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In this episode, Clark and Laura discuss the Catholic Worker Movement. The Catholic Worker’s model of service was a big influence on A Simple House’s mission. The Catholic Worker was a movement founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in order to directly serve the poor. Both Laura and Clark volunteered at the Catholic Worker houses in DC. The Catholic Worker movement was personal, in the sense that Catholic Workers took personal responsibility in society’s problems and helping their neighbor, and that they served people on a personal level. It was also deeply rooted in solidarity with the poor and voluntary poverty, not only serving the poor and homeless but sharing life with them. These were all attributes that Clark and Laura wanted to carry into A Simple House’s ministry. The Catholic Worker model provided important influences on the formation of Simple House.
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