Deacon Greg cast his Catholic news net to my locale for this notice of our parish’s guest speaker on campus last night. Before the committee took Martha Hennessy out for dinner, I had a brief chat with her in the student lounge.
A saintly person unfamiliar to almost every Catholic was known, of course, to the granddaughter of Dorothy Day. After reading Robert Ellsberg’s essay a few years ago, I’ve felt drawn to this man. I have a notion of using his imprisonment as a topic for a chamber opera, a medium more serious than the usual light-hearted American musical.