Father John Gribowich

For Father John Gribowich, 36, the best type of ministry is to love others. “I have a great love for the poor ever since I was in high school. I want to live the social justice mission of the church.”

Jerry Costello

Dorothy Day Was a Saintly Grandma

Dorothy Day a saint? Many people, aware of her background, still find it hard to believe – despite a voice vote endorsement of her cause by the entire body of American bishops. How about Dorothy Day as a grandmother? That’s harder still for many others to accept with the image of Day as social activist extraordinaire firmly planted in their minds.

Fr. Robert Lauder

Practicing to Disengaged: Young Catholics and The Church

Late last year, I spent an evening at The Catholic Worker House, 55 East Third St. in Manhattan. I usually invite myself over to The Worker once a year to give a lecture. Whenever I go, I hope that I will have something to say that interests the 50 or 60 people who might attend. On […]

Father Robert Lauder

New Yorkers Who Lived Their Faith

Re-reading some sections of Dr. Patrick McNamara’s wonderful book “New York Catholics: Faith, Attitude & Works!” (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2014), I have been reminded of personal encounters I had with some of the New Yorkers about whom McNamara writes. I briefly met Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker; Catherine De Hueck Doherty, founder […]

Fr. Robert Lauder

‘New York Catholics’ – An Exceptionally Good Book

I can’t recall the first time I met Dr. Patrick McNamara. When he worked as assistant archivist for the Diocese of Brooklyn, he often had lunch at the Immaculate Conception Pastoral Center in Douglaston, where I reside. McNamara and I occasionally had lunch together and when we did, McNamara would always turn the conversation to […]

Recognizing Future American Saints

Most attention-paying U.S. Catholics are aware of the beatification causes for Archbishop Fulton Sheen and Catholic Worker co-foundress Dorothy Day.

Visiting the Catholic Worker

Occasionally I offer my services to the Catholic Worker House of Hospitality on the Bowery in Manhattan by giving a lecture that I hope those who live in the House and those who attend the regular Friday evening lectures might find interesting.

Tablet Forum Hears A Call for Peace: Dorothy Day’s Granddaughter Speaks at St. Sebastian’s Church, Woodside (with slideshow)

Dorothy Day captivated the nation with her social activist work and strong Catholic faith, and now, her seventh granddaughter Martha Hennessy is continuing the family tradition. Hennessy was the special guest Sept. 6 at a Tablet Forum held at St. Sebastian’s Church, Woodside. The first-ever Tablet Forum in 2008 focused on Dorothy Day, so this […]

St. Dorothy of Brooklyn – Potential Saint Has Connections to the Diocese

by Deacon Don Zirkel Dorothy Day, whose cause for canonization is underway, has at least six important ties to the Brooklyn Diocese: her birth and earliest years; service as a nurse; significant retreat; volunteer co-workers; Catholic Worker house in Park Slope; and many references in the pages of the diocesan newspaper. The most influential woman […]