Dorothy Day’s granddaughter visits Dubuque area

Descendant of cofounder of Catholic Worker movement speaks at local Catholic Worker House, other places

By Jeannine M. Pitas

Witness Correspondent

DUBUQUE — “Whenever I enter a Catholic Worker house, anywhere, I immediately know where I am,” said Kate Hennessy, author of the 2017 book “Dorothy Day: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother.” Speaking to a small gathering at Hope House Catholic Worker in Dubuque Feb. 4 as part of a four-day tour of the Dubuque area, Hennessy, who is indeed the daughter of Catholic Worker Movement co-founder Dorothy Day’s daughter Tamar, was eager to share a story that, despite the plethora of books and documentaries on the Catholic Worker Movement, was still waiting to be told.

“People say that even a brief meeting with my grandmother could be life-­changing. Once you meet Dorothy Day, they’d tell me, you’ll spend the rest of your life wondering what hit you.”

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