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    Daniel Berrigan

    • Poet
    • Priest
    • Peace Activist
    A poet, Jesuit priest, and antiwar activist, Daniel Berrigan (1921-2016) has been called “the conscience of a generation.” He became a household name in 1968, when, along with his brother Philip and seven others, he seized draft records at Catonsville, Maryland, and burned them with napalm, igniting widespread religious opposition to the Vietnam War. “Better the burning of paper than of children,” he told the federal judge who sentenced him to prison.  Read Full Biography

    Undaunted, Berrigan continued protesting. In 1980, again with his brother Philip and others, he launched the Plowshares movement by hammering on nuclear missiles in a symbolic act of nonviolent civil disobedience.

    Daniel Berrigan published over fifty books in his lifetime, including an autobiography, To Dwell in Peace, several collections of his poetry, and scripture commentaries on Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah. He died on April 30, 2016, in New York City at the age of ninety-four.

    Read John Dear's Remembrance of Daniel Berrigan.

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