| Reflections: Remembering Bishop Begin
Bishop Floyd L. Begin
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Diocese of Oakland this year, we remember our first bishop of Oakland, Floyd L. Begin.
My husband Phil and I met at Oakland City College in the fall semester of 1962. We both joined Chi Rho, the Catholic club for students. The following year, Newman Hall groundbreaking ceremonies in Berkeley were led by Bishop Begin. It was followed by a banquet at the then new Kaiser Center in Oakland.
In 1966, Bishop Francis Zayek, the Marionite Catholic bishop, came to Oakland. When my parents, George and Alice Sayegh, hosted Bishop Zayek and the Lebanese community at our home, Bishop Begin invited Bishop Zayek as his guest in his home in Piedmont. Among our guests that day were Brother John Samaha, SM, and his sister, Sister John Marie Samaha, SHF.
Sadly the last time I saw Bishop Begin was in the summer of 1976. The bicentennial celebration of the DeAnza Expedition was being held at Lake Merritt. I took our three young children to attend that historic event. There, we saw Bishop Begin in his white attire, standing on a mount. It was a truly special vision of a great and dignified man.
— Rolly Mary Dobbins, Oakland
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