USF to Host Dorothy Day Conference

March 9, 2015

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The University of Saint Francis will host an international conference focused on the famous Catholic convert and social activist Dorothy Day on its Fort Wayne campus, May 13-15. A large attendance by noted scholars and Catholic representatives is anticipated.
The conference will explore both Dorothy Day’s life and her contemporary significance for the Church. Day (1897-1980) was famously eulogized as “the most significant, interesting and influential person in the history of American Catholicism.” Her life embodied the recent call of Pope Francis to build “a poor Church for the poor”—and her combination of political radicalism with Catholic orthodoxy is believed to have the potential to lead the Church beyond the categories of “liberal” and “conservative” in its engagement with American culture and politics.
“The University of Saint Francis is honored to have the opportunity to host such an important conference,” said Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF, university president. “We look forward to welcoming our many distinguished visitors to this exciting celebration of the life and legacy of Dorothy Day.”
In addition to more than 45 scholars and Catholic workers, plenary speakers include:

  • Robert Ellsberg – publisher and editor
  • Martha Hennessy – granddaughter of Dorothy Day
  • Brandon Vogt – Catholic writer and speaker
  • Kathryn Jean Lopez – senior fellow at the National Review Institute

Most Reverend Jose H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, the second largest diocese in America, will give the conference keynote address as a free public lecture. Archbishop Gomez will be presenting, “A Time for Saints: Dorothy Day and the 20th Century Church,” on May 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 West Berry Street, Fort Wayne. No reservations are required to attend this lecture.
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The University of Saint Francis is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015. Founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, USF offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, the university designs focused curriculum for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point, and online. Currently 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.