Dorothy Day (1897-1980) Born in Brooklyn, New York on November 8 th, 1897 Dorthy Day was a very influential person in the catholic economic lifestyle. Her father, John Day was out of work when she was little, which gave her empathy for other then, and later on in life because she also knows what its like to be there. When she moved to Chicago her life turned for the better, Her father became sports editor of a major Chicago newspaper. In 1914 she relieved a scholarship for the university of Illinois in Urbana. She was ent very social in school, keeping mostly to herself. Two years later she dropped out to move to new your and become a newspaper reporter.
In 1917 she was arrested for protesting women's exclusion from the electorate outside the capitol and was thrown into prison only to be released soon after. This was first of many arrests in Dorothy future. As a child Dorothy went to an Episcopical Church from time to time. She also attended St. Josephs in New York sometimes, but not regularly. She was really interested in the catholic church and what it had to offer but she really didnt know much about it.
She had a few catholic friends who she hung out with and stuff during college and afterwards. When she had a kid named Tamar, she decided to make her a catholic. She had Tamar baptised and then she herself was baptised, deciding to devote her life to good things. She met Peter Maur in who was twenty years older and was an experienced for rmer catholic brother.
They talked and listened, and Peter said Dorothy should start a paper to publish all her ideas and stuff. So she took his advice and went and bought a printing press and set it up in her kitchen. She charged a penny for a copy and called it The Catholic Worker. Everyone loved it, and after a while home les people started to show up at the door.
Because of the writings in the paper the wanted to stay with Dorothy and Peter and of course they let them stay. So many people came to stay they opened up these houses all around the country to provide hospitality to the homeless. They called them Catholic Worker Houses. Today, more than one hundred Catholic worker houses exist and the newspaper still lives on. It is still a strong catholic voice for social justice and peace. No other newspaper probably has had so many people arrested and put into jail.
Dorothy Day died on November 29 th, 1980, many see her as a saint. 'If I achieved anything in my life it is because I have not been embarrassed to talk about God.' -Dorothy Day. bibliography - web.