Casa Maria Catholic Worker Community

Last updated: December 10, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Casa Maria Catholic Worker Community

(Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States)

Mission Statement:

We are a community of people dedicated to living out the Gospel values of loving our enemies and attempting to take personal responsibility for the needy sisters and brothers in our society. We follow the tradition of the Catholic Worker movement. We believe in nonviolence as a way of life, gentle personalism, and the practice of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. We choose to live a life of voluntary poverty.

Community Description:

The Casa Maria Hospitality House gives hospitality to four homeless families and two single women at one time, and they stay with us until they find places of their own. We provide food, clothing, used furniture, etc., which are donated to us by the public, to help our guests and others in need of such. We also try to root out the causes of poverty and violence by nonviolently protesting and refusing to cooperate with the military and the US government. Pat’s House provides hospitality to homeless women seeking to recover from addictions to drugs and/or alcohol. They stay with us until such a time as they receive counseling, find work, and find a suitable place to live. Mapendo House provide hospitality to homeless single women who have disabilities that make them unable to gain employment and are not receiving any aid. Women suffering from sexual abuse are also accepted. They stay with us until they are able to find some kind of assistance.
We have two community houses where many of our volunteers stay and live in common. Lazarus House and Harmony House both offer hospitality. Our community members do not receive compensation for working at our houses, and many of them have jobs on the outside to provide for their own personal needs and the needs of the houses. Anyone who wishes to live a life of voluntary poverty, to dedicate their life to the needy and oppressed, and to live a life of nonviolence and gentle personalism and who is willing to live in community is invited to join the Casa Maria Community. We accept volunteers of any race, religion, or nationality.


  • Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization


  • Current Number of Residences: 5
  • Land owned by: The Community


  • Adult Members: 20
  • Child Members: 7
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No


  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution:

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: No~ this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling
We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.