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Four Americans, including Catholics Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, called models to follow
Twentieth-century American Catholic activists Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton are hardly household names. In fact, even some Catholics were unaware of them. But the two took center stage along with Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. during Pope Francis’ historic address to the U.S. Congress in September. Francis held up these four individuals to impart Catholic social teaching to all Americans.
Merton (1915-1968) was a Trappist monk, pacifist, and writer, most famously of the autobiographical The Seven Storey Mountain. “Merton was above all a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time and opened new horizons for souls and for the church. He was also a man of dialogue, a promoter of peace between peoples and religions,” the pope said.
Day (1897-1980) was a journalist, laywoman, radical Christian, and founder of the Catholic Worker movement, whose mission is to show hospitality to those on the margins and live out the works of mercy. “Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of saints,” Francis said.
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Today's Catholic Sisters
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Don't miss your chance to learn about the newest generation of Catholic sisters and why we need them now more than ever at one more upcoming gathering. Hear remarkable stories from these modern women who have answered the call, and learn how they perceive their mission.
These unique gatherings, hosted by NRVC during the Year of Consecrated Life and made possible by a grant from the GHR Foundation, will feature several young sisters, along with the authors of New Generations of Catholic Sisters: The Challenge of Diversity.
A Q&A session and raffle will follow the main presentation. Refreshments will be served. This is an excellent chance to generate support for Catholic sisters now and in the future. Please plan on attending—and bring friends!
Jan. 23, 2016 at 9 am-noon - Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, California
Note: The gatherings this fall were a great success! Thanks to all who participated and attended.
New Generations of Catholic Sisters authors:
Sr. Mary Johnson, S.N.D.deN.; Sr. Patricia Wittberg, S.C.; Dr. Mary Gautier
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