It has been just over a year since Mary, Mother of God parish launched Canterbury House. This ministry strives to build Eucharistic community – a coming together of people transformed by the presence of Christ to become His hands and feet in the world – within our parish. Outreach is done through prayer, fellowship, service, and studying Catholic thought.
Director James Murphy said the idea for Canterbury House, located in the rectory next to St. Thomas of Canterbury church (4833 N. Kenmore), is heavily inspired by the Catholic Worker movement. Founders of the movement, Peter Maurin and Blessed Dorothy Day, viewed the Church’s social teachings as a much-needed answer to the injustice and challenges of modern society. Day said, “God meant things to be much easier than we have made them,” and Maurin wanted to build a society “where it is easier for people to be good.”
When praying for Dorothy Day to be officially recognized as a saint in the Catholic Church, an immediate objection comes from Dorothy herself.
“What I remember her most saying is ‘Don’t make me a saint!’” said Jim Eder, temporary director of the Soup Kitchen at St. Thomas of Canterbury church, speaking of his acquaintance with the woman who co-founded the Catholic Worker movement in the U.S. “So here we are.”
“Here” was St. Thomas of Canterbury church following a holy hour of prayer for Dorothy Day’s canonization. This included sung Vespers by the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, Eucharistic adoration, and preaching from Bishop Mark Bartosic.