WASHINGTON (October 29, 1997) -- Dorothy Day, the peace activist and co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, was hailed by the U.S. Bishops' Domestic Policy Committee for her prophetic love for the poor in a statement marking the centenary of her birth, November 8.
The statement was issued by Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, Washington, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Policy.
The full statement follows.
November 8, 1997
Most Reverend William S. Skylstad
Chairman, USCC Committee on Domestic Policy
This year we celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Dorothy Day. Dorothy Day lived a rich and complex life. She was a woman whose life was rooted in her commitment to her Catholic faith, to prayer and sacraments. Her faith found expression in her recognition that our salvation is utterly dependent on how we serve Christ present in the poor and oppressed. This became her life's work. Her faith and her work together helped create the Catholic Worker movement which offers an opportunity to the poor and those who serve them to experience the abundance of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Her vision of homes open to the lame, the weak and the blind is an ongoing reality because of her work and inspiration.
Dorothy Day's life and the Catholic Worker movement were woven together by love within a community. Her love was prophetic by its challenge to serve the poor and the oppressed while at the same time confronting the system which caused the poverty and oppression. Dorothy Day recognized that the Gospel calls us to a more abundant way of life than does a culture rooted in violence and indifference which pits one group against another.
Today we celebrate not only Dorothy Day's life and commitment to the poor and the Church, but also all those people who continue the spirit of Dorothy Day through their service to the poor and their faith put into action.