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The Catholic Worker after Dorothy: Practicing the Works of Mercy in a New Generation [Paperback]

By Dan McKanan (Author)
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When Dorothy Day died in 1980, many people assumed that the movement she had founded would gradually fade away. But the current state of the Catholic Worker movement--more than two hundred active communities--reflects Day's fierce attention to the present moment and the local community. "These communities have prospered," according to Dan McKanan, "because Day and Maurin provided them with a blueprint that emphasized creativity more than rigid adherence to a single model." Day wanted Catholic Worker communities to be free to shape their identities around the local needs and distinct vocations of their members. Open to single people and families, in urban and rural areas, the Catholic Worker and its core mission have proven to be both resilient and flexible. The Catholic Worker after Dorothy explores the reality of Catholic Worker communities today. What holds them together? How have they developed to incorporate families? How do Catholic Workers relate to the institutional church and to other radical communities? What impact does the movement have on the world today?

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  • Commonweal - 06/06/2008 page 25

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Studio: Liturgical Press
Pages   236
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.16" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 18, 2008
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814631878  
ISBN13  9780814631874  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dan McKanan is the Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School and the author of "Identifying the Image of God," "Touching the World," and "The Catholic Worker after Dorothy." His writing has appeared in "Sojourners," "America," and many other journals.

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Dan McKanan was born in 1967 and has an academic affiliation as follows - St. John's University and College of Saint Benedict.

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A history of the Catholic Worker Movement  Dec 13, 2009
After reading several of Dorothy Day's autobiographical books, collections of her essays and now reading her recently published diaries, I was very interested in learning from another perspective the history of the Catholic Worker Movement that Dorothy and Peter Maurin began in the 1930's and particularly finding out how the movement has continued since Dorothy's death in 1980. This book is well written, well researched and I found it to be very interesting. The Catholic Worker houses of hospitality are apparently quite diverse and as unique in their organization and ways of practicing the works of mercy as there are idealistic and faithfilled people drawn to the movement. Many houses of hospitality have come and gone, but an increasing number of houses have remained in existence for decades.
If you have not read Dorothy Day's "The Long Loneliness" I recommend that you begin there. I do highly recommend this book for someone wanting to learn more and see how the Catholic Worker movement has evolved and grown through the many people, idealistic college grads and committed life-long "workers," who have been inspired by Dorothy's vision and example.
wonderful contribution to the Catholic Worker tradition!  Jul 5, 2008
Many books have been written by and about Catholic Workers, including the seminal writings of Dorothy Day herself, and the most recent collection of her diaries entries, Robert Ellsberg's The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day. But this book fills a much needed gap: the exploration of the ongoing, living practice of the Catholic Worker today.

Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin did not produce a blueprint for others to match. Instead, they simply sought to live faithful lives centered in the most solidly radical (in the true sense of "rooted") Catholic tradition they knew. They have inspired countless people to various forms of imitation.

This book, through interviews and reflection, explores some of those subsequent experiments. What is revealed is how many different ways there have been to call oneselves "Catholic Workers" within the traditions of personalism and gospel anarchy. Most helpful to me was to listen to CWs grapple with issues of faith and church. Where is the line (is there a line?) between "Catholic Worker" and simply "Worker"? What about social justice issues that Dorothy and Peter didn't consider explicitly, such as women's ordination or homosexuality?

This book is a wonderful resource for conversation and inspiration. It would be a great companion for the recent DVD, "Don't Call Me a Saint," available directly from the producer, Claudia Larson, at

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