Robert Ellsberg is the publisher of Orbis Books. From 1975-80 he was part of the Catholic Worker community in New York City, and served two years as managing editor of The Catholic Worker paper. He has edited five volumes of Dorothy Day’s writings, including Dorothy Day: Selected Writings, The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day, All the Way to Heaven: Selected Letters of Dorothy Day, and two volumes of On Pilgrimage, from the Sixties and the Seventies.
Summary: Restatement of core Catholic Worker ideals regarding private property, class war, interracial relations, atheism, Marxism, fascism, Communism, materialism, and the role of the state. (The Catholic Worker, May 1936, 1, 6. DDLW #300).
Summary: Recommends daily Mass and Communion as a necessary means of bringing relief to those suffering in war and on the breadlines. Announces the formation of a “Non-Participation League”–refusing to buy from or support unjust companies as a training in voluntary poverty and non-violent resistance. (The Catholic Worker, June 1940, 1, 4. DDLW #361).
Summary: Notes from her diary about operas, Friday night speakers, visitors, phone calls, and friends. (The Catholic Worker, March-April 1980, 2. DDLW #604).
Summary: Working to improve the material conditions of workers is grounded in Christ’s humanity and the reality of the Mystical Body. Relying on violence betrays both workers and the brotherhood of man. (The Catholic Worker, June 1935, 4. DDLW #290).
Summary: Fr. Daniel Lord, who recently died, is remembered for his work with youth in the fields of Catholic Action and contentious objection. Describes her time at the farm attending conferences and caring for her grandchildren. Ruminates about human freedom in relation to involuntary poverty. Keyword: pacifism (The Catholic Worker, April 1955, 2, 7. DDLW #686).
Summary: A collection of vignettes about the unemployed, union efforts, working conditions, wages, education, companies–“The depression goes on.” (The Catholic Worker, May 1933, pages 1, 5)