Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tom Cornell to speak on the Spirituality of the Catholic Worker Movement

While the ‘Occupy’ movement has received much press in recent months, it is but the most recent example of public protest in support of a just cause, according to author, teacher, and peace activist Tom Cornell.

Tom Cornell, life-long Catholic Worker and veteran of peace and civil rights movements, will speak on the Spirituality of the Catholic Worker Movement during a special program at the Little Theatre in the Arts & Sciences Building of Georgian Court University, 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood Tuesday February 28 at 7 p.m. 

Started at the height of the Great Depression on the streets of New York City, the Catholic Worker movement began by offering bread and coffee to the poor but shortly evolved into a diverse movement of solidarity with the poor, and peace and justice activism.

Co-founder Dorothy Day, reflecting on the lowly beginnings of the Catholic Worker, wrote “It all happened while we were sitting there talking, and it is still going on.”

Tom’s involvement with the movement began in the late 1950s. His experiences included peace assignments to fourteen countries on three continents, editor of The Catholic Worker (the newspaper of the NYC Catholic Worker) and co-director of a Catholic Worker House of Hospitality for the homeless in Waterbury CT.

This program is hosted by the Sociology Department of Georgian Court University and sponsored by the Jersey Shore Catholic Worker.

Article by Pam Quatse

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