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Celebrating 82 Years: 1933--2015

On May 1, 1933, in the depths of the Great Depression, The Catholic Worker newspaper made its debut with a first issue of twenty-five hundred copies. Dorothy Day and a few others hawked the paper in Union Square for a penny a copy (still the price) to passersby.

The Catholic Worker Movement is grounded in a firm belief in the God-given dignity of every human person.

Today 227 Catholic Worker communities remain committed to nonviolence, voluntary poverty, prayer, and hospitality for the homeless, exiled, hungry, and foresaken. Catholic Workers continue to protest injustice, war, racism, and violence of all forms.

Explore the life and writings of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin as well as sample contemporary Catholic Worker thought and action.

Dorothy Day’s writings are now available on a companion website—the Dorothy Day Collection at .

Included are all 721 of her articles from The Catholic Worker newspaper and four books to browse, search, and download. In addition, there are groupings of articles by certain themes available as a PDF or ePub booklet.

The Dorothy Day Collection is formatted to read equally well on a computer screen, tablet, or smart phone.

What's New?
Wednesday May 27, 2015

Dancing With Dorothy Day Video
Seattle Liturgical Dancer, Betsey Beckman did a dance video to Dorothy Day's words with Bill Bichsel, SJand the Tacoma Catholic Worker Community and supporters. "Bix" recently passed away.

Looking for Witnesses
Do you have firsthand knowledge of Dorothy Day's life or know someone who does? If so, Contact the Dorothy Day Guild.

The Catholic Worker Movement in 2014
Rosalie Riegle, Catholic Worker scholar and activist, offers an appreciation of her involvement in the Movement.

Timeline of Significant Events in Dorothy Day's Life (pdf)
Events within Day’s personal life are listed as parallel events alongside noteworthy events within the Catholic Worker Community, for the Roman Catholic Church, as well as in the U.S. and around the world.

The Catholic Worker Movement: Intellectual and Spiritual Origins now in Spanish
Mark and Louise Zwick's is now available in Spanish. Go to their website at http:// to obtain a copy.

The Life of Dorothy Day (video)
A PBS video on the life of Dorothy Day featuring interviews with those who knew her and the ongoing work of the Catholic Worker Movement.

Three Videos About Dorothy Day

The videos feature interviews with Tom Cornell, Robert Ellsberg, and Martha Hennessy, Dorothy Day’s granddaughter.

Sainthood Cause for Dorothy Day (4 min)

Who is Dorothy Day? (5 min)

Dorothy Day's Unpopular Stance (5 min)

"Saint Dorothy?" An excerpt from Jim Forest's biography of Dorothy Day
An excerpt from All Is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day by Jim Forest.

For questions and feedback write to Jim Allaire. (Have you checked FAQ first?)

This site is the collaborative effort of many people affiliated with the Catholic Worker Movement: Workers, scholars, archivists, writers, and editors. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome. Write to Jim Allaire.

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