Day, Dorothy 
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Time Period
11/8/1897  - 11/29/1980
Description
Dorothy Day was born in Chicago in 1897. After leaving college before graduating, Day became a journalist in New York City, where she worked for a number of social causes associated with Socialism and the Left.

After the birth of her daughter, Day renewed an earlier interest in spiritual matters and eventually entered the Catholic Church. In 1933, Day and Peter Maurin, founded the Catholic Worker movement, establishing a newspaper of the same name, along with a number of farm communities and several still-extant settlement houses.

Day became a noted activist whose influence reached beyond the Catholic Worker, leading anti-war and anti-nuclear proliferation movements as well as speaking out against the plight of the poor and laborers. Day died in 1980 and was declared a Servant of God by Pope John Paul II, who initiated her formal cause for sainthood.
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Events
Catholic Worker Movement
Movements
Catholic Worker Movement
Photographs

Dorothy Day portrait- Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-111099

Dorothy Day statue- Flickr- photo by Jim Forest (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Book/Journal Source(s)
Coy, Patrick G., 1988. A Revolution of the Heart: Essays on the Catholic Worker. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Day, Dorothy, 1997. The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of the Legendary Catholic Social Activist. New York: Harper.Notes: Originally published in 1952.)
Piehl, Mel, 1982. Breaking Bread: The Catholic Worker and the Origin of Catholic Radicalism in America. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Web Page Contributor
William S. Cossen
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in History

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