Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker: The Miracle of Our Continuance

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PREFACE

It is difficult to imagine American Catholicism today without Dorothy Day. Compelling and prophetic, she captures the imagination through her vision and work for a world, as she was fond of saying, “where it is easier to be good.” Dorothy Day spent her life not only championing the poor but also, guided by the works of mercy, feeding, clothing, and sheltering the poorest of the poor. She did so in a way as simple as it is breathtaking, while living among them and giving up her own longing for peace, privacy, and comfort.

Dorothy Day was born on November 8, 1897, in Brooklyn, New York, third child of five to Grace Satterlee and John Isaac Day. Raised in a newspaper family, she started working as a journalist at the age of eighteen. After the birth of her daughter, Tamar Teresa, in 1926, Dorothy converted to Catholicism, and in 1933, influenced by Peter Maurin, a French peasant and day laborer with a Catholic program of social action, she launched the Catholic Worker newspaper. The paper’s mission was to speak to the growing numbers of homeless and unemployed at the height of the Great Depression. This quickly turned into the creation of a house of hospitality in the tenements of lower Manhattan as it became clear that Dorothy and Peter not only had to speak of the social problems of the day, but they needed to help the people they were addressing in any way they could. The opening of the house of hospitality was closely followed by the purchase of a farm as a way to provide work and food.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction 1
  • One- House of Hospitality 16
  • Two- The Paper 43
  • Three- The Farm 60
  • Four- The Duty of Delight 84
  • Five- Protest and Prison 107
  • Six- Prayer 116
  • Epilogue- What Can One Person Do? 128
  • Excerpt Sources 130
  • Index of Photos 133
  • Select Titles from Empire State Editions 137
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