Jonah House

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Not to be confused with Jonah Warren House.

Jonah House is a faith-based community centered on the concept of "Nonviolence, resistance and community". Founded in 1973 by a group that included Philip Berrigan, a Catholic priest, and Elizabeth McAlister, formerly a Catholic nun, Jonah House has grown to be situated on a 22-acre (89,000 m2) area of land in Baltimore, Maryland situated encompassing St. Peter's Cemetery, caring for the grounds.

Jonah House has been specifically regarded as a prime example of a Catholic Worker House of Resistance.


Main article: Plowshares Movement

Much of the non-violent resistance direct actions undertaken by Jonah House have taken the form of Plowshares actions. Additionally non-violence is practiced in the community both as a way of thought and action. Education of the injustice present in violence is contemplated.

Food pantry[edit]

Jonah House donates food and clothes to persons in need.

Sister communities[edit]

Jonah House is part of a network of individuals and communities along the east coast that calls itself “The Atlantic Life Community".

The Pacific Life Community is a similar organization encompasing the west coast of the United States of America, Pacific Islands and East Asia.

Jonah House is also a sister community with Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House (in D.C) Viva House Catholic Worker, and The P. Francis Murphy Justice/Peace Initiative.

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"But the people of Jonah House, part of the Catholic Worker movement founded by Dorothy Day more than 72 years ago, have done much more than that. They’ve served years in prison for nonviolent acts of civil disobedience. Almost every arrest, every sentence, has come for actions seeking to abolish nuclear weapons."