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Dorothy Day
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    (November 8, 1897-November 29, 1980)
    Born in Brooklyn, New York
    Anarchist turned Catholic social activist
    Founded the Catholic Worker movement (1933)
    Wrote 'Houses of Hospitality' (1939), 'The Long Loneliness' (1952), 'Loaves and Fishes' (1963) and 'On Pilgrimage: The Sixties' (1972)
    She had an abortion.
    She attempted suicide.
    He common-law marriage to an atheist anarchist ended when she had their daughter baptized as a Catholic.
    Her continued pacifism after Pearl Harbor was so unpopular, it led to fifteen Catholic Worker houses of hospitality closing.
    She wrote passionately about free love in her youth, but denounced the sexual revolution of the 60s.
    She is the subject of a canonization campaign, which is ironic given that she said, 'Don't call me a saint. I don't want to be dismissed so easily.'
    She was arrested for protesting in front of the White House for women's suffrage (1917).
    She founded dozens of Houses of Hospitality to provide shelter, food and clothing for the poor.
    She founded the Committee of Catholics to Fight Anti-Semitism.
    She received the Pacem im Terris (Peace on Earth) Award (1971).
    She was last arrested at age 75, when she was jailed for picketing in support of the United Farm Workers.
    She said, 'You only love God as much as you love the person you love the least.'

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