Thursday, March 6, 2014

Holy Family House 40th Anniversary Party

Holy Family House
is celebrating its
40th Anniversary!
Come celebrate on
Saturday, April 26th (that’s the weekend after Easter)

9:30am – noon:  History of the house—what’s happened during the last 40 years?
Brother Louis and others will share stories and memories.


3:00pm–7:30pm:  Open house party
Music, entertainment, celebration, and…

6:00–7:30pm:  Picnic dinner


It’s a double celebration;
Troost Fest will also be happening from 12-8pm at 31st & Troost!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Holy Family Catholic Worker House needs your help.

Please consider this message an invitation to discern whether you are at this time and place in your life in a position to respond to a grace that will require much of you, but also bless you in ways you cannot now imagine.

Eighty years ago, in 1933, Dorothy Day, a young journalist and convert to Catholicism, and Peter Maurin, a French émigré and former Christian Brother, responded to the Great Depression by founding the Catholic Worker Movement in one of poorest parts of New York City. They began with a shelter for homeless women, a soup kitchen and eventually a small farm where the Beatitudes and the Corporal Works of Mercy could be lived in their purest form -- direct service to the poor in a Christ-centered faith community. Day was also a pacifist who saw war as undoing the works of mercy by taking public resources from the most needy to spend on weapons.

Forty years ago, in 1972, a young woman named Angie O’Gorman established Holy Family Catholic Worker House at 31st and Harrison in Midtown Kansas City. Over the coming decades, other people of many faiths joined that community and served at that location, experiencing what Dorothy Day once called a “school for the radical gospel.” Among the active figures at the house was Christian Brother Louis Rodemann, who, during his 28 years there, became known to hundreds of volunteers from many churches and organizations in the area who felt drawn to deepen their commitment to direct service to the needy, helping with hospitality, shelter and other forms of assistance to homeless and low income people. More recently, generous young people seeking more authentic lives of service have committed their idealism and energies to sustain the House by living in the community, serving its guests and, as Dorothy Day did, by organizing protests against the production of nuclear weapons in Kansas City.

Efforts to staff Holy Family House have always been a challenge. New volunteers are once again needed to sustain its Worker mission. Mature individuals, independent enough to give several months, perhaps a year of their lives to help guide the House into the future, are asked to consider becoming community members. This appeal goes out to anyone who has experienced the work of Holy Family in the past, to families who have known the blessing of serving there, or to anyone who at this point in his or her life is discerning how to take the next step in their own spiritual growth. The recent call of Pope Francis to recover the church of the poor and for the poor is one sign that something urgent and powerful is happening today, inviting people of good will and compassion to join together to make our divided world into a more just, loving and holy family.

If this appeal prompts you, please pray about it, talk to your family and friends, your local faith community, then contact HolyFamilyCW@gmail.com to arrange a visit to the House to begin a discernment process to determine if you are being called to serve in this way.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


FEBRUARY CLARIFICATION - Nuclear Weapons, Kansas City, and Gospel Nonviolence

Join us Friday, February 22nd @ 7:00 for a roundtable discussion on nuclear weapons manufacturing in Kansas City and ongoing efforts to transform this industry and our city's involvement.  Come learn about the current state of the ballot issue to prevent future municipal financial support for nuclear weapons (Question 3 on the April 2nd ballot), and discuss how our faith calls us to respond to this local issue of nuclear weapons.

Monday, January 14, 2013


L'Arche Roundtable Next Tuesday, January 22nd.

We apologize for the short notice.  But if you are available, please join us next Tuesday for a shared evening between the Holy Family Catholic Worker community and the L'Arche Heartland community of Overland Park, KS.  Former Holy Family live-in community members Gina and Rachael will be facilitating some sharing and activities including members of the L'Arche community.

L'Arche, if you are unfamiliar, is a movement, founded by Jean Vanier, of faith-based intentional communities centered around adults with intellectual disabilities and assistants who share in their life.  If you would like to learn more from the L'Arche folks themselves, please join us!

What: Clarification of Thought on L'Arche and Jean Vanier
When: Tuesday, January 22nd:

6:30 p.m. - Brief introductions
6:40 p.m. - Jean Vanier activity
7:10 p.m. - Sharing
7:30 p.m. - Goodbye to the L'Arche folks, further learning/discussion after if interested

Also, feel free to join for a light dinner at 6:00 prior to the evening's activities.
 
Who:  Facilitated by Gina and Rachael Coffman, former live-in community members at Holy Family House and current Assistants at L'Arche Heartland in Overland Park
Where: Holy Family House - 912 E. 31st Street, KCMO


Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Our latest newsletter is now available online!  You can view it here.

Thursday, November 29, 2012


We are pleased to announce a special event next Friday evening with former Holy Family community member, Jan Cebula.  Please see the details below, and we hope you will be able to join us!

Palestine / Israel Today
Understanding the Reality

Friday, December 7, 2012
6:30 P.M.
 
Holy Family Catholic Worker House
912 E. 31st Street
Kansas City, MO

Sr. Jan Cebula, OSF, is a former member of Holy Family Catholic Worker House (1984 - 2004), living in the community for the first ten years.  Jan has just returned from an Interfaith Peace-Builders delegation study tour of Palestine/Israel.

The delegation focused on the Palestinian olive harvest which takes place each Autumn.  The olive harvest is an occasion of particular cultural and economic importance for Palestinian communities and a time when tensions between Israeli settlers and Palestinian residents of the West Bank run high.

Jan and her 31 companions witnessed the everyday violence of occupation and learned from those committed to nonviolent struggle, human rights and peace with justice.

They sought to reach deeper to uncover the roots of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and explore avenues for justice and change.

Join us at Holy Family House to hear her report and recommendations, and to explore the possibilities of creative nonviolence in the Holy Land.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It's been a long time since we have updated our website, but we are still here!  With Thanksgiving just past we reflect on things big and small for which we are thankful: smiles as our guests come through the door, a continued fall harvest from the garden, and the tremendous support our community receives from all those who care about us, our work, and those we serve.  Another small thing we are thankful for is 5 small, new members of our community - baby chicks!  It is fun to have to have them and come next year we will be able to collect fresh eggs!

Also, coming soon is the newest edition of our newsletter.  Be watching for it online and in your mailboxes!

Monday, February 20, 2012

RAISE THE ROOF AT HOLY FAMILY HOUSE!

Join us for a benefit pancake breakfast. We will serve delicious banana nut, chocolate chip, and health nut pancakes; with whipped cream, fruit compote, syrup, peanut butter, jelly, and yogurt toppings. There's a $10 suggested donation, all proceeds will go towards replacing our 20 year old roof.

Saturday, March 3 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Holy Family House, 912 E 31st Street KCMO