"While many observers inside and outside the Catholic Work today view Dorothy Day's death in 1980 as a sharp boundary between the more orthodox past of the movement she co-founded and its less coherent present, The Catholic Worker after Dorothy belies its title and presents its history in an unbroken sweep, a living tradition, from its founding to the present. -- Brian Terrell, Executive Director of Catholic Peace Ministry, Des Moines, Iowa
"All of us, `after Dorothy,' now share the haunting, beautiful and difficult work of loving God and each other with the authenticity and grace that originally inspired the movement. With a fresh rendering of the historical narrative, Dan McKanan shares the wisdoms of preceding generations and tells that the fire of Christian love contained in the daily practice of the works of mercy can heal us and take our forebears' `revolution of the heart' into the future." -- Michael Boover, Catholic Worker and Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, Anna Maria College Paxton, Massachusetts
"The Catholic Worker Movement celebrates its 75th birthday (1933-2008). It did not dissolve after Dorothy's passing in 1980 and Dan McKanan explains why. The seeds of the movement were planted in the most fertile and enduring soil--the daily practice of the works of mercy. The work itself is the tie that binds, sustains, unites and brings great joy. There are no hard line dogmas; a gentle personalism is all that's required. It's that simple." -- Willa Bickham, Brendan Walsh, Co-founders, Viva House, Baltimore Catholic Worker
About the Author
Dan McKanan is associate professor and chair of the theology department at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. He also teaches in the peace studies department and the Saint John's School of Theology and has previously published Touching the World: Christian Communities Transforming Society (Liturgical Press, 2007) and Identifying the Image of God: Radical Christians and Nonviolent Power in the Antebellum United States (Oxford, 2002).