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St. Joseph's Hospitality House

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Where Dorothy Day co-founded the Catholic Worker newspaper

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : East Village
Institution, Education

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From her apartment in the Lower East Side, Dorothy Day (1897-1980) co-founded The Catholic Worker newspaper and two "houses of hospitality" in 1936. Five years later, thirty-two houses of hospitality in twenty-seven cities, providing food, clothing, and fellowship to the urban poor. Day was an activist committed to social reform throughout her life - from radical journalism in her twenties to acts of civil disobedience committed while she was in her seventies. Today, St. Joseph's and Maryhouse (55 East 3rd Street) continue the long tradition of social activism for which the Lower East Side is renowned.

St. Joseph House is proud of its reputation in the East Village/Lower East Side, as the home of the “big bowl,” owing to the generous portion sizes and “good fresh ingredients” which warm the stomachs of the hundreds of visitors who flock to its soup kitchen daily for a free lunchtime meal. “We aren’t...

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Helen Deines, "The Catholic worker movement: Communities of personal hospitality and justice," Social Work and Christianity 35, no. 4 (2008): 429.

Betty Gifford and Bill Gifford, Catholic Worker Daze. (Place of Publication Not Identified: Xlibris, 2008), 35.

Joanne Kennedy, interview by Amy Karwoski, October 15, 2015.

Brian Terrell, "Dorothy Day's 'filthy, Rotten System' Likely Wasn't Hers at All," National Catholic Reporter, April 16, 2012,

Mary Reinholz, "In The East Village, Christian Anarchy Meets Occupy Wall Street," The Local East Village,October 31, 2011,

Local Faith Communities, Documentary Film, directed by Anthony Donovan (2010; New York City), digital online.

“36 East 1 Street, New York 10003,” NYCityMap, The Official Website of the City of New York,


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