Jeff Dietrich’s 60th Birthday Party Photos


A few weeks ago Jeff Dietrich, long time member of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker for 36 years, turned 60. Dennis Apel, of the Guadalupe Catholic Worker, sent me photos of Jeff’s Birthday party at the Richmond Bar & Grill in El Segundo. For the curious the photos are online at:


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Jeff Dietrich Arrested at Iraq War Third Anniversary Demonstration

Kyle and Jeff Dietrich block door

Long time Los Angeles Catholic Worker, Jeff Dietrich, was arrested along with seven others in front of U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein’s office this morning. The demonstration was organized by Steve Gibson from the AFSC, to protest Senator Feinstein’s complacency as the war in Iraq marks a third anniversary this week.

Photos from the demonstration.


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New, and newish Catholic Worker Websites

Catholic Worker

Recently two Catholic Worker came to my attention, and they deserve to be highlighted.

The first is Dutch, pink, and Catholic Worker all around. I think this website has been around for a while, but recently received an over-haul, and a domain name change. The site has information in both English and Dutch.

The second is a new website, from the St. Francis folks in Columbia, MO. The site is neatly laid out, with quite a bit of information about the CW movement in general, and borrowing from their Dutch Bretheren, the site is as purple, as the Dutch are pink.


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Tom and Jan Honoré’s trip to Haiti


Recently two of our faithful Thursday volunteers, Tom and his wife Jan Honoré, went on a delegation to Haiti. We plan to feature the autrocities being commited in that country in our next issue of the Agitator, including an article written by Tom of his experiences there.

Photo Gallery of Tom and Jan’s trip to Haiti


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Bella R.I.P.


Last Friday, January 20, Martha’s long time friend and cat, Bella, passed away. Bella was over 21 years old and has lived at the Los Angeles Catholic Worker for the last thirteen years. Bella was laid to rest in our rose garden here at the house. Her presence with us will be missed by Martha and the rest of the LACW community.


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Volunteer Stories

Soup Kitchen Volunteers

The new volunteer stories, originally apearing in the December, 2005 issue of the Catholic Agitator are now online at:
The 2004 interviews are available at:

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FBI files on the Los Angeles Catholic Worker

It was reported in this morning’s New York Times that the ACLU has obtained documents confirming that the FBI has been spying on peace activists, included in the list are Peta, Grean Peace and the Los Angeles Catholic Worker. There are two FBI files that the ACLU has, both related to our semi-annual protest at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Those wishing to start, or add to their own files the next protest at Vandenberg will be on May 20th.
ACLU’s own report about FBI spying
ACLU’s list of FBI files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
The two files related to the Los Angeles Catholic Worker:

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David’s Atlanta Trip


I just recently returned from visiting the Open Door Community, on my way to attend the annual SOA Protest at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia. I was greeted with an over-flowing of love and hospitality so emblematic of Catholic Worker Communities.


What struck me the most was that during my short five day stay, I personally witnessed each of the six Works of Mercy listed in Matthew 25 taking place. I was able to help Tony cook and serve the soup for their Thursday lunch meal. On Saturday I was able to ride along for their monthy Hardwick Prison trip providing transportation to low-income families to visit relatives locked up in Georgia State Prisons. Many of these families would otherwise be unable to make the trip themselves either for lack of a vehicle or due to rising gasoline prices. While the families were visiting at the prison a group of us took the opportunity to visit Flanery O’Conner’s historic home in Milledgeville.


On Sunday we drove to Columbus Georgia for the SOA Protest, where I ran into former interns Elizabeth Henricks (’05), and Chris Knesrick (’04); former LACW Community Member Sheila McCarthey, former Los Angeles JVC Sara Suman and many others.


The trip ended on a high note on Monday with a protest action outside of the grand opening of Atlanta’s new aquarium. I was amazed at how colorful their signs/costumes were, and how well they integrated singing into their protest. Especially Chad’s wonderful voice starting off the protest with This Little Light of Mine.

What struck me the most is how much the Open Door Community is exactly the same as the Los Angeles Catholic Worker only completely different. Photos from my trip can be seen here.
–David Gardner


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David Gardner in the News

David Gardner Atlanta Aquarium protest 2005

LACW community member, David Gardner, while visiting the Open Door Community in Atlanta, joined their protest action outside of Atlanta’s new $280 million aquarium. A local reporter was on hand and interviewed him and the qoute ended up in the local paper, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The article can be read online here, although he remembers sounding more articulate at the time of the interview, however sounding inteligent and wearing a giant shark head don’t always go hand-in-hand.


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Sophie’s Play

Christian Belt, Clare Bellefeuille-Rice, Sarah Grab, Faustino Cruz, Sophie Goldstein, Megan Fincher and David Gardner

On the night of November 5th, several of us at the Los Angeles Catholic Worker were pleased to attend Alverno High School’s rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream staring one of our youngest volunteers, Sophie Goldstein, as Puck. It was a great production using the original script with modern stage/costumes. Appearing in the photo from left to right: Christian Belt, Clare Bellefeuille-Rice, Sarah Grab, Faustino Cruz, Sophie Goldstein (in costume), Megan Fincher and David Gardner.


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New International Volunteers

Christian Belt and Sarah Grab

We are happy to welcome the two most recent additions to our community, Christian Belt and Sarah Grab. Both are from Germany, and are enrolled in a six month community service program in the United States sponsored by The International Fellowship of Reconciliation. While Sarah was placed at our community, Christian is currently on loan to us from our Sister House in Orange County.


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Dia de los Muertos


For several years while Manuel lived with us at the Los Angeles Catholic Worker, he would construct a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar for us. Manuel, an artist and a native of Mexico put a lot of time, energy and creativity into it. This last year he, along with Jorge Manly-Gil returned to Mexico to start a Catholic Worker there. Manuel requested that I post photos of this years altar so he can see how this tradition is continuing in his absence.


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