‘My Kinda Christian’: Catholic Worker Art Laffin

Art Laffin

I’ve had the honor of knowing Catholic Worker Art Laffin at Dorothy Day House in D.C. for more than 20 years. We’ve worshiped together, sung together, been arrested together, eaten together, and cried together. All the things that Christians do. Lest I ever forget the amazing people of faith who surround me, here is the note that Art sent out today:

Eleven years ago today, my brother Paul was killed by Dennis Soutar. I still can’t believe what happened. Although eleven years has passed, all who know and loved Paul still feel a sorrow and grief that defies words. We can take consolation in knowing that Paul is home with God and is interceding for us, together with the cloud of witnesses and all our beloved departed. We give thanks for Paul’s life of extraordinary service to the poor, and for all the laughter and love he gave us. Paul, you will always have a special place in my/our hearts!

Let us also pray today for healing for Dennis Soutar. I pray that Dennis will experience God’s forgiving love. I also pray for Dennis’ sister-in-law, Vernetta Soutar, and the rest of the Soutar family. Mom and I met and prayed with Vernetta several weeks after Paul’s death at St. Francis Hospital where she worked. We also prayed with Vernetta, Dennis’ brother and their children at a Mass at St. Michael’s church where they are parishioners.

Finally, let us hold each other in prayer and heart on this special anniversary day. I want to thank each of you from the bottom of my heart for the prayers and loving support you have offered me and my family in the aftermath of this horrific tragedy. I am forever grateful to you.  With love and gratitude, Art

This is what being a Christian looks like. It’s hard. It’s glorious.

2 thoughts on “‘My Kinda Christian’: Catholic Worker Art Laffin”

  1. Art,

    Your brother touched my life in many ways back in CT. I am still saddened by his passing but grateful to have known him.

  2. FROM ANTHONY: When I think of that song “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love,” Art embodies that love in action. Yes. It is a harsh and dreadful and beautiful thing. Thanks for posting, Rose.

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