Father Bob Begin is a native Clevelander from a large Catholic family. In this interview, he discusses growing up in Cleveland and the forces that impacted his decision to become a priest. Father Begin discusses the changes that occurred in the Catholic Church as a result of Vatican 2 and how those changes influenced his own ministry. He also discusses his involvement in anti-Vietnam activism. His activism included taking over a midnight mass at St. John's Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio and breaking into the Dow Chemical offices in Washington D.C. as part of the D.C. 9. Father Begin discusses the reasons for getting involved in Vietnam protests and his commitment to reforming the Catholic Church from within. He also describes how his superiors in the Catholic Church, as well as his own family, questioned his decisions and the tension his actions caused.


Begin, Bob (interviewee)


Morris, Chris (interviewer)


Protest Voices



Document Type

Oral History


103 minutes

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