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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty

book discussion


Kate Hennessy

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm
Gasson 100

Co-sponsored by the Department of Continuing Education (STM), the Theology Department, the Volunteer and Service Learning Center, PULSE, the Catholic Studies Program, and the Church in the 21st Century Center


Abstract: Dorothy Day (1897-1980) was a prominent Catholic, writer, social activist, and co-founder of a movement dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor. Her life has been revealed through her own writings as well as the work of historians, theologians, and academics. What has been missing until now is a more personal account from the point of view of someone who knew her well. Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty (Scribner, 2017) is a frank and reflective, heartfelt and humorous portrayal as written by her granddaughter, Kate Hennessy.

Kate Hennessy

Kate Hennessy is a writer and the youngest of Dorothy Day’s nine grandchildren. Her work has been included in Best American Travel Writing, and she is the author of Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother and, in collaboration with the photographer Vivian Cherry, Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker: The Miracle of our Continuance. Kate divides her time between Ireland and Vermont.

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Pope Francis has spoken highly of Dorothy Day for her "social activism and her passion for justice." Read Thomas Rosica's Atlantic article: "Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, MLK and Pope Francis: models of good citizenship" here.