Chicago 1968

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Publication Date

Spring 4-24-2015


Civil rights, Civil rights demonstrations, Civil rights movements, Italian Americans, Chicago, Illinois, Catholic, Italy, Second Vatican Council, anti-war movement, Democratic National Convention, St. Gertrude Parish, Northside Catholic Academy, author, Democratic National Convention, Chicago, Illinois, Church work, Segregation


Cultural History | History | Political History | Political Science | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Social History | United States History


Length: 105 minutes

Interview with Father Dominic Grassi by Paul Brennan


In 1968, Father Dominic Grassi was a seminarian who took part in a rising movement in the church that spoke out and marched in protest against the Vietnam war and the era’s social injustice. He became an ordained priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1973, served as pastor to Northside neighborhoods in Catholic churches, and retired as pastor of St. Gertrude Parish and as president of Northside Catholic Academy, Chicago in 2017. He is also author of several books of short stories he composed for his homilies, several articles, and in 2018, he published his first mystery book.

Please note: A portion of the audio recording is blank between 29:37 and 30:31. However, the transcript does reflect the lost recording between lines 298-306.

The interviewer conducted this oral history as part of his/her coursework for the Spring 2015 class, Oral History: The Art of the Interview. This project was completed in collaboration with the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago and the College Archives & Special Collections department at Columbia College Chicago. Contact for more information.

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