The Worker

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Tradistae is a Catholic Worker organization committed to proclaiming and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the works of mercy, intentional community, liturgical tradition, and the struggle for social justice. Tradistae is based out of Lancaster, PA, but has a number of friends and members, primarily throughout the United States.

We believe in Catholic Social Teaching, as taught by the Social Encyclicals of the Popes. This can be described in many ways, such as:

  • the Gospel applied to governments, economies, cultures, and families
  • the Politics of Virtue Ethics and the Common Good
  • Distributism, including its agrarian and ecological origins (a.k.a. a Small Farm Future)
  • Thomistic Liberation Theology
  • the “New Traditionalism,” a paradox beyond the Left/Right dichotomy
  • the Politics of the Real, Postliberal Thought, and Radical Orthodoxy—as articulated by our friends at New Polity

Our website exists to host resources on Catholic Social Teaching. Some of these are teaching tools, such as our easy essays and the Tradistae Podcast. We have other resources to inspire you in prayer and praxis, especially the spiritual and corporal works of mercy and the practice of intentional Christian community. We welcome all people of good will to join us in creating a better world through prayer, penance, and solidarity. 

To keep up to date with Tradistae, join our mailing list or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. To support the work of Tradistae, you can become a patron on patreon or volunteer with our worker-scholar missions. Please feel free to contact us.

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Volunteer Staff

Co-founder and Director

Sean Domencic (formerly published as Thomas Hackett) is the co-founder and director of Tradistae, a contributor at New Polity, and a maintenance man. He and his wife helped run Holy Family Catholic Worker for two years. They live in Lancaster, PA.

Sean can be requested to speak or to lead retreats. For more information, click here.

Co-founder: James Boll

Thank you to all friends and former worker-scholars of Tradistae who have volunteered their time!

If you would like to join Tradistae, please APPLY HERE via our list of worker-scholar missions.

Featured image by Ade Bethune, provided courtesy of Archives and Special Collections, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Easy Essay List

The following list contains links to all the Easy Essays on Tradistae. Each one is under 500 words to provide straightforward answers to simple questions. This list will be updated whenever new Easy Essays are published.

Several Easy Essays are now available in PDF form to create printable one-page pamphlets. Spread the word in your parish and community!




Society Before Capitalism

Easy Encyclicals 


Intentional Community 


“Priesthood and Revolution: Where Christianity and Marxism Part Ways” (Booklet)
by Fr. Herbert McCabe, O.P.

The Tradistae Reading Lists

If you would like to contribute writing, art, or translations to our Easy Essays, please contact us. Keep up to date with Tradistae on Twitter, Facebook, or our Mailing List. Please consider supporting Tradistae on Patreon; every dollar we receive allows our volunteer staff to spend more time promoting the politics of virtue and the common good.