After months of prayer and discernment, the Hildegard House Catholic Worker is now established. Grounded in the precepts and principles of the Catholic Worker movement, we join with the over 200 Catholic Worker communities who are committed to nonviolence, voluntary poverty, prayer, and hospitality for the homeless, exiled, hungry and forsaken. As Catholic Workers, we will continue to protest injustice, war, racism, and violence of all forms.
Our mission statement:
At Hildegard House we welcome and offer compassionate, non-judgmental day and live-in hospitality to those who have experienced human trafficking and are in need of a safe place to rest and heal. We strive to love and learn from each other, focus on the goodness in each person, and support the growth and wholeness of all. Rooted in the Catholic Worker tradition, a grassroots movement started in 1933 by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, we embrace the God-given dignity of all creation. As Catholic Workers, we recognize the universality of the call to love one another which manifests itself in the teachings of the great faith-filled traditions.
Hildegard House is not tax exempt. Through our faith in the Spirit, we look to the generosity of our friends and neighbors to sustain this work. We appreciate monetary donations, SuperOne gift cards, Target gift cards, and toilet paper donations. We also accept your prayers, your friendship and your love to help embrace and welcome our sisters back into the community without judgment and to help keep them safe as they leave a life of exploitation, violence and trauma.
Human trafficking is a very large and complex issue. Our Catholic Worker community understands that we offer one small but important resource, ie, hospitality. As Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin discovered at the beginning; “Beware believing you can solve all the problems of your guests and the temptation to get big or become an organization”. We have been developing relationships and learning where the resources are within the wider community that are both safe and culturally appropriate in order to weave a strong and resilient healing web. It will, in fact, take a village to make a difference and the Catholic Worker is a part of the village.
Checks can be made out to Hildegard House, 617 N. 8th Ave. E., Duluth MN 55805
Prayers can be made out to God/Creator.
You can contact us by:
phone: 218 722-2231
Peace, Diana, , Judy, Laura, Sr. Linda, Mary Kay, Michele, Treasure.
Why the name Hildegard House? Hildegard means, “keeper of the light”. In particular, we are inspired in part, by the insights of Hildegarde of Bingen, a mystic, visionary, healer, saint and radical feminist of her time.
In the Duluth community, individuals, street-outreach workers and researchers have been meeting with the victims of sex trafficking and in the process have been hearing from them what their greatest needs are. As most might imagine, there is quite a list that ranges from physical safety, housing, medical, social services, child protection, mental health and education to name a few. The Duluth Indigenous community is particularly hit hard and many Indigenous victims have voiced that their needs would best be met by the Indigenous community. The dominant culture’s social services, medical, mental health services, etc. are often not appropriate and in many cases have proved to be completely counterproductive to healing. Hilde House recognizes and supports this and seeks to be allies with the Indigenous community. We do this, in part by opening up the space and offering support to allow the Native community to take the lead. This requires a commitment to be honest, open, and forgiving of each other.
A need that seems to run throughout is that the victims of human trafficking feel welcomed and loved and can trust that there is a safety net made of many fibers ready to embrace them without judgment. One of the most important tenets of the Catholic Worker lies in the firm belief in the God-given dignity of every human person. We are not under the authority of any institutional church or agency. As quoted by Dorothy Day; “Love is the measure”.