Maurin, Peter

Maurin, (Aristide) Peter

(1877–1949) Catholic social activist; born in southern France. After a decade as a Christian Brother (1893–1903), he became an itinerant worker, emigrating to Canada and then the U.S.A. (1911). In 1932 he met Dorothy Day in New York City and helped shape her views; together they founded the Catholic Worker movement, which promoted grass roots social action to aid the poor; he also wrote for the movement's newspaper.
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