Catholic Worker returns to Davenport, Iowa, after 20 years

Michael Gayman stands in front of a home he purchased in Davenport, Iowa, to open as a Catholic Worker house of hospitality. (CNS/The Catholic Messenger)

The Catholic Worker Movement, often described as a rag-tag effort to live out the Gospel precept of love of neighbor, has returned to Davenport, Iowa.

Michael Gayman, decided to purchase a house and offer hospitality after spending more than two years with a Catholic Worker community in California and deciding to return to eastern Iowa to be closer to family.

Barb Arland-Fye, editor of the Catholic Messenger, newspaper of the Davenport Diocese, reports that it’s been 20 years since a Catholic Worker house has been open in Davenport.

The house will be named the Oaks of Mamre Catholic Worker. Its name is connected to the story in Genesis (18:1-16) in which Abraham extends generous hospitality toward three strangers, not realizing that one of the three is God. Abraham’s compassionate act occurred near the great oaks of Mamre.

“We aim to keep alive hospitality as an ancient sacred code of conduct,” Gayman said in a letter to friends. “We will be offering food, and a place to rest along life’s journey.”

One Response

  1. The spirit of Dorothy lives on. We must serve everyone, the least of us …. the homeless, they will always be with us !

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