Dorothy Day (1897-1980)
Born in Brooklyn, New York on November 8th, 1897 Dorthy Day was a very influential
person in the catholic economic lifestyle. Her father, John Day was out of work when she was
little, which gave her empathy for other then, and later on in life because she also knows what
its like to be there. When she moved to Chicago her life turned for the better, Her father became
sports editor of a major Chicago newspaper. In 1914 she received a scholarship for the
university of Illinois in Urbana. She wasent very social in school, keeping mostly to herself.
Two years later she dropped out to move to new yourk and become a newspaper reporter.
In 1917 she was arrested for protesting women's
exclusion from the electorate outside the
capitol and was thrown into prison only to be released soon after. This was first of many
arrests in Dorothys future.
As a child Dorothy went to an Episcopical Church from time to time. She also
attended St.Josephs in New York sometimes, but definatley not regularly.She was really
interested in the catholic church and what it had to offer but she really didn't know much
about it. She had a few catholic friends who she hung out with and stuff during college
When she had a kid named Tamar, she decided to make her a catholic. She had
Tamar baptised and then she herself was baptised, deciding to devote her life to good things.
She met Peter Maurin wheo was twenty years older and was an experienced forrmer catholic
brother. They talked and listened, and Peter said Dorothy should start a paper to publish all
her ideas and stuff. So she took his advice and went and bought a printing press and set it up
in her kitchen. She charged a penny for a copy and called it The Catholic Worker. Everyone
loved it, and after a while homeles people started to show up at the door. Because of the writings
in the paper the wanted to stay...
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