Radical thinkers


Dorothy Day (November 8, 1897 – November 29, 1980) was an American journalist, social activist, Christian anarchist, and Catholic convert. … As part of the Catholic Worker Movement, Day co-founded the Catholic Worker newspaper in 1933, and served as its editor from 1933 until her death in 1980.  Day initially lived a bohemian lifestyle before gaining public attention as a social activist after her conversion. She was a political radical perhaps the best known radical in American Catholic Church history with the exception of Bill Liske a notorious Jesuit crazy from Regis High School.


Dorothy Day before her last arrest at a farm workers picket     line in Lamont, California, in 1973. Credit:         http://rosemarieberger.com. All rights reserved.

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Bill Liske (1949 – ) prior to his last arrest 

in the 90’s (Nineteen).

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The lives of Dorothy Day (1897-1980) and Thomas Merton (1915-1968) illustrate that wholeness does not come easily. It emerges through the events of our lives, and often from different directions. Day began with social commitment and gradually found that the Catholic faith offered her the grounding for her lifelong work with the poor. Working from the opposite perspective, Merton ‘left the world’ in 1941 to enter a Trappist monastery after a tumultuous adolescence and early adulthood. Slowly in the 1950s, he began to realize that he was deeply united to all persons and that their concerns must also be his.

But both of their journeys show that a truly integrated existence—a life-long process of personal and political transformation—lies within the reach of everyone.



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