Proclaiming the Dignity of Work
Vol.3, No.1, 1997
National Work Commission, Secular Franciscan Order, U.S.A
Ed & Mary Zablocki, SFO, Chairs, 360 Beard Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214 (716) 838- 4178
Work Commission Members
Terrence McCarthy, Sr. and Ann Devine along with co-chairs, Mary and Ed Zablocki, constitute the National Work Commission. Terry lives in Tucson and is Minister of St. Thomas More Region. He is retired after years of experience in the construction industry in the U.S. and abroad and has sat on both sides of the table in labor-management negotiations. Ann lives in Hazleton, PA and serves as the regional work commission chair for Exaltation of the Holy Cross Region, comprised of eastern rite churches. Ann works for the Custody of St. Mary of the Angels of the Byzantine Franciscans and has received a degree in Franciscan Studies from St. Bonaventure University.
Los Tres Companeros Work Commission Survey
Pauline Cahalan, regional work commission chair for Los Tres Companeros Region in central Texas included a survey in the January, 1997 regional newsletter, Paz y Bien (Peace & Good). Some of Paula's questions to members of her region included: "From what you know of Francis, what do you think he thought of work? How did he see the role of work in his life? Does being a Secular Franciscan have any impact on how you view work? Does it make any difference regarding the kind of work you choose to do? What about how you act at work?" Dignitas looks forward to reporting some of the survey results to you.
A Response from the Disney Company
The last issue of Dignitas addressed alleged abuses of Haitian garment workers by companies under contract to the Disney Corporation. In response to a letter protesting this situation, the Disney Director of Communications replied: