Kate Hennessey to Speak at WJU April 25

WHEELING — Kate Hennessy, granddaughter of Dorothy Day, will visit Wheeling Jesuit University Wednesday, April 25, to talk about her grandmother’s legacy.

Her talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of Wheeling Jesuit’s Center for Educational Technologies. The event is free and open to the community.

Hennessy will speak about her grandmother who was one of the most influential American Catholics of the 20th century. Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, was named one of four Americans of note by Pope Francis when he addressed Congress in 2013. Her cause for canonization is in process.

Hennessy is the author of “Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother.” The book offers a new, in-depth and intimate picture of Day.

“WJU, along with various groups around Wheeling, is proud to welcome Ms. Hennessy. Her grandmother’s deep faith, commitment to justice and care for the most vulnerable and marginalized among us serve as a clear inspiration of what WJU hopes to instill in our students,” said Dr. Andrew Staron, assistant professor of theology and religious studies at WJU.

Hennessey’s talk is sponsored by the WJU Department of Theology. Co-sponsors are the Congregation of St. Joseph, the Catholic Committee of Appalachia, Catholic Charities of West Virginia and the WALS Foundation, as well as Wheeling Jesuit’s Jesuit community, Office of Campus Ministry, Office of Student Development and Department of Fine Arts.


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