Daniel Berrigan Walt Whitman Martin Sheen Nick Virgilio Edwina Gateley Mother Theresa Thich Naht Hahn Mairead Corrigan Mick Maloney Eugene O’Donnell Barbara Dever Harry Reasoner Othmar Carli Sister Peg Hynes Cesar Chavez Eileen Egan Paddy Doherty Michael Flatley Tommy Sands Lester Conner Father Des Wilson
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Catholic priest, social activist, and poet, born in Virginia, Minnesota, USA. The brother of Philip Berrigan, he entered the Order of the Society of Jesus (1939), was ordained (1952), and after studying in France (where he was influenced by the worker-priest movement), he taught at Catholic preparatory schools until becoming associate professor of theology at LeMoyne College (Syracuse, NY) (1957-62). His book of poems, Time Without Number (1957), won the Lamont Poetry Award.
After serving as assistant editor of Jesuit Missions in New York City (1963-5), he became associate director of United Religious Work (1966-9).
Active in opposing the Vietnam War, he went with professor Howard Zinn of Boston University to Hanoi, North Vietnam to assist in obtaining the release of three American pilots (1968). The diary he kept during this mission, along with 11 poems, was published as Night Flight to Hanoi (1968). With his brother, he gained national attention for destroying draft registration files in Catonsville, MD (1968) and was sentenced to three years in prison (1970), but he went underground for several months until federal authorities arrested him on Block Island (off Rhode Island). After 18 months in prison, he was paroled in 1972 and participated with his brother in the first Plowshares Action (1980), a protest at the General Electric Plant at King of Prussia, PA. Living among Jesuits, writing, and conducting retreats, he was arrested regularly for his protest actions at weapons manufacturers and other sites (1980-92).
He has written over 50 books, including The Trial of the Catonsville 9 (1970), an autobiography (1987), and at least four films.
From Biography on A&E web site