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Oct. 19 documentary will explore life of Dorothy Day, lives of Catholic Workers

“A Revolution of the Heart: The Story of Dorothy Day,” a documentary, will be shown free at Rockhurst University’s Arrupe Hall at 7pm on Tues., Oct. 19 (directions are below). In the 57-minute film, Sister Simone Campbell of Network says, “She annoyed people because she challenged them.”

Want to be annoyed?! Then come see the film (a link is below) and hear reflections from Catholic Workers. Dorothy co-founded the Catholic Worker movement, and several KC-area communities follow in her footsteps, including Cherith Brook Catholic Worker House, Jerusalem Farm, the St. Lawrence Catholic Worker, and the new Eliza B. Conley House of Resilience. The panel of Catholic Workers will speak after the film. The co-sponsors are Voices and Cherith Brook.

Promo for the film includes this: “Through Dorothy Day’s journey from a young communist journalist to her awakening as the co-founder of the Catholic Worker newspaper and ‘houses of hospitality,’ sheltering and feeding New York City’s homeless during the Great Depression, emerges a portrait of a selfless woman who followed her heart to better the lives of those less fortunate.”

Speakers in the film, playing themselves, include biographer Robert Ellsberg; actors Martin Sheen and Susan Sarandon; Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York; Jim Wallis, editor of Sojourner; and activists Cornell West, Sisters Joan Chittister and Simone Campbell, and Dorothy’s granddaughter Martha Hennessy. Directed by Martin Doblmeier, the film includes archival footage of Dorothy Day and Pope Francis. The film is available at

Directions to Arrupe Hall, Rockhurst University: Use the school’s main entrance at 5401 Troost. The drive curves, and on the left is Arrupe Hall. The hall has seating for 500 people—easy for “distancing”—and wearing a mask is required.

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