Archive for July, 2007

May 2007

July 15, 2007

The May 2007 issue of the Catholic Worker featured the following articles:

  • Nina Poycn Moore, 1914-2007 by Patrick Jordan – Obituary of “one of the longest associated members of the Catholic Worker family” who died February 10, 2007 at the age of 92. One-Time owner of the St. Benet Bookshop in Chicago. Described herself as a “merchant princess and trafficker in crucifixes.” The May 2007 issue features related articles from Rosalie Riegle and Ed Turner.
  • Our Founder, Peter Maurin by Dorothy Day – Reprint from May 1951 issue praising Peter Maurin, especially for his habit of finding areas of agreement with those he strongly differed from. Also contains reflections of what a strong commitment to Christianity really entails.
  • US Ignores Refugees’ Plight by Cathy Breen – Letters from Jordan illustrating the problems of the millions of Iraqis forced from their homes and criticizes the United States for a lack of attention and resources towards a problem largely of our own creation.
  • New York Catholic Worker by Editors – Roundup of news and visitors from the New York Catholic Worker Houses – St. Joseph House, Maryhouse and Peter Maurin Farm.
  • Aims and Means of the Catholic Worker by Editors – A yearly reprint, available online, of what the Catholic Worker movement believes in, including societal transformation based on personalism, a decentralized society and a “green revolution” that puts people closer to their food.
  • Clare Danielsson, 1935-2007 by Tom Cornell – Obituary of Boughton Place cofounder and director who died February 8, 2007 at age 71.
  • Veterans’ Crisis by Bill Griffin – Criticism of the Bush Administration’s decision to remove 16,000+ veterans off the nonmortal wounding list on the basis they did not require medivacing. Suggests this was done as effort to hide true cost of war. Author shares information on lack of government resources for returning vets and speaks approvingly of Veterans for America, 1025 Vermont Ave NW, Washington DC 20005, Phone 202-557-7590. Letters should be sent to the attention of Pam Chadwick or Adrienne Willis.
  • Left Forum in New York City by Bill Griffin – Highlights of the March “Left Forum 2007 — Forging a Radical Political Future” held in New York at the Cooper Union. Speakers cited as outstanding by the author were Henry Cox, Gary Dorrien, Frances Fox Piven and Mindy Thompson Fullilove.
  • “Mary Help” Remembered by Janet Bonica – A woman baptized in New York’s Mary Help of Christians (MHC) church reflects on her parish and its history on the eve of its closure. The author notes that Dorothy Day was a regular worshipper at MHC and says parishioners wonder whether “soaring real estate values and development of the East Village” contributed the Archdiocese’s decision to close MHC.
  • Conversions and Conscience by Michael True – Author compares and contrasts the lives of John Henry Newman and Dorothy Day. Commends study of John Henry Newman to young Catholics.

This issue of the Catholic Worker featured a number of books and other items available at a number of the world’s libraries. I’ve created a list of these items at




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 three 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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Books and More in May 2007 CW

July 10, 2007

Hi All,

Today I received the May 2007 issue of the Catholic Worker and I hope to post the digest in the next week or so.

While you’re waiting, let me introduce a new CW-related feature. Starting with this issue, I’m creating WorldCat lists of books, journals, films and other library type materials mentioned in the Catholic Worker. You can think of WorldCat as a computerized card catalog for most of the world’s libraries. There are exceptions, but it’s a discussion only librarians would want to have.

This issue’s list can be found at

So, what can you do with this list? Several things:

1) You can see if a library near you owns the book. For example, go to the list and click on “The war at home : the domestic costs of Bush’s militarism” Scroll down and you’ll see a list of libraries that hold the item. In my case none of the libraries are in my home town. But that’s no problem as we move to the second thing you can do…

2) You can use the information about an item to request an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) from your local library. Most libraries borrow stuff they don’t have from other libraries. Usually, but not always this service is free to you even though it costs the library money. Click on a title, and print off the page and take it to your local library and they will help you complete an ILL request. If you are reading this from a college or special library, you might be able to make this ILL request at the computer. Just look for a button on the screen that says “get this item” or “ILL”.

3) You can find related materials if a book or video excites you. Going back to my example of “The war at home : the domestic costs of Bush’s militarism”, you’ll see the record has a section marked “subjects” and the underlined words “United States. — Politics and government — 2001- | Militarism — United States. | Bush, George W. ” If you click on any of these underlined phrases, you’ll get a list of books and other materials on that topic. So this can be a good way to expand your social justice reading list.

So, please check out this issue’s list at and let me know if you find this to be a worthwhile feature.