The Evolution of Dorothy Day (original broadcast, May 2020)

The Power of Words
On May Day 1933, nearly 50,000 peaceful protestors gathered in Union Square, New York to rally for an eight-hour workday and to stand in solidarity with laborers around the world. In the crowd was 35-year-old Dorothy Day distributing the first edition of The Catholic Worker.
In this week’s episode, we talk to documentary filmmaker Martin Doblmeier about his film, Revolution of the Heart: the Dorothy Day Story, which recently won the Gabriel Award for Best Special or Documentary.

Milestones and Moments
We continue to explore Dorothy Day’s evolution with filmmaker Martin Doblemeier.  How does the daughter of a sports journalist emerge as a Bohemian drawn to socialism, anarchism, and Catholicism?  In this segment, we explore the events that led to her conversion, the influence of Peter Maurin, the French immigrant who became an important figure in her spiritual development, and the real reason she opened the first hospitality house in New York.

Complicated and Nuanced

In this final segment, Doblemeier describes parallels between the social and economic disparities in 2020, why a new generation continues to open houses of hospitality, and the issues that fueled the growth of the Catholic Worker Movement. Throughout the conversation, one thing remains clear: Day has a complicated and nuanced relationship with institutions of centralized power. However, four decades after her passing, what is clear is her lasting influence.

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