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The Cause for Dorothy Day has secured the oversight of Dr. Waldery Hilgeman, a Roman postulator. Dr. Hilgemon holds both a licentiate in Canon Law (J.C.L.) and a doctorate in the same field (J.C.D.). He has shepherded many causes to completion. As required, Dr. Hilgemon lives in Rome though causes from around the world have sought his expertise. His is a unique vocation. Dr. Hilgemon will review all the work completed to date as part of the Cause's initial Diocesan Phase conducted by the Archdiocese of New York and guide the cause through the second (and final) Roman Phase.
To learn more about the work of Dr. Waldery Hilgeman click
on the logo of Missio Pastoralis on the upper left.
Kate Hennessy, granddaughter of Dorothy Day published a book last year about her mother and grandmother's relationship and life in the Catholic Worker movement.
The book is titled: "Dorothy Day: The World will be Saved by Beauty"
We are providing links to two articles written while on her Midwest book tour, last year at St. Norbert's College, DePere WI and the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul MN.
Click on the school logos below to read the articles.
Best from the Web this Week
The Catholic Worker Movement is alive and well. Each week we will try and highlight some recent posting of Catholic Worker activities.
Four Australian memebers of the Catholic Worker movement, have been tried and found guilty of willful damage when they pryed a sword from a Cross that served as a war memorial and hammered it into a plow implement. They did this action last Ash Wednesday. If you click on the photo to the left it will link you to the latest article about this action.
Rosalie Riegle made a presentation on the "Spirituality of Dorothy Day" to the Benedictine Oblates of St. Procopius Abbey. It was published in the Summer 2014 edition of the Abbey's magazine, The Clerestory. If you click on Rosalie's photo to the left you will be linked to an online edition of the Clerestory and you will need to go to page 13 for the beginning of this wonderful article.
The Claretians, a congregation of priests and brothers headquartered in Chicago, IL and dedicated to social justice were instrumental in the cause for Dorothy's canonization by being the first to propose that she should be declared a saint. They promoted this through their publications, S.A.L.T and U.S. Catholic Magazine. They began their campaign in the 1980s and carried it forward until the Archdiocese of NY officially opened the cause in 2000. The image of Dorothy to the left was the front side of a prayer card they distributed. They printed close to 300,000 of these between 1983-2000. Clicking on Dorothy's image to the left will lead to a link with all the articles they published over the years.
A conference titled, "The Sanctity of Dorothy Day" was held at St. Thomas University in Miami, FL in March of 2014. This gathering of mostly Catholic Worker leaders was instrumental in revitalizing the cause for the canonization of Dorothy Day. To read an article about it from the Florida Catholic Newspaper, click on St. Thomas University's logo to the left.
St. Procopius Abbey published an award winning issue of their magazine,
"The Clerestory" with their Fall 2013 edition. The entire issue is focused on Dorothy Day. She was a member of their community as a Benedictine Oblate. Photos of her are interspersed throughout the article in addition to the photo on the cover. Click on the cover photo to the left to read the issue.
The Guild for Dorothy Day: http://dorothydayguild.org . The is the official website set up by the Archdiocese of New York to educate others about Dorothy Day, her life and values. The Guild is the vehicle by which canonization has to happen. We encourage individuals to join. The Guild is focused on individual memberships, while our Network is focused on soliciting the participation of groups, communities and organizations. For individuals who want to join the Guild, you can download a membership form by going to the following link from the Guild's website: http://dorothydayguild.org/brochure.pdf
The best web resource to use to learn about the Catholic Worker movement and about Dorothy Day is: http://www.catholicworker.org/
Other excellent internet resources are:
-The website of Casa Juan Diego, the Houston Catholic Worker: http://www.cjd.org/
-The website of the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker in Oklahoma City: http://www.justpeace.org/
Benedictine spirituality was important to Dorothy and at the age of 58, on April 21, 1955 she became a professed Oblate of St. Procopius Abbey, Lisle, IL. In April of 1957 she wrote the following in the Catholic Worker newspaper,:
“Now I am a professed Oblate of the St. Procopius family, and have
been for the last two years, which means that I am a part of the
Benedictine family all over the world...”. -Dorothy Day
Click on the image to the left to learn about her connection to St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Illinois. You can also view a copy of her Act of Final Oblation.
We are excited to welcome the Catholic Peace Fellowship to our Network. They have made a commitment to every Friday on our Prayer Calendar. Their roots go back to the 1960's with strong connections to Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker. If you click on their logo to the left it will take you to their website. At the bottom of their webpage are links to their Facebook page and their old website which has great resources to read.
Dorothy Day on the Christopher Close-up Television Show
This is a fascinating video of Dorothy being interviewed on the Christopher TV show in the early 1970's. If you listen carefully you will gain a lot of insights into Dorothy's motives, values and thoughts. Tom Cornell is also part of the show. He is one of the featured speakers on our "Speaker's Bureau" page. Click on the photo of Dorothy to the left to go to the video.
PBS reporter Deborah Potter made this 8 minute video in 2014 about Dorothy. The video includes reflections from Joanne Kennedy, the managing editor of the Catholic Worker newspaper and from former editors like Robert Ellsberg and Pat Jordan. It is well done and worth watching. Click on the image of Dorothy to the left to directly link to the video.
We are posting videos of Dr. Cornel West's tribute to Dorothy Day given November 8, 2013 at Maryhouse in New York City. His presentation is divided into 4 videos. If you don't have a whole hour to watch all 4 videos, view one video each day this week. Click on this link below and then scroll down below the article to find the videos :
The Catholic News Service created 6 short (5 minutes each) videos about Dorothy Day after the U.S Bishops made their endorsement. Each video contains reflections by Martha Hennessy, Robert Ellsberg and Tom Cornell. This link will lead you to a blog site with links to each video. http://fatherlouie.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-series-of-6-short-films-on-dorothy-day.html