Taking Root

The Catholic Worker after Dorothy
Practicing the Works of Mercy in a New Generation
Dan McKanan
Liturgical Press, $19.95, 236 pp.

In Catholicism and American Freedom (2003), historian John T. McGreevy described the Catholic Worker as “the most important radical Catholic movement in American history.” At seventy-five, the Catholic Worker is certainly the most long-lived and written-about venture of its kind in American Catholicism. And while this lay movement’s charismatic founders, Peter Maurin (d....

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Patrick Jordan is a former managing editor of Commonweal.