Kate Hennessy

Loras College to host granddaughter of Dorothy Day

Kate Hennessy will speak on new book, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6

DUBUQUE, Iowa —  Loras College, a four-year Catholic liberal arts college in Dubuque, will host a book presentation by the granddaughter of social activist Dorothy Day at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6 in the ballrooms of the Alumni Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Kate HennessyKate Hennessy, the youngest of Dorothy Day’s nine grandchildren, drew from family letters, diaries, interviews and her own memories for her new biography “Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty.” She’s also the author of “The Miracle of our Continuance.”

“Dorothy Day presents us with a modern-day model of living the radical Gospel message, and her commitment to the poor and call for justice is recognized worldwide,” said Anastacia McDermott, Director of Spiritual Life and Peace and Justice. “Kate Hennessy will provide a rare glimpse into the life of one of the most influential people in the history of American Catholicism.”

In 1933, Day co-founded The Catholic Worker, a newspaper promoting Catholic teachings as they applied to social issues of the day that spawned the Catholic Worker Movement, which tackled issues of social justice. Day also helped establish houses of hospitality to help those in need, fed thousands of people, wrote newspaper columns, novels and plays, and at times lived on farms as part of the Back-to-the-Land push of the movement. Day is now a candidate for sainthood.

In his historic address to a special joint session of the U.S. Congress in 2015, Pope Francis singled out four great Americans: Dorothy Day, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thomas Merton.

Hennessey’s book has been received with great critical acclaim. The New York Times calls the memoir “intimate, revealing and sometimes wrenching,” and The Christian Science Monitor says, “Dorothy Day is not the measure of a human, it is her story, and Day’s story is epic.”

The event is sponsored by Loras College Spiritual Life and the Fr. Ray Herman Peace and Justice Center. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information, please contact McDermott at 563.588.7056 or Anastacia.McDermott@loras.edu.

Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.

Visit www.loras.edu, call (563) 588-7100 or (800) 245-6727, like Loras College on Facebook or follow @lorascollege to learn more.

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