March 2019 — The Catholic Worker, the movement's famous publication for more than 80 years, is now available online. The Catholic Worker newspaper was founded as the movement's official organ and continues to be published to this day. It reports on events and issues of interest to people who want to know more about Jesus Christ and his church.
The paper is published six times a year and includes articles by contemporary authors along with news from around the world. There are also weekly scripture readings, prayers, and reflections.
Distributed each Thursday by mail and available in many cities across the United States, Canada, and Europe, the Catholic Worker offers an alternative to both secularism and religious orthodoxy. Its focus on social justice causes has made it one of the most influential movements in modern Christianity.
The magazine covers topics such as peace activism, poverty relief, prison reform, environmental protection, and worker rights. Information on local groups that are part of the Catholic Worker movement is also included.
It was renamed "The Catholic Worker" two years later when the publisher, James Hanratty, decided to give the paper a more appealing look.
The Catholic Worker is a weekly newspaper published by the Catholic Worker community in New York City seven times a year. Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin founded the publication to raise awareness of church doctrine on social justice. The paper has been called "a landmark in American journalism" and "one of the most influential newspapers in America."
Day was born on April 19, 1897 in Roskilde, Denmark. When she was six years old, her family moved to Boston, Massachusetts where she grew up during one of the first decades of the 20th century. Her parents were both active members of the Social Gospel movement, which had emerged in the United States in the 1880s. They ran a small grocery store and lived above it. This experience helped form Day's view that society's problems could be solved through love and charity.
After graduating from Emerson College in 1919, Day worked for several publications including Collier's and The Masses before founding her own magazine called Survey in 1926. The next year she married Kenyon Jones, an Irish priest who became a Catholic Worker. In 1930, after giving birth to three children, Day left her husband and son and moved to Cuba where she could practice her faith more freely. There she met with Fidel Castro and other leaders to discuss forming a communist country. When this effort failed, Day returned to the United States and began publishing The Catholic Worker in 1933.
Day, Dorothy March 2019 — The Catholic Worker, the movement's famous publication for more than 80 years, is now available online. In 1933, the Catholic Worker movement began in New York City. Dorothy Day, a radical journalist and Catholic convert, and Peter Maurin, an itinerant French worker/scholar, created it. The two friends believed that Christianity should be accessible to all, so they started a newspaper to promote these ideas.
Their goal was to create a paper that would be "of use in bringing back our people to the Lord and our country to democracy." To do this, they decided to make the newspaper affordable to many readers by making each issue small, simple, and readable. They also wanted their newspaper to be positive and encouraging, without boring religious or political articles.
The first issue of The Catholic Worker was published on April 20, 1933. It included an article by Day titled "Why I Am A Communist" as well as an editorial written by Maurin. The paper continued to be published every week on Thursday with only minor changes over the years. By the time Day died in 1979, the paper had more than one million subscribers across the world.
After Day's death, her friend Thomas Merton took over the paper until his death in 1978. When he died, James Silkenat, who worked with Merton on the paper, took charge. In 1980, Silkenat hired another friend of Day's, Denis Donovan, as managing editor.