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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.
Book Explores Theology
Of Frances Perkins
Tread the City’s Streets Again is the first book to
explore the theology and vocation of Frances
Perkins, the settlement house worker who went on
to lift millions of Americans out of poverty through
the creation of the Social Security system.
Drawing heavily on her presentations as part of
the St. Bede Lectures at St. Thomas, Fifth
Avenue, in 1948, this book allows Perkins, mostly
in her own words, to explain the theological
foundations of her vocation.
A lay associate of All Saints’ Sisters of the Poor,
Perkins was a devout Episcopalian steeped in the
Anglo-Catholic tradition. As U.S. Secretary of
Labor in the New Deal, she was able to translate
many of the ethical teachings of her tradition into
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