Martha Hennessy is the seventh of nine grandchildren to Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement. Now herself a grandmother, Martha serves on the steering committee of the Guild for the Canonization of Dorothy Day. She has traveled to the Middle East, Russia, Europe and Afghanistan in search of peacemaking and cultural understanding and participates in resistance work against war, torture, and nuclear power/weapons. Martha states, "I am committed to the Catholic Worker tradition of welcoming the needy, celebrating the dignity of work and speaking out against war and injustice, all grounded on a foundation of prayer."
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Catholic Peace Fellowship, Notre Dame Peace Fellowship, the Center for Social Concerns, the Institute for Church Life, University Life Initiatives, Global Zero: Notre Dame, Moreau Seminary and the Notre Dame Master of Divinity Program