October / November 2005

The  October/November 2005 issue of the Catholic Worker was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the death of Dorothy Day on November 29, 1980 and featured the following articles:

  • On Pilgrimage by Dorothy Day – A reprint of Dorothy Day’s December 1969 column. She covers people and speaking enagements she had in the prior month. 
  • At Home in the Heart of God by Anne Marie Kaune – A reminisance of Dorothy Day by a worker who knew her in the early 1970s.
  • The Angels in the Kitchen by Kathleen DeSutter Jordan – A reminisance of Dorothy Day by a worker who knew her in the 1970s.
  • Maryhouse by Amanda W. Daloisio – I usually do not summarize this recurring section because it is a random collection of notes, visitors, etc. This month’s Maryhouse reflects on the value and dignity of work, especially in the sense of living in a Catholic Worker House.
  • True Thoughts by Mike True – A short letter praising the life of Dorothy Day and comparing her to John Henry Newman.
  • Freedom to Be and Become by Michael Scahill – Remembrance of Dorothy Day by a worker who was criticized for writing an article in the Catholic Worker that questioned movement’s commitment to nonviolence. Article stresses Dorothy Day’s tolerance of and encouragement of different viewpoints.
  • Hospitality and Labor by Elizabeth Peterson – Rememberance of Dorothy Day by a woman who was shown kindess by Dorothy Day during the early 1950s. Also provides a great example what being truly pro-life is all about – taking care of a family!
  • Gratitude for Each Other by Martha Hennessy – Dorothy Day is remembered by her granddaughter. She stressed Dortothy Day’s concern for community.
  • Book Review – Peter Maurin: Apostle to the World. By Dorothy Day with Francis J. Sicius. Reviewed by Bob Gilliam –  Favorable review of a 1947 Dortothy Day manuscript with additional modern connecting and framing narrative from Francis Sicius.
  • Book Review – Smallest Witnesses: The Crisis in Darfur Through Children’s Eyes. Reviewed by Padraic O’Neil  –  Favorable review of a collection of children’s drawings that “capture the system violence against civilians” occuring in Sudan’s Darfur region. Drawings are notable for their portaryal of Sudanese gov’t military equipment such as Kalashnikovs, military helicopters, MiGs and tanks.  Yahoo results for book title.
  • In Memory of Roger LaPorte by Tom Cornell – Recounting of the 1965 self-immolation of anti-war activist Roger LaPorte. Article discusses the leadup to the incident and mourning of the local worker community. Article makes it very clear that setting oneself on fire is not an acceptable method of protest, while having compassion for disturbed individuals. 


As far as I know, the text and woodcut graphics of the Catholic Worker are not available on-line. If you would like the full text of an article that I mention here, I have two suggestions:

1) Try to borrow the article through Interlibrary Loan.

2) Contact the archivist for the CW at Marquette University:

Phil Runkel
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Raynor Memorial Libraries
Marquette University
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave, PO Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141

3) Try contacting the Catholic Worker directly. They MAY be willing to send you the article, though I don’t know if they have morgue files. It seems likely they do, since they often reprint Dorothy Day articles. Contact information for Catholic Worker appears in the “subscribe” section below.

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