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CANCELLED: Dorothy Day Granddaughter and Author, Kate Hennessy

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 7:00 pm

JFK Student Center Tags: Faith , Lectures/Workshops/Performances , Outreach/Service

Dorothy Day Book Cover




Kate Hennessy, granddaughter of Dorothy Day and author of The World Will Be Saved By Beauty, will deliver the annual TOR Endowment lecture on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 pm in JFK Student Center.The event is free and open to the public. Copies of Ms. Hennessy's book will be available for purchase and signing.

The New York Times calls her book, “An intimate, revealing and sometimes wrenching family memoir of the journalist and social advocate who is now being considered for canonization” 

About Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day was a prominent Catholic, writer, social activist, and co-founder of a movement dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor. Her life has been documented through her own writings as well as the work of historians, theologians, and academics. What has been missing until now is a more personal account from the point of view of someone who knew her well. Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty is a frank and reflective, heartfelt and humorous portrayal written by her granddaughter, Kate Hennessy.

About the Author

Kate Hennessy is a writer and the youngest of Dorothy Day’s nine grandchildren. Her book, Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother has won a Christopher Award and was chosen by the Chicago Tribune for best spiritual writing of 2017. She has worked in collaboration with the photographer Vivian Cherry on Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker: The Miracle of Our Continuance, and her work has appeared in Best American Travel Writing.

Kate attended New York University and the School for International Training in Vermont. She has traveled and worked around the world, including at an international summer camp in the former USSR, and as an ESL Teacher in Guatemala and to Tibetan refugees in India. She has also walked 750 kilometers on el Camino de Santiago in Spain. Kate lives in Ireland with her husband.

About the TOR Endowment

The T.O.R. Endowment in Franciscan Studies and Roman Catholic Theology was established to reach out to those who share affinity with the distinct mission of the University's patron saints, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare, as well as Dorothy Day. The endowment was created by a grant from Mr. and Mrs Louis P. DiCerbo.

The goal of this endowment is to:

  • Promote activities that reflect the works of St. Francis, St. Clare, and Dorothy Day;

  • Attract national Franciscan and Roman Catholic scholars to campus;

  • Develop a professor-in-residence program;

  • Offer workshops for faculty, staff and students;

  • Reach out to all people of good faith who promote shared values;

  • Encourage faculty, staff and students to journey to Assisi, Italy for a guided program to further enhance their understanding of the University's mission through exposure to the roots and sources of Franciscan tradition.