Archdiocese of New York seeks eyewitnesses to Dorothy Day’s life
Dorothy Day (CNS/Courtesy Milwaukee Journal)
The Archdiocese of New York is looking for a few good eyewitnesses to the life of Catholic Worker co-founder and justice advocate Dorothy Day.
Its Dorothy Day Guild is soliciting the names of people who worked alongside, knew or met Day so they can be interviewed as part of the effort for her canonization.
Jeffry Korgen, coordinator of the diocesan phase of the canonization process, said names are being collected to determine who can be interviewed.
“It’s a little bit of the legal part of (the process),” Korgen explained to Catholic News Service. “They have to be under oath, interviewed under a canonically approved process with specific questions approved for the inquiry as part of the sainthood process.”
Each person whose name surfaces will be examined for how well they knew Day and how much information they can provide to “shed light on her life.”
“We’re supposed to have 50 good interviews,” Korgen said.
“We really want to get as many names as we can now, figure out what kind of perspective they have and get cracking,” he said.
The guild will accept names March 31. To submit a referral — or to refer yourself — visit online.
Batman comic artist inspired by Dorothy Day
Batman comic artist Dennis O’Neil may just be one of the people whom the archdiocese is looking for.
O’Neil, who wrote and edited the Dark Knight under different comic titles for more than 30 years, said in a Feb. 19 post on the Comic Mix website that he incorporated a little of Dorothy Day into a new character he and colleague Dick Giordano introduced in Detective Comics #457 published March 1976.
The character, Dr. Leslie Thompkins, was developed to serve as a surrogate mother for Bruce Wayne, who donned the Batman mystique to fight crime. O’Neil said Thompkins told a young Wayne that not everyone believed that violence solved problems.
“I had a real person in mind when I was writing Detective #457, someone I’d once met named Dorothy Day,” O’Neil wrote, describing how she co-founded the Catholic Worker in New York’s Bowery in the midst of the Great Depression.
“We incorporated Dorothy’s pacifism into Leslie. There wasn’t much; I can’t recall any particular story in which it was a major element. But look for (Read More)