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Thomas Merton and the Catholic Worker

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A selection of unpublished articles written by Thomas Merton for The Catholic Worker between 1954 and 1968. Also included are reviews of books by Thomas Merton that appeared in The Catholic Worker, and a reflections on his impact after his death in 1968. Thomas Merton wrote many articles for the Catholic Worker over the years, and most now appear in published books. 

In 1941, Merton had briefly volunteered at Friendship House in Harlem, considered a sister movement of the Catholic Worker, founded by Catherine Doherty. If Catherine Doherthy's influence on Merton's view of advocacy for the poor and for racial equality was stronger during his early years as a writer, Dororthy Day, who also advocated for these causes, became a mentor in Merton's later writings against war.

The Thomas Merton Center houses over 60 letters between Dorothy Day and Merton between 1956 and 1968.

Catholic Worker Breadline Photographs

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At the height of the Great Depression, people turned to the Catholic Worker House on Mott Street in New York for a simple meal to get through some times. On some days, hundreds would show up for bread and coffee, causing lines that would go around the corner.

Dorothy Day often mentioned these breadlines in her editorials in The Catholic Worker. The "feeding, clothing, and sheltering of our brothers" aligned with the Works of Mercy central to the mission of the Catholic Worker.

This gallery pairs Dorothy Day's writings in The Catholic Worker  with photographs from breadlines throughout the years at the Catholic Worker House.