Daniel Berrigan, American Roman Catholic priest and peace activist, Died at 94

Daniel J. Berrigan, S.J. was born on May 9, 1921, and died on April 30, 2016.

He was an American Roman Catholic priest, counterculture peace activist, and poet.

Daniel was a lifelong devotee of Notre Dame, he joined the Jesuits directly out of high school in 1939 and in 1952 was ordained to the priesthood.

Berrigan was assigned to teach theology at the Jesuit Brooklyn Preparatory School, in 1954.

During 1957, Daniel Berrigan was appointed a professor of New Testament studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.

In the same year, Daniel won the Lamont Prize for his book of poems, Time Without Number.

He generated a reputation as a religious radical, working actively against poverty, and on changing the relationship between priests and laypersons.

During his time at Le Moyne, he founded its International House.

Between 1966 to 1970, he was appointed the assistant director of the Cornell University United Religious Work (CURW), the umbrella organization for all religious groups on campus, including the Cornell Newman Club, later the Cornell Catholic Community, eventually becoming the group’s pastor.

He in New York City until his death and taught at Fordham University in addition to serving as its poet-in-residence.

Daniel Berrigan appeared briefly in the 1986 Warner Bros. film, The Mission, playing a Jesuit priest, and also served as a consultant on the film.

Daniel Berrigan passed away at 94 yrs old.