John Carr and the National Catholic Rural Life Conference to Receive Monsignor Higgins Labor Advocacy Awards at Annual Labor Mass

September 02, 2003

The National Catholic Rural Life Conference (NCRLC) and John L. Carr, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Secretary for Social Development and World Peace, will receive Monsignor George C. Higgins Labor Advocacy Awards from the Archdiocese of Washington in recognition of their efforts to carry out the Catholic Church’s teaching on the dignity of work and workers’ rights:

Sunday, September 7, 2003
Noon Mass / awards presented at approx. 1:00 p.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, will present the awards to Mr. Carr and to Brother David Andrews, CSC, executive director of the NCRLC. Cardinal McCarrick established the award last year to honor the legacy of Msgr. Higgins, an international leader on worker rights for 50 years who died in 2002.

John Carr has spent 25 years in advocacy and Catholic social ministry leadership. For the past 10 years, Mr. Carr has assisted the U.S. Catholic bishops in implementing Catholic social teaching, engaging Catholics in social action and encouraging recognition of the moral implications of domestic and international policy. He previously was Secretary of Social Concerns for the Archdiocese of Washington.

The Des Moines, Iowa-based NCRLC is being recognized for its leadership and advocacy on behalf of low-wage and exploited immigrant laborers. For 80 years, the NCRLC has been a leading advocate of family farmers, rural communities and the rights of farm workers. Recent work has been educating teenage and female farm workers in the Diocese of Yakima (Washington) on pesticide safety.

Msgr. Higgins assisted the U.S. bishops on social action issues from 1944-1980 before spending 20 years at The Catholic University of America, where he was a lecturer on labor and social ethics. He was instrumental in the early days of the United Farm Workers; a liaison between the Polish union, Solidarity, and U.S. unions in the 1980s; and chair of the United Auto Workers’ Public Review Board, 1946-2000.

Susan Gibbs
Office of Communications
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