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Dorothy Day's New Step Towards Canonization

27th April 2016

On April 19th, the Archdiocese of New York released a press release regarding an update in Dorothy Day’s progress towards possible sainthood.  The Catholic Worker founder, who was named a “Servant of God” back in 2000 when the Vatican opened up the canonization process, is now under consideration to be elevated from “Servant of God” to “Venerable.”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York will be putting together a team to read and analyze Dorothy Day’s writings in order to discover if she truly led a life of”heroic virtue.”  This will include analyzing about 3,000 pages of articles published in The Catholic Worker, as well as pages from her books and manuscripts.  In total, it is expected that over 8,000 pages of Dorothy Day’s work will be examined in order to raise her to “Venerable” and begin to lead towards beatification and canonization.  The team will also begin interviewing people who have worked with Dorothy Day and knew her personally in order to better know her impact and learn more about her life from primary sources.

On May 3rd, Fordham University Press will be launching a book called Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker: The Miracle of Our Continuance.  It is a portrait of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement in New York City through photographs taken in 1955 by Vivian Cherry, a documentary photographer, accompanied by excerpts of Dorothy Day’s writings selected and edited by her granddaughter, Kate Hennessy.  The book launch will take place at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus in New York City at 6:00 pm.  You can find a flier for the event here.  If you would like to attend, please be sure to RSVP here.

For Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker: The Miracle of Our Continuance and related titles, please check out Fordham Press’ website.  Between the beautiful words of Dorothy Day, the inspiring introduction from her granddaughter Kate Hennessy, and the breathtaking photographs by Vivian Cherry, we are sure you won’t be disappointed with this read!