The U.S. bishops will vote this week on advancing the cause for the canonization of Dorothy Day, a 20th century Catholic social activist and tireless advocate for the poor.
The move is being sought by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, as his archdiocese was Day's home from 1916 until her death in 1980.
Ecclesiastical law requires that the bishop pursuing a canonization consult with his regional bishops' conference on whether or not the cause is prudent. Cardinal Dolan is asking for the consultation during the U.S. bishops' general assembly being held Nov. 12-15 in Baltimore.
In 2000, Cardinal John J. O'Connor, then-archbishop of New York, submitted Day's cause for canonization to the Vatican. At that time she was given the title “Servant of God.”