Philly Block Project
Landmarks

Sister Peter Claver Catholic Worker House

At the intersection of Lawrence and Jefferson, the Sister Peter Claver Catholic Worker House was founded in 1988. Patti Burns and Susan Dietrich started the House as an after-school program and adjacent community garden.

It was originally created as part of the Catholic Worker Movement, which was founded by Dorothy Day to serve victims of the Great Depression. The Catholic Worker House was named for Sister Peter Claver, a close friend of Day’s who donated $1 to help publish the first edition of  the Catholic Worker Newspaper.

Today, the Catholic Worker House provides free lunch service, a monthly clothing drive, and an after-school program for children ages 5-12.

Photo Credit: Sister Peter Claver Catholic Worker House