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A Biography of Dorothy Day
Jim Forest
Dorothy Day (1897-1980), founder of the Catholic Worker movement, and one of the most prophetic voices in the American Catholic Church, has recently been proposed as a candidate for canonization. In this lavishly illustrated biography, Jim Forest provides a compelling portrait of her heroic efforts to live out the radical message of the Gospel for our time.
A journalist and social reformer in her youth, Day surprised her friends with the decision in 1927 to enter the Roman Catholic Church. In the Catholic Worker, which she launched in 1933, she found a way to combine her faith with her compelling commitment to the poor and social justice.
Day and those who joined her devoted themselves to the Works of Mercy while struggling to create a new society "where it is easier to be good." An ardent pacifist, Day was frequently arrested for her protests in the cause of peace and for the rights of workers.
Drawing on Days recently published diaries and letters, Forest chronicles her extraordinary journey, with special stress on the unique spiritual vision that underlay her dramatic witness.
2011 pb 344pp R305.00

Jesuit, social pioneer and AIDS activist in Zimbabwe
Christian Lives in Africa 1

Follow the journey of Ted Rogers SJ, one of the most famous priests in Zimbabwe:merchant seaman torpedoed off the West African coast during World War II; trainee Jesuit for ten years; founder of the School of Social Work in Ian Smith’s Rhodesia; admirer and then critic of Mugabe’s regime; general secretary for the social-action efforts of 80 bishops in southern Africa; and rounding off his 50-year ministry by pioneering a successful peer-education programme to combat AIDS among high school youth. A moving story, told with great charm and wit. The Christian Lives in Africa Series aims at documenting the trajectories of African Christians who left a mark in church and society. All genres including journals, memoirs, correspondence and oral history interviews are considered. The series will disseminate significant texts and documents which are not easily accessible. It will enrich and enlarge the knowledge of African Christianity.
2012 pb 324pp R164.00

John L Sullivan

Fr Odilo Weeger, from the Congregation of Mariannhill Missionaries lived through an era of profound changes, and uplifted and encouraged countless people on the way. Acknowledged as one of Zimbabwe's great personalities, he was a dedicated and devout Catholic missionary, who travelled from Europe, making his way to the brave new world that was evolving rapidly into the 'Jewel of Africa'.
"The author grippingly depicts the tragic Rhodesian war and the Church's heavy losses in personnel and property during the conflict. Such was Fr Odilo's world, a world he had devoted himself to without reserve. This is an adventure story that will keep you reading and, simultaneously, help you understand how God's grace can drive individuals to overcome adversity in the desire to serve the Kingdom of Heaven..."- Michael Shackleton, The Southern Cross Catholic Newspaper, Cape Town

2009/2013 pb 438pp R240.00

Selected correspondence of Denis Hurley
Edited by Philippe Denis, Paddy Kearney and Jane Argall
Christian Lives in Africa series 6

Denis Hurley OMI is widely regarded as the most influential South African Catholic in modern times. He was the youngest Bishop in the world when appointed in 1946 and the longest serving when he retired 45 years later. 
Throughout his long life he was a prolific letter writer, from thousands of his letters to family, friends and a wide range of people in powerful positions. 251 of these letters have been selected for this volume. The letters reveal much about Hurley as a person and give unique insight into the dramatic events in both church and state in South Africa over seventy years.

                                2018 pb 542pp R260.00

Her journey from certainty to faith
Tom Roberts

“Sister Joan Chittister is one of the most powerful women I know. Her power does not come from wealth, celebrity, or office. It is the power that comes from her presence, from values, from beliefs, from within. In this biography, Tom Roberts reveals the long journey she took to find that power. It is a must-read for anyone expanding their faith.” 
—Maria Shriver.
"Simply put, Sister Joan Chittister is one of the great spiritual voices, and great prophets, of our time." - James Martin, SJ

2015 hc 248pp R362.00