Anarchist, pacifist, and committed Catholic Dorothy Day is in the process of being canonized for sainthood.
She’s not the first New Yorker to become a saint or be in line for the designation, but she may be the least likely candidate.
Born in Brooklyn in 1897, Day spent her early adult years as a Marxist journalist and agnostic, anti-war, pro-suffrage activist.
She lived lived on the Lower East Side and Greenwich Village, in common-law arrangements with men, and had an abortion.
Then in the 1920s, after her daughter was born, she experienced a spiritual awakening. Day started going to mass daily, studied scripture, and embarked on an ascetic life.
And she founded the Catholic Worker movement: a newspaper with a socialist, pacifist slant that included a larger dedication to serving the poor.
Day herself lived in one, a group of cabins in Staten Island, the borough where she died in 1980 and is now buried in.
She never gave up her commitment to peace and improving the lives of the poor, which earned her accolades on the left.
But she also condemned abortion and birth control, which won her praise from conservative Catholics.
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