Dorothy Day: A Voice for Justice
Sunday, November 5, 1:00pm
Teresa of Calcutta Hall, Lower Level
All are welcome; no charge.
As a socially conscious journalist and activist--from her late teens until her death at age 83 in 1980, Dorothy Day traveled the country and the world to report on the lives of the poor, workers, the disenfranchised, prisoners, and the victims of war and racism.
With Peter Maurin, she founded the Catholic Worker movement in 1933 to bring Catholic Social Teaching to the public forum, and to create a life in community patterned on the Gospel teachings of peace, voluntary poverty, and forgiveness--even of one's enemies. A convert to Catholicism, she emphasized "the primacy of the spiritual," radically challenging the materialism and militarism of the American ethos. She consistently underscored the sovereignty of conscience and the imperative to seek the face of Christ in each individual we meet. Welcoming, rugged, shy, yet personable, she was at once prophetic, delightful, and paradoxical.
What might we learn from Dorothy Day about faith and endurance? About raising our voices, and acting for justice?
Patrick Jordan and his wife Kathleen met at the New York Catholic Worker in 1969. Both served on the editorial staff of the Catholic Worker paper under Dorothy Day, and were members of the St. Joseph House community until 1975. Pat is the author of Dorothy Day: Love in Action (Liturgical Press, 2015), and was an editor at Commonweal for nearly thirty years. Copies of Pat's book will be available for purchase after this presentation.