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On Pilgrimage with Dorothy Day View Comments
By Illustrations by Michael O'Neill McGrath, OSFS

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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Michael O’Neill McGrath, OSFS, is a painter, writer, and speaker who loves to make connections between art and faith. The illustrations in this article are included in his book Saved by Beauty: A Spiritual Journey with Dorothy Day (World Library Publications). Text for this story was written by Assistant Editor Rachel Zawila, who has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri.

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