Catholic Worker Movement

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Founder
Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin
Time Period
5/1/1933
Description
Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin founded the Catholic Worker Movement as an apostate that served the poor. Many trace the official beginning of the Catholic Worker Movement on May 1, 1933 with the first issue of their newspaper entitled The Catholic Worker, which sold for a penny per copy. The movement embraced aspects of Christian personalism, the belief that each human being has value and dignity. Day managed to implement those principles in practice. For example, she established a "house of hospitality," providing food and beds for the poor. Moreover, the movement held "round table discussions" for intellectuals and workers.

Many of those who joined the movement have embraced voluntary poverty in order to improve the economic and social conditions of the impoverished.
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Biographies
Day, Dorothy
Maurin, Peter
Photographs

Little Mary's Hospitality House- English Wikipedia

Dorothy Day portrait- Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-111099

Peter Maurin portrait- courtesy of The Marquette University Archives

Catholic Worker- Internet Archive- from The Christian Radical, vol 1
Book/Journal Source(s)
Reid, Daniel, Robert Linder, Bruce Shelley, and Harry Stout, 1990. Dictionary of Christianity in America. Downers Grove, IL.
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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