We are honored to host Robert Ellsberg for this program which will focus on the life and work of Dorothy Day (1897-1980), founder of the Catholic Worker movement. In her life, her radical stances on issues of peace and justice made her a somewhat marginal figure in the U.S. Church. But her cause for canonization is now in process and in his address to Congress in 2015, Pope Francis singled her out as one of “four great Americans,” who offer us a new way of “seeing and interpreting reality.” Robert Ellsberg, who worked with Dorothy Day in the late 1970s, has edited three volumes of her writings, and has worked for over three decades to promote her work. Aside from recounting her story, he will cover the distinctive elements of her spirituality, and why she represents a “saint for our time.”
Robert Ellsberg is the Publisher of Orbis Books. He worked for five years with Dorothy Day in the 1970s, has edited her writings, and worked to promote her cause for canonization.
Robert’s Dorothy Day books as editor:
Dorothy Day: Selected Writings, The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day, All the Way to Heaven: Selected Letters of Dorothy Day
Robert’s books as author:
Blessed Among Us: Day by Day with Saintly Witnesses, All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time, The Saints’ Guide to Happiness