U.S. President Barack Obama tours the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument with Chavez's widow, Helen, in Keene, Calif., Oct. 8.
Catholic News Service
California’s Catholic bishops said they are grateful that a national monument was dedicated to farmworker labor leader Cesar Chavez, who “was profoundly influenced by Catholic social justice teaching.”
Chavez, who co-founded the United Farm Workers union in 1962, “strived to be a good disciple of the Lord Jesus by bringing the kingdom of God to the vineyards, fields and groves of America,” they said.
The monument was dedicated in Keene, the birthplace of the UFW. Thousands were present at the dedication, which included an address by President Barack Obama.
President Obama issued a presidential proclamation establishing what is now known as the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, to be maintained by the National Park Service. The property is known as Nuestra Senora Reina de la Paz, Spanish for Our Lady Queen of Peace. In the UFW, it was known simply as La Paz.