Kate Hennessy is a writer whose most recent work, Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother, won a Christopher Award for helping to “affirm the highest values of the human spirit,” in addition to being chosen by the Chicago Tribune for best spiritual writing of 2017. Kate worked in collaboration with the photographer Vivian Cherry on Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker: The Miracle of Our Continuance, and her work has been included in Best American Travel Writing.


Kate attended New York University and the School for International Training in Vermont. She has traveled and worked around the world, including at an international summer camp in the former USSR, and as an ESL Teacher in Guatemala and to Tibetan refugees in India. She also walked 750 kilometers on el Camino de Santiago in Spain. Kate and her husband, Garry Jones, a musician and artist, divide their time between Vermont and Ireland.

I am done with great things and big things, great institutions and big success, and I am for those tiny invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which, if you give them time will rend the hardest monuments of man’s pride. 

William James