Calling All Friends of Dorothy: Help Needed.

Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement represent some of what is best in the Catholic tradition. (Read about her, and the Catholic Workers as a whole, at the Catholic Worker website).

I have received from a reader an email message about her connection with the LGBT community, and telling of a book which is being prepared, telling personal stories which illustrate this connection.  This sounds to me like a great project, which deserves support. There has already been a strong, even international, response, but more stories  and pictures are needed. If you have personal memories of Dorothy,or if you know friends or family who may have done, please read the messages which follow, and offer your recollections or other material.

A call for submission of stories, letters, memories and photographs.

Dear Catholic Workers and friends of CWers;
LGBT persons have been part of the Catholic Worker movement across the world since its founding 75 years ago. For many decades the LGBT community and CW Communities/ Houses have worked together, engaged in works of mercy and witnessed for peace and justice.We are seeking letters, stories and photographs of LGBT women and men from around the world whose lives and hearts have been transformed and influenced by Dorothy Day (1897-1980) and the Catholic Worker. This collection will be a unique and insightful remembering of Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin and the CW movement through the eyes of LBGT people. Up to now this has been an untold or incomplete story.

We are seeking stories of LBGT people who knew Dorothy in person, through her writings, her legacy of spirit or simply by heartfelt affection or association with Catholic Worker communities. The essays will be a gathering of stories at that “crossroads” of encounter between personal/ spiritual radicalism and LGBT humanity. This proposed book comes out of the crossroads where the LBGT and Catholic worker communities embrace and interact. Here in open hearted story -telling style, will be a gathering of voices as around a hospitable Catholic Worker kitchen table. We seek to break through the historical silence in honest and heartfelt ways that soulfully reveal, some perhaps for the first time, lives of pain and joy, struggle, compassion, laughter, despair and hope.

We invite you to share your stories of coming out, of coming home, of conflict and pain, transformation and healing, rejection and hope. As in any other family, community or church there is a variety of experiences for those who are lesbian and gay. Our hope here is to go beyond the idealized portraits of CW community’s houses of hospitality and true to CW spirit, however uneasily, welcome and include a wide diversity of experiences and life journeys. We request that you send
us these art, photographs, stories and essays before November 25, 2009.  Get in touch anyway….

Please contact Brendan or Michael at the below email addresses or feel  free to call us on the phone. We look forward to hearing from all who might want to submit a story or essay for this proposed book, “Friends of Dorothy- The Catholic Worker & the LGBT Community”.

Contact:

Brendan Fay: “Brendan at stpatsforall dot com”
(718) 721-2780

Michael Harank: “mharank at yahoo dot com”

(510) 482-6448
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of his request. If you think of other people who we might contact for contributions to the book, please don’t hesitate to make some suggestions.

In peace,

Brendan Fay
Michael Harank

Dear friends,

I am forwarding to you our call for submissions for stories in the hope you will consider writing, to an interview or suggesting a friend or two. Perhaps you know an artist, someone with a photograph, an insight or a simple story worth telling!

The response so far has been enthusiastic and international. Some are very simple first person stories. Some are memories about Dorothy. Others are from LGBT persons whose spiritual lives have been profoundly by the witness Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin. There are histories of founders of farms and houses of hospitality. Others speak of the warm hospitality, hope and solidarity during the AIDS crisis. There also also letters of pain and exclusion as people wrestle with and overcome prejudice in themselves and communities. Other writers and contributors are straight but whose sons and daughters, friends or family are be gay or lesbian.

Our collection will also honor the generous lives and loves of a few forgotten LGBT CW saints who have gone before us!

Please help us with this. Pass on the good word

We hope to unwrap some neglected cw history, to inspire; others to witness in solidarity with LGBT brothers & sisters in poverty, in exile, or treated as second class in church & society, to honor the gifts of gay /lesbian CW founders and holy rebels for peace, justice and mercy; to welcome in a spirit of healing and hospitality stories of pain and hurt and to break through silences.

to primarily announce and proclaim stories of openness and liberation and hospitable healing. We want our gathering of stories to be good news rather than a volume that simply denounces homophobia & prejudice

We welcome stories from your circles of CW friends

There will be a number of sections here
Personal stories’
Documents , prayers and letters from years past
Reflections
Photographs or art
Memories and stories of those who paved the way, who have gone before us.

Contact:

Brendan Fay: “Brendan at stpatsforall dot com”
(718) 721-2780

Michael Harank: “mharank at yahoo dot com”

(510) 482-6448
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of his request. If you think of other people who we might contact for contributions to the book, please don’t hesitate to make some suggestions.

In peace,

Brendan Fay
Michael Harank

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