Catholic Worker House in St. Petersburg

New Monastic Society devoted to the service of Christ in the poor and unemployed.
Our Purpose…. To engage in intentional ministry of outreach, social change, art, and Christ-consciousness in the Name of God. We are committed to a life of contemplation and action, for to exclude either is to miss the fullness of the spirituality to which we are called.

Our Rule… To do no harm. We embrace the way of peace, non-violence, and reconciliation. We preach and practice the unconditional acceptance of all people as children of One God.

Our Spiritual Practices… We encounter the risen Christ in may ways but none more significantly than in the community celebration of the Holy Eucharist. We are pledged to live a life or prayer and service that includes our making daily conscious contact with God.

Our Activism and Politics… Notes on Christian Protest:

Reference Early Church Fathers

Reference Scriptures: Isaiah 58, Isaiah 10: 1-4, Isaiah 61, Amos, Proverbs, Matthew 25, Matthew 5-7, Luke 6, James 2, among others

Reference the Following Books:
God’s Politics, The Politics of Jesus, Jesus of the Disinherited, Letters From Prison, Letters From a Birmingham Jail, God’s Revolution, Jesus for President, RIch Christians in an Age of Hunger, A Theology of Liberation, Communism in the Bible, Marx and the Bible

Key Points: We must represent Jesus, we must represent Kingdom Values. Our method
is against actions, we cannot judge intent. Nonviolence. We must look at issues and not parties or people. It is not about the constitution but about the Bible, the Church, and the Church Fathers. We come at it as a Eucharistic People, who are united as one, across Racial, Gender, Ethnic, Age, and Class.

Saints that influence us Politically: St. Francis, Theresa of Avila, St. Gemma, Mother Theresa, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr., Sojourner Truth, Daniel Berrigan, Oscar Romero, Deitrich Bonhoffer, John Brown, Fredrick Douglas, John Dear, Jim Wallis, John Perkins, Thomas Merton, Matthew Fox, and others


Poor People’s Campaign Update

Today PPEHRC mobilized members and student interns at a press conference to Save Angel Perez’s home! Please message me if you’re interested in being part of a phone tree in case the sheriff comes to evict Angel. We will send out a link for donations soon, too, but for now please contact me if you can be part of the emergency phone tree.

Angel and his family have lived and taken care of their home on the 3200 block of Shelbourne Street for the last 11 years–and they are now threatened with eviction. Since moving into the house, Angel has fixed the place up–painting it and installing plumbing and electricity. He has also kicked drug crews out of the house and was shot in one of those confrontations. He has also been a contributing member of the community serving as a block captain. The original owner of the house who gave permission for Angel to live there recently passed away, and another landowner is laying claim to the property–threatening Angel with eviction unless he can pay her $13,000. Angel is willing to pay as much as he can, but cannot afford that pricetag.

The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) is supporting Angel at his request, mobilizing community resources in an effort to both raise $13,000 and help him and his family resist eviction if that goal is not met. Angel has been the caretaker of his home and a valuable asset to his community, and PPEHRC is willing to do everything in its power to ensure that Angel and his family stay in the home that is rightfully theirs.


Occupy Radio interviews Bruce Wright on Ending Homelessness

You can find this video and more on our new YouTube channel at


As we look forward to this New Year, here is a poem that I wrote called, “A New….

“A New World, A New time to change the rhyme, the flow of what you know and to grow, to sow a new seed to end all greed to not conceed, but lead in a new direction with it’s inflection, it’s feel to not conceal, but reveal a new deal with it’s seal, it’s sign to not consign humanity to the insanity and profanity of the gloom and doom of an ending not worth defending, but instead to be fed with a new beginning, a time for Winning and overcoming the dumbing down of society, an impropriety of all the anxiety caused by those in power who would have us cower as they tower over us, we then discuss, and talk and squalk, but then the walk moves and removes inaction and reaction, as well as distraction to change as we rearrange whats out there to a just and fair ending worth defending.” By Bruce Wright


Christmas Thoughts and greetings

As we reflect on this Holiday Season and in particular this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I want to wish everyone a truly blessed time and wish to thank everyone for your support and help this Christmas. We were able to help more than 20 families with Food and gifts, as well as distribute more than 200 ditty bags with hygiene and other items in them. We also helped financially 3 single moms stay in their residence. Thanks so much to everyone who participated! You are truly a blessing and several Children will be blessed this Christmas.
In looking at the Christian and Hebrew Scriptures, the Prophet Isaiah speaks of a time when,”Every Valley shall be raised up, the crooked places made straight and mountains made low…. ” . A time when there will no longer be one person or government or power structure that is higher than another. The “playing field” will be level. A time when, according to Luke’s Gospel account, “He has brought down rulers from their thrones, but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things, but has sent the rich away empty handed….”. A time when real peace will reign!
This time is coming and is, as we show love and peace to one another. The birth of a child, in poverty to a single mom, part of enslaved indigenous people of color, in a time of being under the crushing power of the Empire of Rome, should remind us that The Power of Empire, Greed, Wealth, and War can be overcome by a small group of determined Followers of Peace, of the Prince of Peace.
May you truly have a blessed Christmas, Holiday Season, and New Year!! Whatever your religious or non-religious views, may you join me in wishing Peace, Love, and Joy in this world!

Sincerely, Rev. Bruce Wright

PS. If you are so inclined and wish to help the Refuge in it’s work at the last minute with families and to end this year in supporting us, we certainly could use your help. To help immediately, please call me at 727 278 1547 and I will give instructions on how to help by depositing directly in to our account. You can also send gifts to the Refuge, 3301 58th Ave. north, St. Petersburg, Florida 33714. Thanks again!! Please also consider supporting the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (


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