First Advisor

David Johnson

Date of Publication

Summer 8-16-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in History




Priests -- Biography, Church renewal -- Oregon -- Portland -- 20th century, Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon



Physical Description

1 online resource (v, 82 pages)


This thesis is a biographical study of the life and work of Monsignor Thomas J. Tobin, a priest of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. It covers his leadership in the labor movement during World War II, his participation in the Liturgical Movement, and his efforts to bring the Catholic Church in Oregon into ecumenical dialogue with other Christians. It culminates in his involvement in the Second Vatican Council. His activism can only be truly understood within the context of Oregon's vibrant progressive movement, a movement that carried disproportionate influence in a state that was in many ways politically conservative at the time. In the midst of the exigencies of the Second World War, Tobin's efforts were well-received in the world beyond the Church. However, after the war the public began to lose interest in the reform efforts he championed. At the same time, he enjoyed tremendous success as a reformer within the Catholic Church of Western Oregon.

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