Rosalie Riegle: Catholic Worker Oral Historian (CCW Ep 15)

For this 90th anniversary episode, Theo and Lydia interview Rosalie Riegle about the origins of the Catholic Worker, the Catholic Worker’s early involvement with the labor movement, and why the contemporary Catholic Worker has turned to other issues.

In this episode, we talk with Rosalie Riegle, an oral historian who has both lived in Catholic Worker Houses as well as documented their history. Some of her books include Dorothy Day: Portraits by Those Who Knew Her and Doing Time for Peace: Resistance, Family, and Community, and Voices of the Catholic Worker. Today we focus on labor and the labor movement in the Catholic Worker Movement’s history. This is the first of a series of three episodes focused on labor.

One of the lovely and lasting things about the Catholic Worker is you don’t wait for somebody in the big house or New York to do it; if you see a problem, you address it.

Rosalie Riegle


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Coffee with Catholic Workers is a podcast by and about Catholic Workers. Every two weeks, join Lydia Wong and Theo Kayser for a conversation with some of their favorite Catholic Worker folk. Special thanks to sound engineer Chris of Bloomington, IN.

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