Dorothy Day

A Modern Day Prophet

She was an American journalist, social activist, and a devout Catholic convert. She advocated the Catholic economic theory of Distributism.

Dorothy Day


Was Born November 8, 1896 -- Died November 29, 1980

She attended University of Illinois for a few years and dropped out. She then became a journalist and editor for local papers and magazines. while writing, she became very involved with the Liberal crowd. She wrote multiple socialist publications between 1910 and 1920. She was arrested several times for protesting.


In the Great Depression, she started many houses of hospitality where people could go to sleep and eat if they had neither. It was a safe and caring place for people who had no where to go. The workers there were unpaid volunteers who can out of the goodness of their hearts. Even now, she still has homes and charities running in her name across the United States to keep spreading the kindness and hope.

All while she was organizing this, she was also protesting human rights, labor unions, and  a non-violent culture for the cities. She noticed that a lot of the latter was happening while working in the busy city, so she wanted to do something about it. She and many others would protest by yelling, sitting or walking to prove a point. They did not always receive a warm welcome.

Her Calling

She worked as a reporter on the local socialist newspaper in New York, ‘The Call’. She also worked for a magazine called ‘The Masses’ which opposed to America joining the war in Europe. She also joined the Fellowship of Reconciliation around this time, a Christian pacifist organisation founded in 1914; she remained a member all her life. The biblical account of the life and teaching of Jesus carried, she was certain, a clear call to pacifism and working for the greater good.

More Of What She Did And

Morality OF Her Mission

Dorothy day can be called a modern day prophet. Throughout her life, she assumed the role of God's mouthpiece, portraying many positive and catholic views of thinking and acting. She protested against issues that did not follow the footsteps of God, for example, war and racism. They created the catholic worker movement by following the image of God, and building these special homes for the less fortunate and those in need. The Catholic Worker Paper was also created by her to inform people of the issues happening in the church community, and how the catholic church is dealing with these hardships.

The morality of Dorothy Day's mission cannot be called into question. She worked towards getting people off the street and giving them food and shelter.

Matthew 25:35 "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,"

Day does these things that are written out in the bible by caring for those she does not even know. Showing hospitality to all those in need; and many more who came to her seeking aid.

Titus 3:2 "To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people."

Dorothy Day as a pacifist does not hurt anyone, or cause pain, but still relays a very strong message about violence and other aspects of faith and morality.