KATHY EWING: FACEBOOK LIVE
Kathy Ewing, author of Lead Me, Guide Me: The LIfe and Example of Father Dan Begin will give a presentation on Tuesday, June 23rd at 7 pm. This will be a FB LIve event.
Father Dan Begin spent thirty-five years ministering among those who lived in the poorest neighborhood in one of the poorest cities in America--Cleveland, Ohio. He was one of thirteen children, full of stories of growing up in the fifties and sixties in a hardscrabble household of thirty-seven people on Cleveland's West Side. He was a white priest who was welcomed into the homes (and church communities and funeral homes) of African-American families, as well as those of celebrities and athletes. Father Dan was irreverent, articulate, and wise. When he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2016, at the age of sixty-seven, the meaning of his life and ministry came into sharp focus. "Watch me through this," he told his family, friends, and parishioners. Just as he had always showed us how to live, at the end he showed us how to suffer and die with grace. In Lead Me, Guide Me, author Kathy Ewing describes the friendship she had with Father Dan and the profound effects his life had on her and hundreds of others by simply being an ordinary man who possessed extraordinary goodness and love.
A beautiful, touching memoir that captures so well the essence of Father Dan Begin, a bodhisattva, a laughing Buddha. I remember his bringing small groups of homeless gentlemen to Cleveland Public Theatre. I knew he was coming because I could hear his distinctive laugh coming up the stairs. What a blessing it was to know him and to be in the shadow of his presence. What a blessing to have captured this generous, complex, and wise soul in this eloquent, nuanced work. Thank you, Kathy!
-- James Levin, Founding Director, Cleveland Public Theatre.
Kathy Ewing has written on education, dogs, books and women’s issues for such publications as America, National Catholic Reporter, Belt, The Bark, Brevity, The Millions, and Great Lakes Review. She teaches Latin at Cleveland State University and writing at Case Western Reserve University. Her memoir Missing: Coming to Terms with a Borderline Mother (Red Giant Books) appeared in 2016. She has two grown children and lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, with her husband, John Ewing. She blogs at www.kathyewing.com.