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Obama, Others Cite Frances Perkins
Legacy of Social Security in New Book
President Obama, Donn Mitchell, Jamie Galbraith, and others have
contributed to a volume of essays focusing on Frances Perkins and
her legacy of Social Security.
Perkins, a devout churchwoman,
maintained ties to seven parishes and
was a lifelong associate of All Saints'
Sisters of the Poor. You can learn
more about her here.
|Finest Moment in
Catholic Social Justice
Book Tells Catholic Backstory of
1954 Movie, On the Waterfront
In the famous 1954 movie On the Waterfront, starring
Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint, the actor Karl Malden
delivers a rousing speech to restless dockworkers known as
"Christ in the Shapeup." Fordham University Professor
James T. Fisher has described it as one of the finest
moments in the representation of Catholic social justice
Fisher is the author of On the Irish Waterfront: The
Crusader, the Movie, and the Soul of the Port of New York.
In it, he tells the true story on which the movie was based.
The famous speech was actually delivered on the Jersey
City waterfront in 1948 by the Rev. John M. "Pete"
Corridan was a Jesuit priest attached to the Xavier Labor
School, located at the Church of St. Francis Xavier on
West 16th Street in Manhattan. Although the movie is set in
Hoboken, New Jersey, the actual events took place in the
vicinity of the Chelsea Piers on Manhattan's west side.
Fisher's book refutes the thesis that On the Waterfront was
a metaphor for anti-communism. In fact, it was based on a
true story about organized crime's attempts to undermine
the labor movement and the Jesuits' efforts to resist.
Frances Perkins Day Observed May 13
|Learn about the life and vocation of Frances Perkins:
Last year, an estimated 22 million Americans
were lifted above the federal poverty line
thanks to the work of Blessed Frances
Perkins, whose feast day is observed on
May 13 in the Episcopal Church.
As U.S. Secretary of Labor in the
administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
Perkins, an Anglo-Catholic socialist, was the
driving force behind the creation of the
American Social Security System. It was the
crowning achievement of her long life
dedicated to social and economic justice.
Loving God, we bless your Name for
Frances Perkins, who lived out her
belief that the special vocation of the
laity is to conduct the secular affairs of
society that all may be maintained in
health and decency.
Help us, following her example, to
contend tirelessly for justice and for the
protection of all in need, that we may
be faithful followers of Jesus Christ,
who with you and the Holy Spirt lives
and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.
Collect for Frances Perkins Day from
Holy Women, Holy Men
(Church Publishing Incorporated, 2010)
|May is Labor History Month