Number of pages: 128
Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1897, Dorothy Day grew up in a “solid, patriotic, and middle class” family. She would go on to work on several newspapers, picket for women’s suffrage and found the Catholic Worker movement with street philosopher Peter Maurin.
By any measure, Dorothy Day lived a fascinating life. She was a journalist, single mother, convert, activist and passionate Catholic. Dorothy Day lived among the poor as one of them, challenging both the state and the Church to build a better world for all people. Immersed in a life that combined prayer and action, she was put in jail many times for protesting against war, injustice and poverty.
In Dorothy Day, Patrick Jordan, who knew her personally, communicates some of Dorothy’s captivating life.
Part of the People of God series, which explores the lives of Christians who have known familiar challenges and weakness and responded in ways that call us to our own forms of heroism.
Patrick Jordan is the former managing editor of The Catholic Worker and an editor at Commonweal magazine up until 2012. He is the editor of Dorothy Day: Writings from Commonweal and the co-editor of Commonweal Confronts the Century, and serves on the advisory board of the Dorothy Day Guild.