This year, the calendar kept us from celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. It fell on Divine Mercy Sunday, the day the Church beatified Pope John Paul II, which seemed fitting given the late pontiff's commitment to labor.
But, the Faith & Politics Institute nonetheless held its annual St. Joseph the Worker Breakfast at which Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis gave the following speech:
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery
Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis
May 5, 2011
The Faith & Politics Institute
St. Joseph’s Breakfast
Thank you, Robert. For your work here at the Faith & Politics Institute—and all of your efforts to promote democracy around the world.
Thank you, Rev. Farr. For 14 years, your organization has brought together important national leaders to celebrate the dignity of work.
The St. Joseph’s breakfast is such a special event, because it unites political leaders, business leaders, faith leaders and labor leaders for a morning of insight and reflection.
I am so encouraged to see the labor movement unified and ready to fight together for economic justice.
Today, we remember 9/11 as a wake-up call to do more to protect our homeland.