The Dorothy Day Guild thanks you in advance for your very timely consideration — as we ready the cause to go to Rome — of making a tax-deductible donation. Please read below about our newly instituted Loaves and Fishes Campaign. No donation is too small! (Conversely, no donation is too large: please contact the Guild office if you are interested in making a major gift.) Thank you!
DOROTHY DAY GUILD HERALDS MAJOR MILESTONES: LAUNCHES LOAVES AND FISHES CAMPAIGN
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 that in our doing of small things with love and faith, God will multiply our actions. As momentum builds toward her canonization, the Guild trusts, as Dorothy did, to the ongoing miracle of the loaves and fishes — grateful for any and all support, needed now more than ever.
September 1, 2018
Her reliance on Divine Providence is only one of the many reasons we see Dorothy Day as a saint for our time. There is her wedding of charity with justice, her life in community among the poor, her practice of the works of mercy, her dedication to Gospel non-violence. How resounding is her witness, how profoundly needed is her model of holiness!
Still, the path to formal recognition by the Church is long and necessarily arduous, beginning with a local inquiry (conducted in the candidate’s primary workplace or residence; in Dorothy’s case, the Archdiocese of New York) and culminating with an inquiry in Rome (conducted before the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints). Joyfully, we share the banner news:
WE’RE CLOSE TO THE FINISH LINE IN NEW YORK
In what often seemed a never-ending task, we have at last completed the compiling of all of Dorothy Day’s over 1,300 publications. Moreover, the theological review of these published works has reached the halfway mark, as has the scanning of her unpublished writings, diaries, and letters (though major work still remains in the transcription of these handwritten documents). And still more eyewitness testimony needs to be taken (with over half already completed). The Historical Commission has embarked on the critical job of preparing its biography and report. So though there is still much important work to do, we can say with confidence:
WE’RE ON COURSE TO ROME!
In two years — with your help — we can bring the cause for Dorothy Day to Rome. We need to gather “loaves and fishes” — trusting in their multiplication — in order to get there. Loaves and fishes that will cover the costs of a canon lawyer, a court reporter, two student archivists, and a sole staff coordinator, overseeing 20 volunteers.
The goal this first campaign year, fiscal year 2019 (starting on September 1st, 2018 and ending August 31st, 2019) is to raise $50,000 in small donations. No matter the size, please contribute! Just click here:
And know that we always feel blessed by your generosity, prayers, and kind encouragement. Thank you!—-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 the Membership Page. Our gratitude extends deep and wide to all!