Philosophy

One of the most important philosophies of Trinity House Catholic Worker Community is that of personalism. In all aspects of life we strive to treat our fellow community members as individuals worthy of our respect, thought of as brothers and sisters rather than as strangers for whom we do charity work. We believe that in this way we can work together as a community to make our surrounding conditions better.

We are also strongly committed to living a lifestyle of nonviolence. It is our sincere belief that violence, for any reason, is unnecessary and detrimental to humanity; there is always another, better solution to any problem that may arise. We see the violence and oppression committed against the poor and marginalized of our society as directly related to the violence committed against the poor of all nations. In both cases, the effects are the same: hunger, homelessness, and death. Instead, we perform works of mercy as a bold witness against such violence. By expressing compassion and treating others with the respect and dignity in-borne in every person, we seek to move beyond conflict toward a more equitable world where everyone is treated with equal worth.

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Faith-Centered Action:

We feel called to follow the example of Jesus Christ and live out our faith by placing ourselves among those we serve. Catholic Worker houses of hospitality the world over seek to fulfill specific needs that exist in their particular communities. Specifically here in Albuquerque, we see a need for a safe and welcoming space for people to be fed physically and spiritually, especially homeless women and children and immigrant families. Because Christ identified himself with the marginalized and oppressed, it is in their faces and eyes we most expect to encounter him. Our search for a closer living faith with God calls us to serve Jesus and his family.

For more information on the Catholic Worker Movement, see: www.catholicworker.org.