Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton

"Thomas Merton Trappist 1915-1968" by Dorothy Day

Thomas Merton's obituary in the December 1968 Catholic Worker, written by Dorothy Day.

Social activist, author, and co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, Dorothy Day was a profound influence and mentor for Merton. Merton especially respected her commitment to non-violence and to the poor. A complex and dynamic figure, she espoused politically leftist views, while maintaining a traditional faith in Catholicism. Though they never met in person, Day and Merton corresponded regularly between 1956 and 1968. Merton wrote many articles for The Catholic Worker. When he died suddenly in December 1968, Day wrote this obituary which ran on the front page of The Catholic Worker. She includes excerpts from some of their correspondence.