Ambassadors of God: Selected Obituaries from The Catholic Worker

Ambassadors of God: Selected Obituaries from The Catholic Worker

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In a world I won't see, but I wish I would, the biographies of some others here, including a few whom we serve lunch to, would be written and be read as eagerly as you say one of me would be read. --Dorothy Day

Ambassadors of God is a collection of remarkable obituaries taken from The Catholic Worker newspaper. Rich in anecdote, detail, and unexpected humor, they tell stories of men and women, living in poverty and distress, who were part of the New York Catholic Worker community. Written between 1936 and 2012, these essays shed light on people who might otherwise have been forgotten, but whose lives had a great impact on those who knew them and loved them.

The Catholic Worker and the movement that grew out of it were founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin. As Catholics, they sought to live out the Works of Mercy, following the Gospel and the example of the saints. Even years after their deaths, the movement continues to welcome the poor and the stranger in a spirit of nonviolence. These obituaries honor those who came to the doors of The Catholic Worker in great need, and they offer a meditation on our shared humanity.

""The beautifully written, often inspiring, and always fascinating obituaries in this volume are not about death, but about life, specifically, the lives of the men and women--holy, not so holy, and trying to be holy--who passed through the doors of the Catholic Worker Houses of Hospitality. Why not come to know some of the saints who are already praying for you from their posts in heaven?""
--James Martin, SJ, author of My Life with the Saints

""A most unusual and beautiful book! Those remembered are a gallery of diverse characters touched with pathos and illness, humor and creativity, sin and grace. The writing lifts each one up with rich concreteness. Their lives give new meaning to the dignity of being a human person, a child of God, in every kind of circumstance. Read it and be inspired.""
--Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, author of Creation and the Cross: The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril


""A classic piece of Catholic literature is The Lives of the Saints. What the Catholic Worker community has assembled here is an equal testament to the saintly lives of those who have crossed its threshold and brought heaven a little closer to this broken world.""
--Martin Sheen, actor and activist

""Open these pages to discover, or reconnect with, the meaning of life. It is not what we accomplish or amass. It is not our great works. It is who loves us, who grieves our deaths, who keeps saying our names. The people memorialized in this book built no fortunes but they lived, they mattered, they are remembered. This gentle reminder comes at the right time; amid the casual brutality and callous disregard that marks this epoch, we are invited to a new level of tenderness and awareness to the people around us.""
--Frida Berrigan, author of It Runs in the Family

""Ambassadors of God is the story of the heart of the Catholic Worker. This beautifully curated collection of obituaries gives us what no historical or theological study can do--it brings to life a community of souls who have lived complicated and wounded lives, often battling alcoholism or mental illness or both, yet who are also full of a generous, strong, and luminous humanity, valuable beyond reckoning.""
--Kate Hennessy, author of Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty

Dan Mauk is a retired nurse who lives with his husband in New York City.

Amanda W. Daloisio is an associate editor of The Catholic Worker and has been part of the New York City Catholic Worker community since 2002. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Terry Rogers is a retired community health nurse. She has lived in or near the New York City Catholic Worker community since 1971.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498239509
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/24/2018
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Dan Mauk is a retired nurse who lives with his husband in New York City. Amanda W. Daloisio is an associate editor of The Catholic Worker and has been part of the New York City Catholic Worker community since 2002. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Terry Rogers is a retired community health nurse. She has lived in or near the New York City Catholic Worker community since 1971.

Table of Contents

Foreword Robert Ellsberg ix

Introduction 1

Cold and Hunger 3

Mr. Breen 4

Stephen Hergenhan 8

Big Dan Is Dead 12

Josephine Jean Forest 15

Mike Herniak Bob Gilliam 17

More about Smokey Patrick Jordan 20

Catherine Tarangul, A Lament Steve Nowling 24

John McMullan Patrick Jordan 27

Joseph Johnston, Our Gentleman Friend David Beseda 31

Earl Ovitt Patrick Jordan 33

Harold Henry Gay Gary Donatelli 35

GaryLeib Bill Griffin 37

Michael Malinowski Marc Fryer 41

Johanna Katharine Temple Candy Clarke 44

Elinore Hayes Katharine Temple 48

Linda Cruickshank Meg Hyre 51

Lena Rizzo Jeannette Noel Mike Harank 56

Trinidad Marie Tim Lambert Katharine Temple 61

Katie Campbell Jo Roberts 65

Preston Colby Lewis Jane Sammon 67

James Taylor Joe McKenzie-Hamilton 73

Thomas Masciotta Carmen Trotta 75

Bobby West, #731 Katharine Temple 81

Carmen Hernandez Sabra McKenzie-Hamilton 85

Our Sister Jeanette Chin Tanya Theriault 88

Mr. Wong Matt Vogel 93

Mattie Robinson Tanya Theriault 96

Jane Kesel Geoffrey Gneuhs 100

Clarice Adams Joanne Kennedy 105

Erich Probst Joe Sabra McKenzie-Hamilton 109

Venante Martin Tanya Theriault Matt Vogel 113

Natale Pace Siobhan O'Neil 118

Theodore Roosevelt Ridlon Tom Cornell Ralph Dowdy 123

Evelyn Dudley Joanne Kennedy 127

Roland D'Arcangelo Carmen Trotta 130

Blanche Sargent Felton Davis 136

Joseph P. Foth Joe McKenzie-Hamilton 141

Charles Payne Silke Tudor 145

Acknowledgments 149

Addendum 151

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