Day’s granddaughter urges Catholics to speak out against war, injustice

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November 24, 2015

Dorothy Day's granddaughter Martha Hennessy listens to speakers during the 2015 fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore Nov. 17. Hennessy, 60, is one of Day's nine grandchildren. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) See DAY-GRANDDAUGHTER-PARISH Nov. 23, 2015.

Dorothy Day’s granddaughter Martha Hennessy listens to speakers during the 2015 fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore Nov. 17. Hennessy, 60, is one of Day’s nine grandchildren. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

DERWOOD, Md. (CNS) –- Dorothy Day’s granddaughter Martha Hennessy looks a little like her grandmother with her pulled-back white hair, and although she is soft spoken, she likely sounds just like her activist grandmother, too, when talking about helping the poor and promoting peace.

Hennessy spoke about such topics and the influence and memories of her grandmother, who is a candidate for sainthood, at a morning talk Nov. 21 in the church basement of St. Francis of Assisi in Derwood.

Her observations, to a group of about 50 people sitting at long cafeteria tables, were not just sentimental musings but challenges, stressing, for example, that Catholics have a responsibility to respond to violence, poverty and wars.

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