Dorothy Day: A saint for today's world?

Jim Forest, Eastern Orthodox teacher, author and peace activist

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Jim Forest found his calling when he joined Dorothy Day's Catholic Worker community in New York City in 1961, after his discharge from the Navy as a conscientious objector. Since then, he has had a succession of journalistic and leadership responsibilities in the peace movement. Forest founded the Catholic Peace Fellowship in 1965, is international secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship and has authored numerous books, including All Is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day.


Forest shared personal accounts from his time spent with Dorothy Day — the most vivid of which was watching her kneel and pray. In sharing these stories of Day's conversation to Catholicism, her refusal to remove the word Catholic from the Catholic Worker Movement and her conviction to support worthy causes, Forest asks: Is Day a saint for today's world?


About the series

Day (1897–1980) was a radical journalist who converted to Catholicism and co-founded the Catholic Worker Movement in 1933 in New York. She was editor of The Catholic Worker newspaper from 1933 until her death in 1980. The newspaper is still published seven times a year. Day was widely regarded as the most influential lay person in the history of American Catholicism and was proposed for sainthood by the Claretian Missionaries in 1983. In 2000, the Vatican granted the Archdiocese of New York permission to open the cause for Day's beatification and canonization.

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