Revolution of the Heart: The Witness of Dorothy Day 90th Anniversary of the Catholic Worker

Start Date:
Sunday, July 23, 2023
End Date:
Thursday, July 27, 2023
The Maryknoll Sisters Center
Rogers Building
10 Pinesbridge Road
Ossining, NY 10562
Dorothy Day (1897-1980), a Catholic convert and founder of the Catholic Worker, embodied the radical social message of the Gospel. Pope Francis, addressing the US Congress, included her in a list of four “great Americans” (with Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and Thomas Merton). This program will examine her life and witness, with special attention to the spirituality that underlay her life of service to the poor, the struggle for justice and the cause of peace. In light of her current cause for canonization, it will also examine the ways in which she offers a new model of holiness for our time.

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Resource Person: Robert Ellsberg, MA, is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Orbis Books, where he has worked since 1987. In 1975-80, he spent five years with Dorothy Day at the Catholic Worker, serving for two years as managing editor of the Catholic Worker newspaper. He has edited five volumes of Dorothy Day’s writings, including her Selected Writings, her diaries and letters, and two volumes of her writings from the 1960s and 1970s. A founding member of the Dorothy Day Guild, he was appointed by the Archdiocese of New York as a member of the Historical Commission to prepare her cause for canonization. He is also well known for his writings about saints and for over ten years, he has contributed a daily reflection on “Blessed Among Us” for Give Us This Day. His most recent book is Dearest Sister Wendy… A Surprising Story of Faith and Friendship, drawn from his correspondence with Sister Wendy Beckett.


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