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Grace Delafield Day Speir (1899-1980) - Catholic Worker odds & ends
May 4th, 2010
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Grace Delafield Day Speir (1899-1980)
Dorothy Day's only sister, Della, was very close to fiction writer, Katherine Anne Porter. Their letters to each other are in the University of Maryland Library Archives. Dela worked for the Quaker organization, The Fellowship of Reconciliation, and later for Margaret Sanger, the birth-control crusader. This was a point of contention between Della and Dorothy but they remained very close all of their lives. More biographical information on Della can be found at UM Archives web site. RS

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 5th, 2010 09:07 am (UTC)

minor correction

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The Fellowship of Reconciliation is not a Quaker organization, though it has some Quaker members. It's interfaith. The US branch, among the oldest, was founded in 1914 by Christians from various Protestant churches. Dorothy Day was briefly on the staff in 1929. Catholic membership grew rapidly beginning in 1964, when the Catholic Peace Fellowship was founded. In the 60s it became an interfaith group. There is now Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim participation.
From:jimforest
Date:May 5th, 2010 09:09 am (UTC)

Re: minor correction

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In posting that correction, I meant to identify myself. Jim Forest
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 9th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
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The children of Della and Franklin Spier (David Spier and Susanna "Susie" Spier) passed away in recent years.
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