I just came upon the NY Times obituary for Fr. David Kirk of Emmaus House/Harlem in New York City, who reposed last May 23, the week before Pentecost.  The obit is reproduced at Wikipedia. More details at The OCAThis seems to be a website archive/homage of him.  There’s quite a bit about him through Google, including a National Public Radio report after his death.  Memories of him from Fr. John Garvey in the journal of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship, as well as from Albert and Julia Raboteau (see below).

Emmaus House/Harlem continues as a broad community of (formerly) homeless people and others with them – sounding very much like the Catholic Worker movement of Dorothy Day with which/whom Fr. David was also associated – including Albert Raboteau (sometimes officially referred to as Al Raboteau), an Orthodox professor of religion at Princeton University and African-American convert from Catholicism, and his wife Julia.

Emmaus House needs money and other material help, as well as prayers and solidarity.

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  1. BARRINGTON SHILOH HOLIDAY

    FATHER DAVID WAS FAR MORE THAN JUST AMAZING.
    AS HIS PERSONAL ASSISTANT IN HARLEM FOR 9 YEARS; I KNEW THE MAN WHO WAS A LIFE SAVER, FOR SO MANY WHO SEEM TO HAVE FORGOTTEN HIS NAME.

  2. 4854derrida

    Hello

    I’ve just uploaded two rare interviews with the Catholic activist Dorothy Day. One was made for the Christophers [1971]–i.e., Christopher Closeup– and the other for WCVB-TV Boston [1974].

    Day had begun her service to the poor in New York City during the Depression with Peter Maurin, and it continued until her death in 1980. Their dedication to administering to the homeless, elderly, and disenfranchised continues with Catholic Worker homes in many parts of the world.

    Please post or announce the availability of these videos for those who may be interested in hearing this remarkable lay minister.

    They may be located here:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/4854derrida

    Thank you

    Dean Taylor

  3. Leo Peter O'Filon

    Thank you, Dean, very interesting stuff! I’ve heard Day was drawn to Eastern Christian spirituality somewhat, though of course remained a Western Rite Catholic. God be good to her.

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