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St. Norbert College to Host Screening of New Dorothy Day Documentary

From St. Norbert College, January 9, 2020
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

The FBI once considered Dorothy Day a threat to national security; now the Catholic church is considering her for sainthood. “Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day Story” profiles one of the most extraordinary and courageous women in American history.

A screening of the new documentary will be held Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Fort Howard Theater in the F. K. Bemis International Center on the St. Norbert College campus. The event is free and open to the public. Following the screening, there will be a discussion with the director of the film, Martin Doblmeier.

“Revolution of the Heart” includes rare archival photographs and film footage plus interviews with actor/activist Martin Sheen, public theologian Cornel West, popular author Joan Chittister, Jim Wallis of Sojourners and others.

The film profiles Day, co-founder (along with Peter Maurin) of the Catholic Worker Movement that began as a newspaper to expose rampant injustices during the Great Depression. It soon expanded to become a network of houses of hospitality to welcome the poor and destitute.

Over the years, Day developed her understanding of how to follow the Biblical challenge to be “peacemakers” by resisting all forms of military intervention. She protested America’s involvement in World War II and was severely criticized. Day was arrested multiple times for protesting America’s nuclear buildup and she led nationwide resistance against the war in Vietnam.

Now nearly a century after they began, the number of Catholic Worker houses continues to grow and the newspaper is still speaking truth to power.

For more information on the film screening, contact Robert Pyne, director of the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding at St. Norbert College, at robert.pyne@snc.edu.

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