Corporal Works of Mercy


wom The corporal works of mercy are formally listed at the website of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.   In brief, these works of mercy are:

  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Visit the sick
  • Visit the prisoners
  • Bury the dead
  • Give alms to the poor

The members of the Eugene Catholic worker community participate in these works of mercy with a variety of activities. Our goal is to meet the needs of the poor and marginalized members of our community in any way we possibly can.

The city of Eugene and surrounding communities have a population of approximately 238,000 residents.  The homeless population in Eugene is uncertain and has been estimated as between 1500 and 5000.  The 1500 number was taken from a point in time count that occurs once per year.  The higher estimates are probably more realistic.

As the catholic worker community grows, our efforts are to provide as many services as possible to the homeless and marginalized members of the community.  The following lists some specific activities of the Catholic Worker community.

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  • Breakfast is served Wednesday through Saturday mornings at 5th and Washington under the bridge.  During the wintertime, a maximum of approximately sixty people are served daily.  During the summertime, this can increase to as many as 200 people daily.
  • Hospitality is provided at the Poverello House.  Hospitality consists of hot showers, laundry service, movies, … that is, a warm place to visit, nap, and stay out of the weather.  Eight to twenty people are served each day.
  • Transitional housing is provided at the Poverello House. The members of the Catholic Worker Community are also housed at the Poverello House.
  • Sandwiches on Thursday (and sometimes Tuesday). A group of lay Franciscans gathers to make 200-500 sandwiches to be distributed to the homeless.
  • As possible, the community is available at any time to provide emergency supplies (food, clothing, blankets, etc.) to members of the community in need.
  • Eugene’s Ward 9 now operates a Warm Welcome Center (a large tent at present) can be set up on cold and wet nights to provide shelter for our older and handicapped citizens.
  • And of Course, we have a list of our needs and wants.
  • Also see calendar of activities.

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