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Catholic Worker Book List

    Below is a list of some books and authors related to the Catholic Worker movement. An excellent source is the Catholic Worker Bookstore. For a more complete list, contact the Catholic Worker Archives at Marquette University. Entries marked with an asterisk * are hard to find.

    * All Is Grace, by William D. Misser. Doubleday and Co., Garden City, NY.
    All Is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day, by Jim Forest, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY.
    * All the Way to Heaven: A Theological Reflection on Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin and the Catholic Worker Movement, by Lawrence Holben. Rose Hill Books, Marion, SD.
    All the Way to Heaven: The Selected Letters of Dorothy Day, edited by Robert Ellsberg. Marquette University Press, Milwaukee, WI.
    * The Book of Ammon, by Ammon Hennacy. Available from Joan Thomas, PO Box 26006, Phoenix, AZ 85068.
    * Bowery Blues: A Tribute to Dorothy Day, by Jack Cook. Xlibris Corp.
    Breaking Bread: The Catholic Worker and the Origin of Catholic Radicalism in America, by Mel Piehl. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, AL.

    Broken & Shared
    Broken And Shared: Food, Dignity, and the Poor on Los Angeles’ Skid Row, by Jeff Dietrich, Marymount Institute Press/Tsehai Publishers, Los Angeles, CA. (Can be purchased HERE or on AMAZON) or call 310-422-0180.












    The Good SamaritanTHE GOOD SAMARITAN: Stories from the Los Angeles Catholic Worker on Skid Row – In this new collection of essays, Jeff Dietrich looks back over more than forty years as a member of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker community serving the poor on L.A.’s Skid Row.

    Exploring what it means to be a good samaritan, Dietrich asks: “Who is my neighbor?”; “How do I keep the courage of my convictions?”; “Am I my brother’s keeper?”; “How do we attend to the dying, the living, and the newborn?”; and, finally, “What does it mean spend a lifetime as a Catholic Worker?” Order book HERE or HERE or call 310-422-0810.


The Catholic Worker After Dorothy: Practicing the Works of Mercy in the New Generation, by Daniel McKanan. Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN.
Catholic Worker Houses, by Sheila Diercks and Patricia Ladley. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, NYC.
The Catholic Worker Movement: Intellectual and Spiritual Origins, by Mark and Louise Zwick. Paulist Press, Mahwah, NJ.
*Christ Comes in the Stranger’s Guise: A History of the Open Door Community, by Peter R. Gathje. The Open Door Community, Atlanta, GA.
*Confessions of a Catholic Worker, by Michael Garvey. Templegate Publishers, Springfeild, IL.
*Do Not Neglect Hospitality: The Catholic Worker and the Homeless, by Harry Murray. Temple University Press, Philadelphia, PA.
*Dorothy Day: A Biography, by William D. Miller. Harper and Row, NYC.
Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement: Centenary Essays, William J. Thorn, Phillip M. Runkel, and Susan Mountin, eds. Marquette Univ. Press, Milwaukee, WI.
Dorothy Day and the Permanent Revolution (booklet), by Eileen Egan. Benet Press, Erie, PA.
Dorothy Day: A Radical Devotion, by Robert Coles, Perseus Book Group, NYC.
The Dorothy Day Book: A Selection from Her Writing and Reading, edited by Margaret Quigley and Michael Garvey. Templegate Publishers, Springfield, IL.
Dorothy Day: Friend to the Forgotten, by Deborah Kent. W. B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, MI.
Dorothy Day: Portraits by Those Who Knew Her, by Rosalie Riegle. Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY.
Dorothy Day: Selected Writings, edited by Robert Ellsberg. Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY.
Dorothy Day: With Love for the Poor, by Jim O’Grady. Ward Hill Press, Staten Island, NY.
Dorothy Day: Writings from Commonweal, edited by Patrick Jordan. Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN.
Dreadful Conversions: The Making of a Catholic Socialist, by John C. Cort. Fordham University Press, Bronx, NY.
The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day, Edited by Robert Ellsberg. Marquette University Press, Milwaukee, WI.
* Easy Essays, by Peter Maurin. Franciscan Herald Press, Quincy, IL.
Fritz Eichenberg: Works of Mercy, by Fritz Eichenberg. Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY.
From Union Square to Rome, by Dorothy Day. Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY.
Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiment With Truth, by James W. Douglass, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY
A Harsh and Dreadful Love, by William D. Miller. Marquette Univ. Press, Milwaukee, WI.
*House of Hospitality, by Dorothy Day. Catholic Worker Books.
I Hear Hope Banging at My Back Door, by Ed Loring. The Open Door Community, Atlanta, GA.
In My Own Words: Dorothy Day, Edited by Phyllis Zagano. Liguori Press, Liguori MO.
JFK and the UNSPEAKABLE: Why He Died and Why it Matters, by James W. Douglass, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY
The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage, by Paul Elie. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, NY.
Loaves and Fishes, by Dorothy Day. Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY.
The Long Loneliness, by Dorothy Day. Harper One Publishers, NYC.
Love Is the Measure, by Jim Forest. Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY.
Meditations, Stanley Vishnewski, ed. Templegate Publishers, Springfield, IL.
*The Moral Vision of Dorothy Day: A Feminist Perspective, by June E. O’Connor. Crossroad Publishing Co, NYC.
*New Heaven, New Earth: Practical Essays on the Catholic Worker Program, by Richard Cleaver. Rose Hill Books, Marion, SD.
On Pilgrimage, by Dorothy Day. W.B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, MI.
* On Pilgrimage: The Sixties, by Dorothy Day. Curtis Books.
A Penny a copy: Readings From the Catholic Worker, edited by Thomas Cornell, Robert Ellsberg and James Forest. Available from Peter Maurin Farm.
Peter Maurin: Apostle to the World, by Dorothy Day with Francis J. Sicius. Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY.
Peter Maurin: Apostle to the World, by Dorothy Day with Francis J. Sicius. Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY.
Praying With Dorothy Day, by James Allaire and Rosemary Broughton. Word Among Us Press, Ijamsville, MD.
Peace Be With You, by Eileen Egan. Wipf and Stock, Eugene, OR.
*Peter Maurin: Gay Believer, by Arthur Sheehan. Hanover House.
Peter Maurin: Prophet of the Twentieth Century, by Marc Ellis. Paulist Press, Mahwah, NJ.
*Proud Donkey of Schaerbeck: Ade Bethune, Catholic Worker Artist, by Judith Stoughton, CSJ. North Star Press, St. Cloud, MN.
Reluctant Resister, by Jeff Dietrich. Unicorn Press (available from the LACW).
*A Revolution of the Heart: Essays on the Catholic Worker, edited by Patrick G. Coy. Temple University Press, Philadelphia, PA.
Searching for Christ: The Spirituality of Dorothy Day, by Brigid O’Shea Merriman, OSF. University of Notre Dame Press, South Bend, IN.
Sharing the Bread of Life: Hospitality and Resistance at the Open Door Community, by Peter Gathje. The Open Door Community, Atlanta, GA.
*A Spectacle Unto the World, by Robert Coles and Jon Erikson. Viking Press.
The Cry of the Poor: Cracking White Male Supremacy-An Incendiary and Militant Proposal, by Eduard Loring. The Open Door Community, Atlanta, GA.
The Festival of Shelters, by Eduard Loring. The Open Door Community, Atlanta, GA.
Thérèse, by Dorothy Day. Templegate Publishers, Springfield, IL.
Touching the World: Christian Communities Transforming Society, by Daniel McKanan. Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN.
Voices from the Catholic Worker, by Rosalie Riegle Troester. Temple University Press, Philadelphia, PA.
Weapons of the Spirit, by Fr. John Hugo. Our Sunday Visitor Press, Huntington, IN.
A Work of Hospitality: The Open Door, 1982-2002, edited by Peter R. Gathje. The Open Door Community, Atlanta, GA.
*Wings of the Dawn, by Stanley Vishnewski. Catholic Worker Books.
A Year at the Catholic Worker, by Marc Ellis. Baylor University Press, Waco, TX.
*Your Ways Are Not My Ways, and The Gospel of Peace, by Fr. John Hugo. Available from Cecelia Marie Lyons, 3 Loretta St., Latrobe, PA 15650

    This list was reprinted from The Catholic Worker – August-September 2008 issue, and periodically updated.

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2 comments

  1. Toni Eatros

    Good Books! There are as well available books like Daily Bread. Charles Swindoll’s books and Leadership devotionals. There are as well Maxwell’s books. This could help the workers and will open their eyes to the truth. More readings will give the catholic workers a good spiritual growth. Please try to consider checkin’ these spiritual growth sources.

  2. peter

    Excellent and enlightening read. Thank you for the words and now for the experience and practice…

    peter

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