The life and legacy of Dorothy Day, on PBS this weekend

Check out this fine report by my old CBS News colleague Deborah Potter, focusing on the woman who famously didn’t want to be called a saint—but who is one anyway.  Watch The Life of Dorothy Day on PBS. See more from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. [Read more...]

Who is Dorothy Day?

Yesterday, I posted Part I of CNS’s profile of this future saint. Part II is below. Kudos to all concerned! [Read more...]

Must-see video: a look at the sainthood cause for Dorothy Day—UPDATED

The talented Chaz Muth at CNS put this together, and it’s worth a look. It features some rare video of Dorothy Day, and interviews with those who knew her, including her granddaughter (who, I should say, bears a striking resemblance to her grandmother). The CNS website says this is Part I of a series. I [Read More...]

Day’s days: her diary reveals a spitfire saint

I’m working my way through Dorothy Day’s diaries, collected in “The Duty of Delight,“ and among all the mundane details of daily life —whom she met, what she prayed, when she ate—the woman being touted for sainthood by New York’s Cardinal Archbishop reveals a distaste, even a disdain, for some clergy. There’s this, for example, [Read More...]

Dolan on Day: “I’m convinced she is a saint for our time”

The New York Times takes a look at the latest efforts to promote the sainthood cause of Dorothy Day: Dorothy Day is a hero of the Catholic left, a fiery 20th-century social activist who protested war, supported labor strikes and lived voluntarily in poverty as she cared for the needy. But Day has found a [Read More...]

Go ahead. Call her a saint.

One of the most famous quotes of Dorothy Day is “Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed that easily.” With news of her cause for canonization moving forward, Fr. James Martin did a little digging to find out where and when she said that: That quote is probably the biggest barrier [Read More...]

St. Dorothy of New York?

Can I hear an “Amen”? Details: The U.S. bishops, on a voice vote, endorsed the sainthood cause of Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, who was famously quoted as saying, “Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed so easily.” The endorsement came at the end of a canonically [Read More...]

The Catholic Worker adds its voice to Occupy Wall Street

What would Dorothy Day think? Details: Soon after legendary folk singer Loudon Wainwright III finished performing for cheering protesters in Zuccotti Park yesterday afternoon, telling them that the Occupy Wall Street encampment reminded him of the 1968 “Summer of Love,” a Catholic Worker band called the Filthy Rotten System showed up. Bud Courtney, who plays [Read More...]

Deep Forest: the man who knew both Merton and Day

And he’s written about them both, too.  And now U.S. Catholic has a fascinating interview with Jim Forest, discussing Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day — two of my heroes: Few have written authoritative biographies of the 20th-century spiritual giants Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker, and Thomas Merton, the celebrated Trappist monk and writer. [Read More...]

In her footsteps: meet Dorothy Day's granddaughter

She is a Catholic activist in her own right, and recently visited Iowa State to speak. Details: Martha Hennessy is a soft-spoken woman, but her actions certainly are not. She spoke on Monday in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union, giving a speech titled “Inspiration for the 21st Century Radical” in which she discussed her [Read More...]