Dorothy is the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. She became a Lay Benedictine in 1955 as her way of expressing the inspiration she experienced for the Desert Monastics and Celtic Monastics. She was in correspondence with Thomas Merton.


‘Dorothy Day: Don’t Call Me A Saint’ tells the story of the New York writer and Catholic anarchist who at the height of the Depression unwittingly created what would become a worldwide peace and social justice movement. The Catholic Worker persists to this day in over 180 houses of hospitality and soup kitchens across the United States, in Europe, Australia, Canada and Mexico. Their tenet is based on doing works of mercy and living in voluntary poverty with no attachments to Church or State’.

Video clip and extract with kind courtesy from Claudia Larson.