St. Peter Maurin
Peter Maurin influenced the lives of many persons, some of us still surviving. His philosophy is nowhere better summarized than in William D. Miller’s “The Gentle Catholic Radicalism of Peter Maurin” (Jan.-Feb).
Fifty years later, I still remember Peter talking with a small group at our high school in St. Louis. Peter was so impressive that I’ve read virtually every issue of the Catholic Worker since then.
Those working for the canonization of Dorothy Day may be well-advised to work at the same time for Maurin’s canonization. As Miller’s article pointed out: “On more than one occasion Dorothy Day…called…Peter Maurin a ‘saint and a genius’ and ‘most truly the founder of the Catholic Worker movement.'”
For the interest of your readers, I (not a clergyman but an abandoned husband and father rearing a teenage son) am in the 14th year of what I consider a community nearly like a monastery at its core, originally Anglo-Catholic but now under obedience to an incardinated traditional Roman Catholic priest. I seek to correspond with persons of like mind that this apostolate may grow, in fact become, in liege to Mary our Queen and the See of Peter and under the patronage of St. Thomas Apostle and also St. John Evangelist and Bd. John Henry Cardinal Newman, a new monastic order of interest to all British-heritage people, Anglican and Roman and to be on mission anywhere in the world that it shall please the Holy Father.
I am committed to, and would like to plan with others interested, an order of cloistered and partly cloistered religious and (in the environs) tertiaries revivifying the way the life was lived in the British Isles before the Reformation.
I’d also like to correspond with anyone interested in the contemplative life, anyone interested in ongoing research into pre-Reformation British monastic and Catholic life, and anyone interested in the notable relation of Our Lady to Britain, such as her apparitions at Walsingham and to St. Simon.
Delwyn R. Amerine
Haddonfield, New Jersey
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