Dorothy Day’s public presence is
well-known: journalist, 20th-century reformer, cofounder of the Catholic Worker
movement, antiwar and civil-rights activist. But beyond her public persona, Day
(1897–1980) lived a storied private life. Through her long-running column in the
Catholic Worker newspaper, aptly titled “On Pilgrimage,” and her many other works, readers
traveled with Day as she embarked on a journey to awaken the social conscience
of a nation. Privately, Day was also making a spiritual pilgrimage, seeking
personal enlightenment as well.
The following illustrations are from Michael O’Neill
McGrath’s new book, Saved by Beauty (World Library Publications). We added text to help tell the
story for our readers. All images are used with permission.
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