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Premiere Documentary on Dorothy Day
Released: Nov. 21, 2005
MILWAUKEE – To mark the 25th anniversary of Dorothy Day's death, and to celebrate the Raynor Memorial Libraries’ archival holdings of the diaries and family correspondence of the famed peace and justice activist, the Marquette University Archives will host filmmaker Claudia Larson as she presents a director’s screening and premiere of Dorothy Day: Don’t Call me a Saint. The film will be shown in the conference center in the lower level of the John P. Raynor, S.J., Library on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 4 p.m., with a second showing at 7:00 p.m.
The film is the first full-length documentary on Day, a radical journalist who co-founded the Catholic Worker in New York City in 1933. Since then, the Catholic Worker has evolved into a faith-based grassroots movement for peace and social justice, represented by more than 150 loosely affiliated “houses of hospitality” in which the poor and homeless are welcomed as guests. Widely regarded as the most influential lay person in the history of American Catholicism, Day was proposed for sainthood by the Claretian Missionaries in 1983. The Vatican granted the Archdiocese of New York permission to open her cause in March 2000.
The Marquette University Archives began to acquire the records of the Catholic Worker movement in 1962. The collection now includes the personal papers of Day and others involved in the movement; records of past and present Catholic Worker communities; photographs; audio and video tapes of interviews, talks, television programs, and peace demonstrations; and a wide variety of publications.
Larson will provide an introduction to the 54-minute screening and respond to questions from the audience following the presentation.
The event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited and advance registration is required. To register or for more information, please contact Phil Runkel at (414) 288-5903, or email at Phil.Runkel@marquette.edu. Interested media should contact Anne Broeker in the office of Marketing and Communication.
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