Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day ( born November 8, 1897 in Brooklyn, New York, † November 29, 1980 in New York) was an American social activist and journalist.

Three years after her death, her beatification has been proposed. In 2000, Pope John Paul II authorized the Archdiocese of New York to open the beatification process.

Life and work

Dorothy Day was born as the daughter of a sports reporter. She graduated at age 16 at the Robert Waller High School and won a scholarship to the University of Illinois, where she was a member of the Socialist Party of America. She was a journalist who wrote for left leaves. In California, she joined the Communist Party of the United States and was one of the pioneers of the party in the state. Until 1927 she was a radical follower of Communism and later became a representative of a Christian anarchism, as they converted to Catholicism in 1928. They, together with Peter Maurin founded the Catholic Worker movement.

As dedicated women's rights activist and pacifist, she was imprisoned several times because they could not agree with their conscience and their faith political developments. She was most recently in 1973 - at the age of 75 years - in prison because they had participated in an illegal picket line in order to support Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in California.

Dorothy Day is the author of numerous books, founder of St. Joseph's House of Hospitality and the newspaper The Catholic Worker in New York. In her biography headwind Dorothee Sölle devotes a separate chapter. Day was the sister of Eastern Europe reporter Donald Day, who reported 1921-1942 for the Chicago Tribune from Riga.



  • From Union Square to Rome. Preservation of Faith Press, 1938.
  • The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of Dorothy Day. Harper & Row, 1952; Harper San Francisco, 1997.
  • Thérèse. Fides, 1960; Temple Gate, 1979.
  • Dorothy Day: Selected Writings. Orbis Books, 1992.
  • Loaves and Fishes. Harper & Row, 1963; Orbis, 1997.