November 20, 2010
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan will participate
on Nov. 28 in one of two separate events celebrating the 30th
anniversary of the death of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic
"Remembering Dorothy Day: An Evening with Daniel Berrigan, S.J.,"
will be held at Mount Manresa Jesuit Retreat House, Fort Wadsworth,
at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29, the 30th anniversary of the death of Miss Day.
The archbishop will be the principal celebrant and homilist at a
special 3 p.m. memorial mass on the Sunday before her anniversary at
Our Lady Help of Christians R.C. Church (OLHC), Tottenville.
Miss Day, who is being considered by the Vatican for sainthood, was
baptized at OLHC in 1927.
Following the mass, the archbishop will dedicate to Miss Day a new
extension with elementary school classrooms and a Catholic Education
Center at OLHC. An adult reception in the school hall and children's
pizza party for grades kindergarten through eight in the lower church
hall will follow the dedication. OLHC is asking for adult volunteers
to assist members of the Teen Club at the pizza party. Children must
be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Miss Day was an American journalist, social activist, devout Catholic
convert and resident of the former Spanish Camp, Annadale. In the
1930s, Miss Day worked closely with fellow activist Peter Maurin to
establish the Catholic Worker Movement, a non-violent effort that
continues to combine aid for the poor and homeless with action on
Fr. Berrigan, an American poet, peace activist, and Catholic priest,
has been a member of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits, since 1939.
"It was Dorothy who got me thinking about the issue of war," Fr.
"She made me thoughtful about things I hadn't really considered."
Our Lady Help of Christians is located at 7396 Amboy Rd. Although the
events are free, RSVPs are required and a form is in the bulletin and
there's a link on the web site, Olhcparish.blogspot.com. For
information, call 718-317-9772 or visit the web site, Olhcparish.blogspot.com.
Mount Manresa is located at 239 Fingerboard Rd. For information, call
718-727-3844, ext. 211, or visit the web site, Mountmanresa.org.