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In 1932, Dorothy Day, a journalist, bohemian socialist, and recent convert to Catholicism, met the French-born Peter Maurin. Maurin became Day's spiritual  mentor. They collaborated in seeking ways to live the biblical injunctions to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and to seek justice and peace through the founding of the Catholic Worker Movement. 

After Maurin's death in 1949 Dorothy Day continued to lead the movement and to edit its newspaper, the Catholic Worker, until her death in 1980. She lead the movement from the front, taking part in picketing and protests. She was arrested multiple times for her principled resistance to injustice. She is one of the best known and influential Catholic laypersons of the 20th century, and has been named a "Servant of God" by the Vatican, the first step on the road to sainthood.

This guide will link Duquesne University researchers to many sorts of resources on Day, Maurin, the Catholic Worker Movement, Catholic Social Teaching, and other related themes.

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Below are articles from the New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2nd edition

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Below are articles from the Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice

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