May 13-15, 2015

Dorothy Day (1897-1980) was famously eulogized as “the most significant, interesting and influential person in the history of American Catholicism.” Her life embodied the recent call of Pope Francis to build “a poor Church for the poor”—and her combination of political radicalism with Catholic orthodoxy has the potential to lead the Church beyond the categories of “liberal” and “conservative” in its engagement with American culture and politics.

This conference will explore Dorothy Day’s life, legacy and contemporary significance for the Church. Paper and session proposals are welcomed from academics and others familiar with the work of Dorothy Day.

Archbishop José Gomez Lecture

Scheduled Speakers

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MOST REVEREND JOSÉ H. GOMEZ – Archbishop of Los Angeles
(Topic to be announced)

ROBERT ELLSBERG – Publisher, Orbis Books, and Editor of Dorothy Day’s diaries and letters
“Dorothy Day: A Saint for Our Time”

MARTHA HENNESSY – Granddaughter of Dorothy Day
“Dorothy Day and the Domestic Church”

BRANDON VOGT – Catholic writer and speaker
“Daughter of the Church: Dorothy Day’s Faithful Activism”

KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ – senior fellow at the National Review Institute
“Pope Benedict, Pope Francis, and Dorothy Day: Our Opportunity and Responsibility”

Conference Registration

Conference registration opens Dec. 15, 2014. Registration fees include all meals and conference materials.

Registration deadlines

Early registration

Dec. 15, 2014-Feb. 11, 2015


Feb. 12-April 30, 2015

Late/onsite registration

May 1-May 13, 2015

A limited number of reduced Registrations ($100) are available to members of Catholic Worker houses or full-time students.

Scholarship Fund Donation

Those wishing to contribute to scholarships may do so through the registration page.


Reservations for on-campus housing opens Dec. 15, 2014. Limited space is available. Information for hotels near the University of Saint Francis is available upon request.


Double room: $35 a night
Single room: $45 a night

Call for Papers

Potential topics for the conference include (but are not limited to):

  • The Catholic Worker movement and 20th-century American Catholicism
  • Dorothy Day as prophet of and participant in Vatican II
  • Dorothy Day and her contemporaries (e.g., Peter Maurin; Catherine De Hueck Dougherty; Thomas Merton; Ammon Hennacy; Cardinal Spellman)
  • Orthodoxy and heterodoxy in the Catholic Worker movement since 1980
  • Dorothy Day, the U.S. bishops and the Reagan era
  • Dorothy Day, abortion and the pro-life movement
  • Social Justice, Catholic orthodoxy, and the sexual revolution of the 1960s
  • Dorothy Day, unionism, and immigration reform
  • Just War Theory, the War on Terror, and non-violent witness in Dorothy Day’s theology
  • The Future of the Catholic Worker movement in the 21st century
  • Saint Dorothy Day? Canonization, domestication and Catholic radicalism

Final Submission

The call for papers has ended.