A soup kitchen and house of hospitality in Manhattan's East Village. Also home to the Catholic Worker newspaper, published 10 times per year.
Formerly home to the Third Street Music Settlement (which has since relocated to nearby East 11th Street), the building was purchased by Dorothy Day in 1976, who lived here for the last years of her life. Along with the Catholic Worker farm in Marlboro, NY and St. Joseph House two blocks away, Maryhouse helps comprise what's known collectively as the New York Catholic Worker. One of hundreds of Catholic Worker houses each with its own distinct mission, Maryhouse offers a public noontime meal for women four days a week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. We also offer showers every morning except for weekends, and a free clothing room, open every Tuesday. Finally, Maryhouse also offers hospitality to approximately 20 women, who stay for varying lengths of time.
Every Friday from September through June there are what Catholic Worker co-founder Peter Maurin used to call "clarifications of thought". Colloquially referred to as Friday night meetings, these weekly gatherings take place in the auditorium and often feature talks on various social justice-related topics, some aspect of Christianity, or the chequered history of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker. Sometimes documentary films are shown. Friday night meetings always start at 7:45, and are advertised in the Catholic Worker newspaper, as well as here on Lokashakti. For any questions about events or hospitality, please call (212) 777-9617.
The story of the human race is characterized by efforts to get along much more than by violent disputes, although it's the latter that make the history books. Violence is actually exceptional. The human race has survived because of cooperation, not aggression.