Jeannine M. Pitas is an assistant professor of English and Spanish at the University of Dubuque, Iowa. She also contributes to the Catholic blog Vox Nova.

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Three new Catholic Worker communities found pandemic a perfect time to open

What to do when a global pandemic turns the world upside down? "Open a Catholic Worker house" may not be the first answer for most of us. But for three groups in Iowa, Kansas and Wisconsin, it was the perfect time.


Accompanying mothers through childbirth offers chance to live out pro-life values

Amid the contentious arguments between pro-life and pro-choice advocates, there's an obvious point of common ground: Support mothers before, during and after the process of giving birth.

Future womanpriest 'Father Anne' blames God for leading her towards ordination

Anne Tropeano has chosen to be ordained as a Roman Catholic priest, thus breaking the Catholic Church's ban on the ordination of women and crossing the threshold of formal excommunication. "God is asking me to do this," she says.


Catholic Worker 'family reunion' a time for joy, liturgy, discussion

The Sugar Creek Catholic Worker reunion draws members from the dozens of Catholic Worker communities in the Midwest. The event allows Workers to talk about their service and activism, inspired by Catholic Worker founders Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin.