Her parents were married in an Episcopal church in Greenwich Village. Inher father, who was a sports writer devoted to horse racing, took a position with a newspaper in San Francisco. The family relocated to Chicago.
Her Spirituality A Radical Lay Catholic Dorothy Day's life and legacy is a radical movement, faithful to the Gospel and the church, immersed in the social issues of the day, with the aim of transforming both individuals and society.
In an age marked by widespread violence, impersonal government, shallow interpersonal commitments, and a quest for self-fulfillment, Dorothy Day's spirit fosters nonviolence, personal responsibility of all people to the poorest ones among us, and fidelity to community and to God.
Approximately Catholic Worker communities serve in the United States, with new houses of hospitality opening every year.
Dorothy left no rule or directions for the Catholic Worker communities. The rule she lived by and promoted is contained in the Gospels, most particularly in the Sermon on the Mount and in Matthew, chapter The vision of Dorothy Day lives on in The Catholic Worker newspaper that has been continually published since Dorothy was a journalist all her adult life, and she lived through and commented on the central events of the twentieth century: The Catholic Worker and her prodigious writings always focus the light of the Gospel on our conscience as we struggle with these issues.
She wrote to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable. These world issues and the suffering of humanity still challenge people of conscience to create a better world. Dorothy Day's response is essential Gospel: Her vision is anchored in the apostolic era and is essential for the atomic age.
It challenges us to build community, grow in faith, and serve poor people.
Her vision is a model of liberation for the United States. She describes her first twenty-five years as a time of "Searching" for a center of meaning and focus for her energies. During the middle period she calls "Natural Happiness," she lived in a common-law marriage, gave birth to a daughter, completed her conversion, embraced Catholicism, and turned her life in a new direction.
Dorothy had two older brothers, Donald and Sam Houston. A sister, Della, and another brother, John, later joined the family. When Dorothy was six years old, her father, a sports writer, took a job in California and moved the family to Oakland.
He lost his job when the San Francisco earthquake destroyed the newspaper plant. Dorothy's memories of the quake and of her mother and the neighbors helping the homeless remained stamped in her mind. The family then moved to Chicago where they lived for the next twelve years.
Dorothy grew up in a conventional middle-class home in the period before World War I. The Days valued reading, education, and writing. Her parents seemed to create a caring home.Peter and Dorothy wanted to influence Catholics, who were criticized for a lack of social and political morality.
Resistance to Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement intensified as the nation went to war. For Dorothy it was a time of deepening, a necessary time of consolidation of her Catholic faith and of the ideas that fueled the. Why Dorothy Day Matters. the Church's sphere of influence diminished considerably, a process that has continued down to the present day.
We can see this most clearly in the figure of the pope.
Ignatian Radicalism: The Influence of Jesuit Spirituality on Dorothy Day BENJAMIN T. PETERS* While celebrated in U.S. Catholicism, Dorothy Day (–) is often marginalized in American Catholic scholarship. At their annual meeting, the Catholic bishops of the United States unanimously recommended the canonization of Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker movement.
By then the Vatican had already given her the title “Servant of God,” the first step in formally recognizing Dorothy Day as a saint. The Catholic Worker newspaper was started by Dorothy Day in New York City in the s. Today, the price of the paper still remains at a penny a copy, excluding mailing costs.
Dorothy Day. social activist, journalist, and cofounder of the Catholic Worker movement who were unable to reconcile her progressivism with what they regarded as a staunchly conservative religion. In Day and Catholic activist and philosopher Peter Maurin Day and the Catholic Worker movement also strongly supported unions and labor.