Catholic Worker (newspaper)

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Catholic Worker
TypePublished 7 times a year
Owner(s)The Catholic Worker
Founder(s)Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin
PublisherThe Catholic Worker Movement
Associate editorCathy Breen, Bernard Connaughton, Monica Ribar Cornell, T. Christopher Cornell, Tom Cornell, Bill Griffin, Martha Hennessy, Jim Reagan, Jane Sammon, Carmen Trotta
Managing editorsAmanda Daloisio & Joanne Kennedy
FoundedMay 1, 1933 (1933-May-01)
HeadquartersNew York City, New York
OCLC number1553601

Catholic Worker is a newspaper published seven times a year by the flagship Catholic Worker community in New York City. The newspaper was started by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin to make people aware of church teaching on social justice.


It first appeared on May first, 1933 in an edition of 2,500 copies, to make people aware of the social justice teaching of the Catholic Church as an alternative to communism during the Depression. Its stated goal was to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable.

Circulation rapidly rose to 25,000 within a few months, and reached 150,000 by 1936.[1]

The Catholic Worker lost thousands of subscribers because of its strict pacifist stance and refusal to join in the call for U.S. involvement in World War II. Dorothy Day was the editor of Catholic Worker until her death in 1980.

The Catholic Worker covered the Civil rights movement in great depth as liturgically based social action. [2]

Writers for the paper have ranged from young volunteers to such notable figures as Ammon Hennacy, Thomas Merton, Daniel Berrigan, Jeremy Scahill, Karl Meyer, Robert Coles, and Jacques Maritain. Ade Bethune and Fritz Eichenberg have frequently contributed illustrations. In the 1960s, Judith Palache Gregory was an editor (and later executor for Day's estate).


Day said the word "Worker" in the paper's title referred to "those who worked with hand or brain, those who did physical, mental, or spiritual work. But we thought primarily of the poor, the dispossessed, the exploited."

The Catholic Worker is considered a Christian anarchist publication.[3]

The price per issue has always been one cent. The official annual subscription price in 2009 was 25 cents.


  • Dorothy Day, editor
  • Peter Maurain, editor
  • John Day Jr, editor
  • Dorothy Day, managing editor and publisher
  • Jack English, associate editor
  • Irene Naughton, associate editor
  • Robert L Ludlow, associate editor
  • Tom Sullivan, associate editor
  • Dorothy Day, managing editor and publisher
  • Ammon Hennacy, associate editor
  • Elizabeth Roger, associate editor
  • Roger Steed, associate editor
  • Stanley Vishnewsky, associate editor
  • Charles Butterworth, associate editor
  • Arthur Sheehan, associate editor
  • Judith Gregory (Judith Palache Gregory), associate editor
  • Deane Mowrer, associate editor

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dorothy Day The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of Dorothy Day, 1952, Curtis Books pbk edition, p.207 (modern editions exist).
  2. ^ Dick, Bailey. "The Catholic Worker's Coverage of Civil Rights and Racial Justice." American Catholic Studies 131, no. 4 (2020): 1-31.
  3. ^ Klejment, Anne; Coy, Patrick (1988). A Revolution of the heart: essays on the Catholic worker. Temple University Press. pp. 293–294.

Further reading[edit]

  • Rota, Olivier. "From a social question with religious echoes to a religious question with social echoes. The 'Jewish Question' and the English Catholic Worker (1939–1948)". Houston Catholic Worker, vol. XXV, no. 3 (May–June 2005):4–5.

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