-guessing, but we’re always hopeful for the future.