Graffiti on Catholic Worker St. Joseph House in New York City

New York, New York


In New York City, the American Pilgrimage Project has convened conversations among members of the Catholic Worker Movement—the newspaper, community of hospitality, and place of pacifism and nonviolence founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in 1933. Participants in the conversations have included several longtime Catholic Workers who lived and worked alongside Day—who died in 1980—as well as stalwarts of St. Joseph House and Maryhouse, the movement’s two Houses of Hospitality in New York City. The aim of these New York City American Pilgrimage Project interviews is to amass insights about Dorothy Day that will be pertinent to the cause for her canonization as a saint in Rome.

The interviews below were recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. 

Dwayne M'Lean and Emmanuel Hooks

January 6, 2019

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Dwayne M’Lean gave up life as a gang member and became a Christian minister after praying to God for mercy while serving time in prison. In this conversation, M’Lean and fellow church member Emmanuel Hooks discuss belonging to something larger than themselves and reflect on their ministry work to help those in need.

This story was produced by David Dault at Sandburg Media, LLC.

Meir Feldman and Ibad Wali

June 28, 2018

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Rabbi Meir Feldman and Shaykh Ibad Wali both experienced spiritual and personal transformation as they studied to become faith leaders. In this conversation, the friends and colleagues reflect on what motivates their work as religious leaders and consider how faith shapes their outlooks on life.

This story was produced by David Dault at Sandburg Media, LLC

Unintended Consequences: Robert and Christina Ellsberg

May 4, 2015

More stories about: Catholicism Social Justice

In 1969, Robert Ellsberg's father, Daniel Ellsberg, was arrested for publishing the Pentagon Papers. Seeing his father go to prison forced Robert to examine his own beliefs, a process that brought him to join the Catholic Worker Movement, where he met Dorothy Day and became Catholic himself. In this conversation, Robert discusses his development with his daughter, Christina.

This story was produced by StoryCorps.

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