March 25, 2011 -- NEW YORK, NY -- Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Archbishop Timothy Dolan celebrated mass at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Greenwich Village at 2:00 in the afternoon on Friday, March 25, 2011. After the mass, the names of the women who lost their lives in the fire were read aloud in the church where many of the young immigrant women who lost their lives in fire were parishioners.
The fire, the single deadliest industrial disaster in New York history, resulted in the death of 146 garment workers, most of them young Jewish and Italian immigrant women who could not escape the building because managers had locked the doors to stairwells and exits.
Archbishop Timothy Dolan called the 100th anniversary "a day of remembering and a day of dreaming." He spoke to decendants of the young victims at Our Lady of Pompei where, he said, "so many of the women came to pray and where so many relatives came to bury them."
"God can bring evil out of good," said the Archbishop. "When we stop dreaming, we lose hope. Out of the Triangle tragedy came the dream of a culture where workers can be treated with respect and dignity."
Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities New York, concelebrated the anniversary mass with Dolan. Earlier in the week, Monsignor Sullivan also commemorated the anniversary of the tragedy on Catholic Charities Sirius Radio show, JustLove. Listen to the recorded broadcast here to listen to Sullivan speak with Dennis Hughes, president of the AFL-CIO, about the historical context of the tragedy and how it affected the labor movement.
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