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Opinions about the canonization process

Here are the answers we received to the question "Should Dorothy Day's canonization process go forward all the way to Sainthood?".

(Omitted are seventeen answers that simply said "Yes." No one just answered "No".)

I have been pondering this issue for a couple of years and am convinced that Dorothy Day should be considered for sainthood. The issues are complex--political, ecclesiastical, ecumenical--but what can a person do when Dorothy Day continues to point me to a deeper Christian life and deeper faith. She is a holy witness for me. I am convinced that societal change occurs through those who are saints. Only a revolution by saints can avoid the many -ism and -ology problems of our age.

Jim Allaire
Winona, Minnesota

Of course, but all those who love her must be prepared for zillions of inaccuracies. Case in point: what she is quoted by those who knew her as saying is, "Don't make me a saint. I don't want to be dismissed that easily." According to Joe Zarrella, her long-time friend, the quote is more a comment on what we do to canonized saints than on the idea of sainthood itself. That said, I think the official announcement by Bishop Fiorenza makes her a "coming homse" saint, a saint of forgiveness. Sounds good to me--the right and the left and even we Catholic Workers can agree that forgiveness is the saving grace of Christ.

Rosalie G. Riegle
Mustard Seed Catholic Worker of Saginaw, Michigan

The calendar of saints is the way the Church passes on to future generations and to people in other cultures the memory of those who in a remarkable way make Christ more visible. Dorothy Day is such a person, a Saint Francis of the 20th century. It is often pointed out that she objected to being thought of as a saint. She knew her faults well and regarded them as immense. But she also knew we are all called to be saints (this Pauline text was once used as a banner headline on the front page of The Catholic Worker) and never ceased struggling to respond to that call. I would like to live long enough to be in Rome the day she's formally added to the calendar.

Jim Forest
Alkmaar, The Netherlands

Even though she may not have wanted it, I do think that her cause should go all the way. She is a wonderful example of living the gospel message and an inspiration to regular men and women. She knew what it was to suffer for her beliefs. She was converted and reconciled. She saw Jesus in the faces of all whom she met and served. What better example of sainthood could there possibly be.

Midlothian, Illinois

She followed the message of Christ; she is a saint enough for me.


I definitely think and pray that the process of cannonization go forward in regard to Dorothy Day. As a lay person, woman, active in her local church but with a questioning mind, I have loved what she stood for and much more what she did with her life. She is a saint whether the church eventually gets around to recognizing it or not. Her work with the poor is one of the reasons that I worked at St. John's soup kitchen in Newark, N.J. for more than 17 years.

Theresa Wisolmerski
Morris Plains, N.J.

Am not a Catholic so I can't say she should be a saint. But as one who saw her and Eamon Hennessey and the volunteers on Chrystie Street (I can still smell the place, especially the pot of soup on the stove) and heard them talk on Friday nights, and read their newspapers from time to time, I can only say "What took you guys so long?" As to her reluctance to be called a saint, I can only see in that true humility without phoney humility.As to miracles, I remember her speaking about the miracle of keeping that place going day to day, her unwavering faith that it would be so. Is she a worthy role model for any time? I think Christ would have warmly approved - she was just doing what he did.


I think she is one of best possible role models for Catholics in the modern era - and isn't that what sainthood is all about?

Bill Hobbs
Houston, TX

Dorothy is definitely a saint of our times--much needed as a "model" of radical orthodoxy wedded to radical orthopraxy. And this will ensure, too, that her memory will be vital in the Church of God--to the glory of the Triune God whom she loved so passionately.

Gerard Serafin
Baltimore MD

Absolutely! First of all, she's the medicine many modern women need--those of us who were fooled and sinned so deeply, just as she did. And even though the church doesn't say so, Christ needs these women back. And also, the energy that communism gave the world--Christ needs it, too. The defeat of the Soviet empire wasn't all good for the world. As John Paul pointed out, the cure for communism may be worse than the disease. There was much good that the love of the poor as defended by the communists gave the world, and the Dorothy Day's--today's Dorothy Day's--can get it back. We need it!

Janet Baker

Yes. I appreciate her concerns about Sainthood, but what saint's life hasn't been dismissed as an impossible example. Her recognition of that problem demonstrates her wisdom. When people ask me for an example of a saint, modern or otherwise, I always recall Dorothy Day.

Scott Olson
Marysville, WA

When I look at her life I see what radical fidelity and love look like in the life of an ordinary woman of the church - this gives me great hope and encouragement and I say, "Yes". Strangely enough, I find myself getting "hung up" on the process of canonization which seems so far removed from the witness of this life of hers. I guess I'm thinking about the miracles that will have to happen...that I have heard it takes a lot of money to verify, as well as this whole process. In thinking about money and miracles in the same sentence, I find myself wishing that these "official miracles" could be about justice and peace and reconciliation and food for all - wouldn't it be a miracle if through her prayer for our world today we ceased the Cuban embargo or forgave all nation's debt during the jubilee year or Gov. Bush, and all governors, declared a moratorium on the death penalty, or for instance, that through Katherine Drexel's prayer racial hatred and killing here in NYC would CEASE? I think these would be real miracles and that Dorothy Day wouldn't mind at all being associated with these miracles! O also long for us to hold up and acknowledge the holineness and radical faith of women in our church who may not be nuns, virgins or martyrs.

Donna Conroy

Yes, it should. I realize that she spoke against this in her lifetime; however, the Church desperately needs the power of her witness. She did not want to be a "saint" -- falsely defined in the popular imagination as someone other than we, distant from our problems and needs, more easily able to be holy. Well, you'd have to be ill to want that. But she IS a Saint; a servant who has received the praise, "Well Done!" resting in the glory of God, interceding for us. It will serve the Church to make that known.

Gainesville, FL, USA

The Oklahoma City Catholic Workers strongly support the canonization of Dorothy Day. She was truly a Servant of God, and the Church needs the witness of this great saint.

Robert Waldrop
Oklahoma City

If not Dorothy Day, whom?

Toledo, Ohio

Canonizing her would certainly demonstrate the universal call to holiness. Not everyone is called to be a bishop, priest or nun - yet so many official saints fall into those categories. Holiness can be achieved in many ways, and by many different people. Dorothy Day is a great example of somewone who strove for a genuine holiness in her own unique state in life. We need for single lay people canonized to illustrate that holiness is for everyone!

Bro. Anthony, O.S.F.
Fargo, ND

I certainly hope so! Dorothy's reference to her being called a saint (Don't dismiss me so readily) or something to that effect was more than likely made as an act of humility and was not, in my opinion, something she would ever promote or even hope for herself. Further, and most important: As a saint, her pacifist writings and sincere beliefs in the regard to nonviolence is not only a gift to us all but will hopefully a gift to the ages forever. That, to me is the best reason to continue the quest for her sainthood...of course, she is already a saint but to have her officially treated as a person to be emulated by all in the church and everywhere would be a great legacy.

Tim Musser
Cleveland, Ohio

I don't know very much about the Catholic Churchs sainthood process but Dorothy Day has been the central spiritual inspiration for me for nearly thirty years. I read her Long Lonliness as a teenager, visited the CW farm in NY, worked for a CW kitchen in Oregon and have continued working in areas consistent with her concern for the poor all my life. While I don't know what Sainthood means to the church, I know what it means to me personally and Day is a Saint for me. I even had an icon picture of her on my office wall for years.

John Bell
Durham, NC

Of course...It little matters whether or not dorothy day is Officially canonized,for it would take most of the varnish in the states to make her message palatable to the powerful,to the principalities...She is already dorothy Day of the Bowery,saint of the unwashed,the unwanted..what more could be added

Patrick Hogan
New York

I completely understand Dorothy Day's statement about not making her a saint, and agree. On the other hand, If the pope is going to canonize Pius XII, we desperately need a St. Dorothy Day to insure the integrity of the process.

Ted DeLaney
Lexington, VA

Yes! In today's consumer-oriented society, we need her example. We've forgotten how to love both God and our neighbor. Dorothy knew how to do both well! We need to imitate her to find the road to sainthood. Her life shkows the difference between a life lived for self (her early life), and a life lived for God (her later life). Unfortunately our society extols the former and neglects the latter.

Meredith Young
Roswell, ga.

Definitely. I'm one of the youngest people who worked with Dorothy when she was at the top of her form, and I'm 66 tomorrow. 25 years from now who will remember her?

Tom Cornell

Yes--in order to make her better known. No--because the process runs counter to her mission. The expense involved is considerable and Dorothy would want that money to go to the poor.


Yes. The Catholic Church often has chosen a particular person for canonization because their virtues, their way of life is particularly needed as a model for the times. Our American church, which is in danger of becoming increasingly a church of the upper middle classes and the rich, needs to be shown Dorothy's way of following Christ.

Pat Wilson
Marietta, Georgia

I know this is an issue that has caused much debate among Catholics and those in the Peace Movement. While Dorothy would be very resistant this whole cause, I believe she should be canonized. Her pacifism, dedication to voluntary poverty and community, and her writings have made her a model for all humanity to admire and follow - especially in a world that is victim to violence, materialism, and spiritual "pablum". For those who think that sainthood will "sanitize" Dorothy's legacy, well, it's up to us to make sure that Dorothy is not sanitized in the eyes of the Church, that she will always be seen as a RADICAL practicioner of the Gospel.

Marty Kearney
Scranton, PA

I believe that it should. She is a model that all can follow. All can and are called to practice the Corporal Works of Mercy. What a fine example in our modern age. I love her warts and all. Richard Dailey

Richard Dailey
Kalamazoo Mi

Yes-because it will make her better known. No- because(as has been mentionned numerous times) the process is not worthy of Day and her mission. She would want all the high expenses of the process to go to the poor instead of her cononization.


Yes. She makes sainthood seem more attainable to ordinary people. She is human and real. Her canonisation would be an inspiration and hope for American Catholics.

Pensacola, Florida, USA

Bravo!!! I firmly believe that Dorothy Day should be cannonized. She is the perfect example of conversion and true faith!!!

Mansfield PA

By all means! Dorothy should be recognized for what she truly IS! She already is a saint. At least I believe that about her! This is not a popularity contest! Hopefully her canonization, which is nothing more than a recognition of what is already believed about her by the faithful (and hopefully by a few Catholic Workers who honor Dorothy's Catholic witness to Christ), instead of reminding us of all the rhetoric about "just how she never would have wanted such a thing," etc, should send us all a clear signal that what she did, through her conversion to Christ, and her simple work here on earth, we ALL must do as Catholics, as Christians all! I am all for holding up Dorothy's good example to the whole world. What she did for the poor and vulnerable, she merely did through the grace of God. She said "Yes" to the call. She was a devout woman of conviction! And I honor her, and all the saints for that! Requiescat in Pace, Dorothy. Pray for us.

John A.

It would be good for us to recognize this saint and to have her "officially" presented as an example or model. Of course she already is both to many of us. The idea of a Dorothy Day Guild was mentioned by Cardinal O'Connor. Does anyone have more information?

Joe Reichert
St. Anthony Parish, Oakley, CA

Whether or not the Vatican declares Dorothy Day a Saint (capital S) is immaterial. Dorothy lived an exemplary life of spiritual struggle, she never gave up, continued to strive for justice and righteousness in her own life and to bring God's powerful reign to earth. Thus, she is a saint (small s), as is Martin Luther King Jr, who will never be recognized as such because he's not Roman Catholic. Sainthood is a very political process, and Dorothy Day was a very political person. As a lover of the poor and vulnerable, Day practiced the preferential option for the poor, which means that she imitated God and Jesus. The fact that she loved is all the miracle we need as proof of her saintliness. She was a true imitator of God (imitatio Dei). She lived the difficult ethics of the Sermon on the Mount. She passes the test of the parable of justice in Matt 25:31-46, and she clearly knew God in the way the prophets indicate (Jer 22:15-16 by dispensing justice to the weak and the poor, it went well... Is this not to know me?). Like Dr. King, Dorothy Day tried to live her life in such a way to fulfill the prophet Amos' call: Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream." She spent a good deal of time in jail in an attempt to "let justice prevail at the gates" (Amos 5:15).

V. Skemp
St. Paul, MN

I've heard a lot of Americans say that we shouldn't sugar-coat Dorothy Day with canonization. However, I think that this is not the case. The figure of Dorothy Day would be just as prophetic, for the beatification process is about looking at the "heroic virtue" of a "servant of God," and not about miracles or flawless lives, or cult. I think that in the case of Dorothy Day, as we see in the case of many Italian founders of communities and movements (e.g. Don Bosco), the beatification process would bring into higher relief that the way of life that she fostered through her activism and through Catholic Worker, would be promoted as a truly evangelical lifestyle. Finally, we need to see laity as saints in this post Vatican II era when we speak of the "universal call to Holiness" and "wanting peace by working for justice."

Joe Boenzi

I am reading for the second time "The Long Loneliness" by Dorothy Day. I believe the life she led after she became a Catholic was a Holy life and that she lived God's Will in every way. I would vote for her to have the title of Saint.

Ruby Sauls
Huntsville, AL 35898

She is certainly a saint already.


I'm not sure Dorothy Day would want to be a "saint." In the same vein, I'm not sure Thomas Merton would want to be considered a "saint." Sometimes, it seems, when one "becomes" a saint, it puts one out of the world. And these earthly saints may not need the mumbojumbo of the institutional church to give the official OK. On the other hand, more people might be opened up to Dorothy Day's life and works via "official" sainthood.

Mary Puccinelli
Rolling Meadows, IL

Yes for sure! The infamous quote "I wouldn't want to dismissed that easily" has been taken out of context, and was not meant to mean what one would think. Dorothy Day was not opposed to the concept of saints and was OBEDIENT to the teachings of the church, and loved the church. There seems to be this need for some to classify DD as some rebel of the church-she wasn't=she challenged some wimpy bishops and priests and challenged the church because in some ways it wasn't livng up to what it was called to be. But she never said "be liberal", the bottom line is she accepted her calling to live the gospel, took vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and once she said "yes', she lived the faith.


Yes I think that she is one of the few people who did not mind what any one thinks, as long as she knows that what she is doing is right. She should be a saint for what she did really shaped the world into becoming a better place for the unpriveleged.


she doesn't have to be proclaimed a saint because through the people's eyes, she is already a saint.. :)


I strongly believe so. Dorothy's remarks about sainthood(don't make a saint out of me) don't reflect a formal theological statement about saints, rather they reflect her humility. Dorothy obviously believed in the Catholic cult of the saints. If that most humble of saints, Saint Therese, theologian of the little way, can be raised to the alters and celebrated and venerated in a beutiful reliquary, then Dorothy patron of the poor of spirit should be too. Dorothy herself would submit to the judgement of the Church. If the Church judges her to be a saint then we should also submit. And regarding the spending of money remember Judas: "Why was this ointment not sold and the money given to the poor?"

Conrad Annee
Washington, DC

I support the efforts to cannonize Dorothy Day. My parents, Jim and Eileen Allen, of Tucson, Arizona, were greatly influenced by Dorothy Day when they met her in Chicago in the late 1940's. We were lucky enough to have her stay at our big, rambling adobe home on the occasions that she visited Tucson in the 50's, 60's, and 70's. I remember that Dorothy was with us when my Grandfather died in 1965. She gathered us (10 children in all) together and spoke to us about death and about life. My oldest sister was pregnant with her first child and she likened our grandfather's death to the birth of Betsy's child: They were both beginnings of great and wonderful journeys, journeys that would bring us closer to God, closer to the truth of God's love. Only 10 years old at the time, Dorothy helped me to understand and embrace my grandfather's death as no one could have. She helped me to understand that there are no dead ends, there are only new beginnings. I could go on and on about her insight and influence on all of our lives, but to this day I will always attribute to Dorothy my strong faith in God and my strong belief that there is hope in life in death, in sorrow, and in pain. She modeled unswerving faith and incredible patience for all of us Allen children. I thank the Lord for her presence in my life.

Patricia Allen-LaFleur
Chino Valley Arizona

Dorothy Day was one of the greatest pacifists of the 20th century. The efforts and sacrifices that she made to help the poor and unfortunate were saintly, and need to be recognized by the Church.

Nick LaFleur
Chino Valley

I am challenged and inspired by Miss Day's vision and charism to serve Jesus in the poor. I think about what she said about her possible sainthood--"You can't get off that easy." I think Thomas Merton would share those sentiments. I wonder what Dorothy would think about efforts on the part of the CW Movement in regards to the genocide occurring, pretty much unopposed, in abortion clinics accross this land. I believe she called abortion "genocide"(?). Aren't unborn children the poorest of the poor? Aren't they an oppressed minority? Sorry to get off the subject. I appreciate all the CW is doing, but would certainly appreciate a response on your stance on the abortion debacle. MH

Michael Henry
Columbus, OH, USA

The Church would simply be acknowledging the Truth, that God manifested his Mighty Acts in the person, the outward and visible living sign of Dorothy Day, a Sinner among sinners, a holy one among the holy Poor in the Spirit of God. The Church can only speak the Truth that Dorothy Day was a Mira (see! see!) Call!, a miracle. Not because of her good works, but because of what God did in her, in her sins and in her good works, All redeemed in and through the praise of God by the Church for her Life. Of course she is a saint, and even Dorothy would admit that her life was not hers to own, but belonged to God for the manifestation of His/Her/Its Glory. Her Glory is not hers; it is a gift to the Church and to the World from God! In my opinion of faith. Dorothy, pray for us all!

Joel Watson

By all means, her candidacy must move forward. She is an example for us all. And she is more so than certain candidates recently put forward.

Lawrence Sather
Edwardsville, IL 62025

I am very much in favor of making Dorothy Day a saint. Four different times in my life I was able to meet her personally. I found her to be a very inspiring person.

James Taylor

The Poor and Poverty. The foremost reason for canonizing Dorothy Day is what she and the Catholic Worker show us about the poor, namely, two mysteries. First, the mystery of the poor: Take Matthew 25 literally, as Dorothy did, and you see the poor are Jesus—he shows himself in the poor around us and in their lifelong crucifixion; what you do for them, you do for him (people like Dorothy and Mother Theresa were not trying to do good, they were trying to see the face of Christ in those around them). How do we see this? By acts of faith, hope, and love, constantly repeated. The way to reach people is by the works of mercy carried on at personal sacrifice, to solve social problems. Second, the mystery of poverty, in particular voluntary poverty—the choosing of poverty as a vocation. Through true personal sacrifice and participation, by giving ourselves—not just our charity—we make ourselves poor by giving to others, and thus we increase our knowledge of and belief in love. The love for the poor—those who have less or nothing—means not “us for them” but “us with them,” breaking down barriers and inequities between people. Dorothy argued that we start by loving the poor for Jesus, but we soon love them for themselves and see each one as special. Poverty, voluntary or otherwise, is not just a hardship but a joy, a profound freedom. Personal sacrifice is essential. As Peter Maurin pointed out, we have parish houses for the priest, for educational and recreational purposes, but no parish houses of hospitality. The poor are the first children of the church, so the poor should come first. In writing of Peter, Dorothy rephrased this notion: “It is no use turning people away to an agency, to the city or the state or the Catholic Charities. It is you yourself who must perform the works of mercy. Often you can only give the price of a meal, or a bed . . . . Often you can only hope that it will be spent for that. Often you can literally take off a garment if it only be a scarf and warm some shivering brother. But personally, at a personal sacrifice, these were the ways, Peter used to insist, to combat the growing tendency on the part of the state to take the job which our Lord Himself gave us to do.” This personal involvement grows out of a Christian personal revolution that Dorothy wanted to begin with herself and whose first consequence would be the obliteration of all stereotypes, not just about the poor, but about the races as well. Dorothy’s life also illustrated the difference between charity and hospitality and how crucial parts of hospitality are listening and providing and having a home. In houses of hospitality people were guests, not clients, and for both Workers and guests the Catholic Worker was like home, and was a home for many. On another level, Dorothy also condemned the whole rotten system—the scandalous maldistribution of resources—that produces deprivation and misery. She tried to recast our awareness of the poverty line, moving marginality to the center; she worked the margins and thereby tried to move the margins to the center. She tried to change the image of the poor: The poor have a right to eat and have shelter—to live as the rest of us do, to have what the rest of us have. She represented the claims of the dispossessed for their right to life. The kingdom Dorothy sought could also fulfill the radical vision, the one for the dispossessed; it was not the bourgeois, middle-class heaven. Spiritual Master. Dorothy was not only loyal to the gospel, but loyal to the church and its authority to minister and teach. She saw all Catholics united in the sacraments and the Body of Christ. For her the sacraments were grounded in the gospel, and she embodied the liturgical movement’s task of making liturgy and justice transparent to each other. Her life and writing—and for her, writing was a powerful act—also reveal Dorothy as a spiritual master, someone deeply acquainted with scripture and the Catholic spiritual tradition—with the whole “Catholic thing.” She had a transcendent vision and the ability to seize on every aspect of Catholic affirmation to enlarge her faith, and indeed the story of her incredible faith in God and the church is one of great ones of the last century. With her ability to communicate through action and writing the simplicity of the gospel and how to practice the works of mercy and ground one’s life in radical fidelity to the gospel, she may be as much a doctor of the church as a saint. The Ongoing Influence of Her Sanctity. Dorothy definitely had a charism: Knowing Dorothy personally—or learning of her after her death—shook people to their foundations, and she has a way of getting into people’s consciousness. She has an ongoing presence among those who knew her, who still have a quite palpable love and respect for her, and beyond among those who never met her. As for those who were attracted to the Worker, it amazes me how deeply faithful they are, especially in the sense of interweaving faith, life, and the church (in general Workers are deeply devout, which will always protect them from their detractors). They have a distinct Christian maturity about them, are humble but not timid, and have maintained a progressive community and network of support over many years. They are living links, they inspire us to follow Dorothy and her work, and we need them. Her Prophetic Vision. What impressed me as I gathered together these thoughts was how much Dorothy both participated in and anticipated major movements in 20th-century Catholicism, especially the principles this papacy is emphasizing. She was a pacifist and a proponent of peace—indeed, some think Dorothy’s greatest gift was her contribution to the peace movement; Dorothy and many other Catholic Workers have been people of deep compassion and peacefulness who have spent their lives trying to understand what love is. She believed in and practiced nonviolent direct social action and faith-based opposition to injustice. She also advocated the sanctity of work; drew on the personalist philosophical tradition; believed in subsidiarity and keeping services local—not relying on institutions or the big shots—and in solidarity; and tried to find the choice between communism and industrial capitalism. Catholic Worker spoke to the rural-urban relationship so much a part of today’s issues of urban development and rural crisis; in some ways Catholic Worker prefigured Basic Christian Community; and Dorothy was a great devotee of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and the Little Way, so promoted by the church today. In addition, Vatican II did not rock the Worker as it did other groups such as the Young Christian Workers because in many ways Dorothy’s leadership had prepared them for it. Pursuing the Cause. I think we need to take Dorothy’s demurring attitude toward her own sainthood seriously: Her desire not to be “dismissed so easily” is not an argument against her sainthood—that she was a saint in the fullest sense is self-evident to anyone—but a clue as to the kind of saint she is. Clearly, Dorothy’s power and presence continue, although in a complex way (just as her earthly life was complex). The task is to see her as she was, not to “dismiss” her, put her on a pedestal, or reduce her complexities. She herself opened the door to the consideration of her own sainthood, if indirectly: “We are put here to become saints. Every life should be dedicated to him. . . . God has invited us to a union with himself. We must combat the idea that only a few are called to sanctity. We are all called to be saints. God expects something from each of us that no one else can do.” “We can do nothing today without saints, big ones and little ones.” I also think it would be a means to addressing the concern about making Dorothy a plaster saint if the cause also emphasizes how canonizing Dorothy stretches the envelope of sainthood, how looking at her as a saint and the Worker as sainted activity lifts up her values as values for the whole church and the world. Dorothy belongs to the church, and in a sense she is not the issue—the church is the issue. Given her complex life and the fact that much of it took place in the information age, such that we know more about her than many past saints, the cause should not shy away from Dorothy’s as a “messy” sanctity and maybe even a healthier way of looking at saints—in their full humanity rather than partial pious details. Making Dorothy a pro-life saint would reduce her to one-dimensionality and focus on something that was not central to her life and work. If the pro-life angle, important as it is, provides an entrée into introducing people to the whole of Dorothy’s life, let’s not stifle it; at the same time let’s not coopt Dorothy’s memory for the pro-life movement; she could not abide her life in others’ hands. Dorothy clearly had a reverence for life in the widest meaning of this phrase. She resolutely upheld the church’s teaching on divorce, birth control, and abortion. At the same time she did not strictly play the role of the reformed sinner but amended her life by affirming life as part of the mystery of creation.

Joel Schorn
Chicago, IL

All of us who have been touched by Dorothy's courageous life already know that she is a saint. The official canonization process would only go against Dorothy's wishes and serve to make her actions irrelevant

John Serop Simonian
Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

I believe thet Dorothy Day's cannonization should go forward. She lived according to the precepts of the gospel, something that is very difficult to do in the current world.


what about peter? this is like talking about clare without francis, scholastica without benedict . . . together, the worker was founded

Mike Sersch
Winona Catholic Worker

My own personal involvement with the Catholic Worker Movement,happened by accident/fate, beginning back(approximately)in the year 1984. Prior to my involvement with the Catholic Worker (Casa Maria House,in Milwaukee), I had never heard the name Dorthy Day. Even for quite some time after my steady volunteer-involvement with the the Catholic Worker, I had no knowledge of who Dorthy Day was as a person. I remember hearing the name 'Dorthy Day' bantered about Casa Maria House and hear people quoting her and wonder to myself and outloud, "Who is this Dorthy Day person that people keep on talking about?" On the other hand, I am aware that for some people the life of Dorthy Day has been an intimate and direct inspiration. I have met some people for whom, after reading or hearing about the life of Dorthy Day, made a conscious decision to become involved with the plight of the homeless, the Catholic Worker Movement or some similar cause. My point is that public knowledge regarding the life of Dorthy Day (i.e. word-of-mouth stories, books, articles, movies, posters, works of arts etc.), has been of direct influence, inspiration and significance to some of us more so than others. I believe the same will be true should Dorthy Day ever be canonized as a saint- there will be those who will draw inspiration from reading or hearing of it; for others, the direct inspiration and influence of such public recognition as sainthood will be of little or no necessity.


I am appalled. How could any brother/sister in the Catholic Worker movement be opposed to the (potential) canonization of Dorthy Day by the Catholic Church?


She has been able to integrate the call of the modern times in the full context and influence of Gospel values as a faithful and active daughter of the Church. Her life incurrs all the qualities of heroic virtue because she loved God by preserving the unbreakable union of Christ Himslef with the oppressed, the poor and the unwanted in her society.

Manila, Philippines

Oh yes. She should be become a saint at the minimum. Ms Day when she lived at the Catholic Worker Farm here in Tivoli gave the world an example of what needs to be done. MOST IMPORTANTLY HERE IDEAS AND VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THE CATHOLIC WORKER MUST CONTINUE!

Tom Siblo
Kingston, NY

My fear is that in death as it did in her life, the church will marginalize and trivialize this very strong and complex person.

Jim Kalafus
Ann Arbor, Mi

Never mind that you are ignoring Dorothy Day's wishes not to be made a saint...the Vatican will never consent to the Sainthood of Dorothy Day because of the issue of her abortion. The Institutional Church has a long way to go in changing it's intolerant attitude of people.


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