Intrigued by the Catholic faith for years, Dorothy Day converted in 1927. In 1933, she co-founded The Catholic Worker, which promoted Catholic teachings and tackled societal issues. It became very successful and spawned the Catholic Worker Movement, which tackled issues of social justice guided by its religious principles. Day also helped establish special homes to help those in need.
If you are teaching 6th year Leaving Certificate R.E. a study of Dorothy Day works very well with certain titles. For example, from the 2013 coursework titles:
- E.2 Throughout history religious women have played a leading role as social reformers. An investigation into the evidence for this statement with reference to the life story of one such woman and her influence on the society of her day.
Numerous links to further material on Dorothy Day can be found at: Resources for Catholic Educators
You can explore further links on The Catholic Worker: Dorothy Day, in particular this article:
Several Dorothy Day videos on Youtube can be found here