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Dorothy Day's spirituality highlighted at annual Vianney cookout


Priests enjoy a meal together at this year's annual St. John Vianney cookout at St. John's Seminary, Aug. 4. Pilot photo/Mark Labbe

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BRIGHTON -- Dressed in casual attire, Boston clergy gathered at St. John's Seminary in Brighton, Aug. 4, to see old friends, have good food, and listen to a keynote talk by Father Vin Daily at the annual St. John Vianney Cookout.

Started in 2005 and held yearly around Aug. 4, the Feast Day of St. John Vianney, the cookout provides priests and seminarians with an opportunity to relax and talk in a casual setting. Typically, it features a keynote talk by a fellow priest and a vespers service, followed by a cookout on the seminary lawn.

This year's keynote centered on the spirituality of Dorothy Day, a woman known for her social work and Catholic conversion who is being considered for sainthood, and was given by Father Vin Daily, pastor of St. Gregory Parish and St. Matthew Parish in Dorchester, and St. Angela Merici Parish in Mattapan, who had written his doctoral thesis on Day.

He began by describing Day's early life, highlighting her devotion to the Episcopal Church and her commitment to fixing social problems as a young adult, and touching upon her bohemian lifestyle, which he said eventually led Day into a period of despair.

"But then beautiful things started to happen in her life -- very, very simple and gradual," said Father Daily, noting that she began to be healed by her ever-increasing faith.

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