Voices from the Catholic Worker

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Rosalie Riegle Troester
Temple University Press, 1993 - Social Science - 597 pages
This rich oral history weaves a tapestry of memories and experience from interviews, roundtable discussions, personal memoirs, and thorough research. In the sixtieth anniversary year of the Catholic Worker, Rosalie Riegle Troester reconfirms the diversity and commitment of a movement that applies basic Christianity to social problems. Founded in 1933 by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, the Catholic Worker has continued to apply the principles of voluntary poverty and nonviolence to changing social and political realities. Over 200 interviews with Workers from all over the United States reveal how people came to this movement, how they were changed by it, and how they faced contradictions between the Catholic Worker philosophy and the call of contemporary life. Vivid memoirs of Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, and Ammon Hennacy are interwoven with accounts of involvement with labor unions, war resistance, and life on Catholic Worker farms. The author also addresses the Worker's relationship with the Catholic Church and with the movement's wrenching debates over abortion, homosexuality, and the role of women. Author note: Rosalie Riegle Troester is Professor of English at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan.
 

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Practical philosophy by those who were living it. Hands-on Christianity. Catholic Workers in the U.S. and Canada comment on salient social and personal issues. Read full review

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Is 'The Worker in Me' Catholic? Is The Pope Catholic? Has Tracey Maguire done the hard yards? Has she had her head read? Voices from the Catholic Worker is a classic read. There's likely to be contradictions. There's likely to be debates. There's a tapestry of memories, experience, interviews and roundtable discussions. That's why truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. 

Contents

In the Beginning Was
3
The Word
57
Memories of Peter Maurin
97
Michael Harrington
120
Singing Old Songs
135
Kathleen Jordan Pat Jordan Teka Childress Don Timmerman Robert Ellsberg
163
A Roundtable Discussion
183
Workers Who Are Scholars
231
Larry Purcell of Redwood City California
348
Mike Garvey Margaret Quigley Garvey Bob Chaps
370
Angela Cordaro Fr Frank Cordaro Tom Cordaro
391
Fr Jack Keehan Jim Eder Denise Plunkett Mark Miller
408
Angelas House in Toronto
419
Charlie Angus Lauren Griffin
438
Dorothy Day House Unity Kitchen Unity Acres in Orwell
460
San Jose California Las Vegas Nevada Orange County California
499

Meg Hyre Angela Jones Mark White Chris Montesano Catherine Morris
249
The Mother House New York
260
A Roundtable Discussion
275
Tina Sipula Darla Bradley Fr Jack Keehan Pat Jordan Jim Eder Gary Donatelli
291
Marcia Timmel Paul Magno Terry BennettCauchon Lynn LassalleKlein
312
Illustrations following page
332
Martin de Pones in San Francisco
335
Jim Forest Fr Mike Baxter Larry RayKeil Louise Cochran Fr Tom Lumpkin
518
Chris Montesano Gary Donatelli Peggy Scherer Bill Griffin David Buer
543
Sr Char Madigan Joan Montesano Maggie Louden Ellen Rehg Darla Bradley
561
Houses of Hospitality
569
Index
583
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Rosalie Riegle Troester is Professor of English at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan.

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