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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
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.
Maine Parish Dedicates
Icon of Frances Perkins
|This icon of Blessed Frances Perkins was dedicated
on Mother's Day at St. Andrew's, Newcastle, ME.
Newcastle, Maine, May 12, 2014 – “Celebrating the Feast Day of
Frances Perkins in the Episcopal Church,” says the Reverend Lu-
Anne Conner, “is particularly meaningful at St. Andrew’s. Frances
Perkins worshiped here for 60 years, and we continue to look to
her life and achievements for inspiration.
“This year her feast day was made even more memorable by the
dedication of an icon, a gift of the Reverend Amelia Hagen.”
Perkins’ grandson, Tomlin Coggeshall, who is a St. Andrew’s
parishioner and lives at The Brick House in Newcastle – the family
home where his grandmother spent so much time – adds, “My
grandmother would be both thrilled and humbled."
Frances Perkins Center Executive Director Michael Chaney said the
icon reminds us of how she put her work in the world in the
context of working for God.
Heidi Shott, canon for communications and social justice for the
Diocese of Maine, said, "Though I've known about the icon for a
while now, seeing it for the first time up close at St. Andrew's gave
me tender pause. As a lay person whose day job is, in part, to
advocate for social justice in the public square on behalf of the
Episcopal Church, Frances Perkins is an icon to me and has been
for many years. This beautifully written icon is a tangible object to
remind me of what is possible when we use our gifts for God.
The icon was