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Witness:
Kate Hennessy
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - In his historic address to a special joint session of the US Congress on September 24, 2015, Pope Francis singled out four great Americans. Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thomas Merton, and Kate Hennessy’s grandmother, Dorothy Day, a rebellious Catholic from Manhattan who, in the depths of the Great Depression, co-founded the Catholic Worker movement and the Catholic Worker newspaper, both of which continue to this day.

Dorothy was a journalist and socialist whose conversion at age 30 propelled her into fierce advocacy for the poor and civil disobedience through World War II, the Cold War and the Vietnam War. In Pope Francis' address to Congress, he praised Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement for her "passion for justice."

Kate Hennessy is a writer and the youngest of Dorothy Day’s nine grandchildren. She has worked in collaboration with the photographer Vivian Cherry on Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker: The Miracle of Our Continuance, and her writing has appeared in Best American Travel Writing. Kate attended New York University and the School for International Training in Vermont. She has traveled and worked around the world, including as a counsellor at an international summer camp in the former USSR, and as an ESL Teacher in Guatemala and India. She has also worked as a curator at a small Vermont museum and has walked 750 kilometers on el Camino de Santiago in Spain. Kate lives in Vermont with her husband. In this very personal interview, Kate speaks with Fr. Thomas Rosica about her remarkable, extraordinary and yet ordinary grandmother.