Sunday, May 1, 2016

To Absent Friends - Fr. Daniel Berrigan

Fr. Daniel Berrigan

One by one, the seminal figures of the 1960's are leaving us.  Yesterday, Jesuit priest and anti-war and peace activist Daniel Berrigan died at the age of 94.  As my friend Fred Egler put it on Facebook yesterday, "few figures personify the turbulent 60's as well as Father Daniel Berrigan."

He was a thorn in the side of both the American government and the establishment of the Catholic Church, who, along with his priest brother Phillip, actually served time in Federal prison for their actions.  He was such a prominent figure in the counter culture that he was, in fact, the "radical priest" mentioned in Paul Simon's "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" (the things you learn in obituaries!).  His legacy is far greater than that reference, however.

RIP Fr. Dan Berrigan.  "Blessed are the peacemakers....."


  1. Thank you for sharing...I remember the name of Father Berrigan and recall his anti war stance...ofen times it is over looked that most veterans are staunch anti war advocates as well. R I P to a brave man who had the conviction to stand up for what is right.

  2. Well stated, Donn Nemchick.