The Radical History of the Catholic Worker Community In Parkdale
Thursday, September 19th, 6:30-8:30
5 Close Avenue
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Join us for a peoples history event recounting the radical story of Parkdale’s Catholic Worker Community.
Founded in 1990, the former Toronto Catholic Worker community moved into Parkdale in 1993 where it remained until its dissolution in 2010. At its height, the community included about thirty people living in six households located at the bottom of Close Avenue.
The Catholic Worker is an anarchist pacifist movement inspired by Catholic social teaching that envisions a grass-roots social revolution proceeding from individual and collective action for the common good; a new society built on the shell of the old where it is easier to be good. It began in New York in 1933 and now encompasses some 200 communities, most of them in the United States.
The Toronto Catholic Worker was anchored by the Zacchaeus House, a house of hospitalist that welcomed people in need of housing. Over the course of its 20 year history, Zacchaeus House welcomed and supported several hundred people offering both long and short-term family-style community housing. In addition to this the work of hospitalist, the community also ran a bakery, a cooperative sawmill and attempted to establish a land trust.
Join us to learn more about this inspiring community.
Soup will be served.
Speakers - Jim Loney, Richard Marshal and more.