Our Lady of the Road to go nonprofit

posted by Mike on September 7th, 2007

The South Bend Catholic Worker today announced that they’re spinning off their drop-in center, Our Lady of the Road, as a nonprofit.

Mike Baxter announces the plans just before the end of mass at OLR.

They’re actively seeking donations to help them buy the drop-in center outright. You can’t make a tax-deductable donations at the moment, but you will soon be able to. Please contact peterclaverhouse@gmail.com for details.

OLR is open Friday and Saturday mornings, and is at 744 South Main Street in South Bend, Indiana. If you’d care to make a small donation right away, please bring by any of the following items:

  • Coffee
  • T-shirts
  • Small canisters of shaving cream
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry soap
  • Socks
  • Trash bags (13 gal and 30 gal)

Grab yourself a cup of coffee while you’re there and hang out awhile.

South Bend CW needs coffee

posted by Mike on August 25th, 2007


Are you able to help the South Bend Catholic Worker with a donation?

They need the following items:

  • Coffee
  • T-shirts
  • Small canisters of shaving cream
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry soap
  • Socks
  • Trash bags (13 gal and 30 gal)

I think they could also use a copy of the Joy of Cooking.

You can bring donations to their drop-in center, “Our Lady of the Road,” 744 South Main Street in South Bend, Indiana, Friday and Saturday mornings. If you’d like to volunteer at Our Lady of the Road, please stop by and say hello.



Your generous donation will keep Al fully caffeinated.

Coffee in South Bend: Chicory Cafe

posted by Mike on August 20th, 2007

Bruce and I talked to Brenna Cussen about South Bend’s Chicory Cafe for the Snow Ghost Community Podcast. You can listen to the complete podcast, or just read this transcription of the interview.



Pie and Coffee: On our last Community Show, we were complaining that it’s hard to get Fair Trade coffee at a coffee shop in Worcester. In South Bend, though, it’s gotten a lot easier.

Brenna, how’s it going?

Brenna Cussen: Great, thanks. How are you, Mike?

P: Pretty good. Thanks for sitting through all this nonsense so that you could be on the show.

Brenna: I’m happy, I’m very flattered that I got invited to be on the Bruce Russell show . . . Snow Ghost show.

Bruce: If we’re going to do this, let’s get things right!

P: So Brenna, I wanted to ask you about the Chicory Cafe in downtown South Bend.

Brenna: Sure.

P: They have Fair Trade coffee!

Brenna: They do! They made the transition slowly. Well, they had both options of Fair Trade and non-Fair Trade. And the Fair Trade was a little bit more expensive. I’d say maybe 15 cents more a cup. But just the other day, they made the complete switchover. And now they only serve Fair Trade coffee.
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Eucharistic Congress, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

posted by Mike on August 18th, 2007

Today Margie Pfeil and I went to the diocesan Eucharistic Congress held at Notre Dame. The day started with a very nice ecumenical prayer service at the basilica.

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Nagasaki remembrance, Aug 9 in South Bend

posted by Mike on August 7th, 2007

There will be a remembrance to mourn the atomic bombing of Nagasaki this Thursday, August 9, 2007, 5-6pm in front of the Federal Building in South Bend, Indiana.

It is being organized by the Peter Claver Catholic Worker community.

Attendees are asked to wear black. For more info, e-mail pieandcoffee@gmail.com

Tribune: Jury selected in manhole murder case

posted by Mike on August 4th, 2007

South Bend Tribune:

Potential jurors in the murder trial of Randy Lee Reeder were reminded of their responsibilities on Friday.

In order to be fair as jurors, St. Joseph Superior Court Judge John M. Marnocha said, they must be able to set aside what they already may know of this case, which attracted “a lot of local media attention” earlier this year.

Yesterday’s paper:

Randy Lee Reeder, who was reportedly homeless at the time of the killings, was arrested in February after Daniel J. Sharp, 55, confessed to their involvement in the deaths of Michael “Shan” Nolen Jr., Michael Lawson, Brian Talboom and Jason Coates.