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LOAVES AND FISHES CAMPAIGN 2020

We all know the story: how as news of Jesus’ teachings and deeds spread, his followers grew in number. How without adequate provisions to feed them, Jesus gathers five loaves and two fishes from a young boy in this large company, and after giving thanks to God, distributes them, managing to feed all who are hungry.

Dorothy Day embraced this story. She believed — as does the Guild forwarding her canonization — that in our doing of small things with love and faith, God will multiply our actions.

December 8, 2019

Dear Friends,

From the very beginning of the Cause, you’ve been there, supporting our efforts to prepare and present Dorothy Day’s case for sainthood. The joyful news is that we anticipate the voluminous evidence gathered to be readied for send-off to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints within the next twelve to sixteen months. Deo gratias…and thanks to you!

But we need to gather “loaves and fishes” — trusting in their multiplication — to insure our getting there. Loaves and fishes that will help defray the costs of our skeletal administrative staff here in New York, of a canon lawyer in Rome who reviews all our work, and of our “spreading the word” via print and social media.

Last year we launched the Loaves and Fishes Campaign as a way of formally recognizing that no donation to the Dorothy Day Guild is ever considered too small (paralleling Dorothy’s appreciation of the many faithful, small donors to the Catholic Worker). We welcome, indeed, we count on any and all support, no matter the size. Everything and everyone matters!

Since last year’s campaign was so successful, we’ve decided to annualize it. Loaves and Fishes Campaign 2020 will officially start on December 8th, 2019, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the day Dorothy Day famously prayed that some way would open up for her as a Catholic to use her talents on behalf of the poor. It will end on May 1st, 2020, the anniversary of the founding of the Catholic Worker where she lived out her vocation.

The goal is to raise $25,000, approximately $5,000 more than raised last year. (To facilitate cash flow, we actually hope the bulk will be raised by this current year’s end.) Please do contribute, however little (or conversely, however large!). Just click here:


Most importantly, know that we always feel blessed by your generosity, prayers, and shared conviction: in Dorothy Day we have a saint for our time!

P.S.     All donations are tax deductible. In this respect, they differ from the non-deductible annual dues (coupled to the benefit of receiving the quarterly newsletter) paid by Guild members. For more information on how to join the Guild, see Membership and How to Join. Our gratitude extends deep and wide to all.

P.P.S. Checks may also be sent to the Guild’s office: Dorothy Day Guild, 1011 First Avenue, Room 787, New York, NY 10022.

3 Responses to Make a Donation

  1. Mary Beth Becker says:

    By little and by little! Thanks for giving me this opportunity to help.

  2. Carolyn Zablotny says:

    A “loaf” in honor of a dear friend’s birthday.

    Everyone, like Dorothy, should be blessed with a “Peter Maurin” teacher.
    In a Catholic girls’ high school in the Midwest, she was mine.
    Happy birthday, Sharon!
    And happy launch, Guild!

  3. Elaine Madison says:

    Trusting to the multiplication of this modest bread!

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