Kate Hennessy Talks About the Impact of Her Grandmother, Dorothy Day, During WJU Visit

  WJU Communications
  Friday, April 27, 2018 3:15 PM
  Academics, WJU News

Wheeling, WV

A standing room only crowd heard Kate Hennessy heard her paint an intimate portrait of her grandmother, Dorothy Day, during her talk at Wheeling Jesuit University, April 25.

31358057_10157403875839358_2617612866258925168_n.jpgHennessy spoke about her mother, Tamar Hennessy, and her grandmother Dorothy Day, one of the most influential American Catholics of the 20th century. Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, was named one of four Americans of note by Pope Francis when he addressed Congress in 2015. Her cause for canonization is in process.

During her visit, she spoke about her book Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of my Grandmother. Hennessy sold and signed copies of the book following her address.

“To pay attention to my grandmother is to have your life changed irrevocably,” Hennessy told members of the WJU and greater Wheeling communities who attended the talk. “Dorothy and Tamar had an astoundingly heroic view of what family was,” inviting everyone in.

Dr. Andrew Staron, assistant professor of Theology at WJU and organizer of Hennessy’s visit, said, “Through her talent and personal openness, Kate invites us to witness her deeply personal quest -- to better understand the difficult and beautiful story of her own mother, Tamar, the life and legacy of her grandmother, Dorothy, and the love that they shared. In fleshing out the stories of her family and the miracle of the Catholic Worker movement, Kate's book humanizes holiness. And this is at least one way Kate is like her grandmother: she helps us to see each person in his or her own fullness and invites us to a possible life-changing encounter with them.”

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