OBITUARY: Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J., Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Passes Away at Age 94

Jan 21, 2020

Remembering a True Advocate for Peace

Peace Church deeply mourns the loss of Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J., a prominent figure in the peace movement and a steadfast advocate for social justice. Serving as a guiding light to countless individuals around the world, Fr. Berrigan dedicated his life to spreading the message of peace, reconciliation, and nonviolence.

A Lifetime Devoted to Peace

Born on May 9, 1921, in Virginia, Minnesota, Daniel J. Berrigan entered the Society of Jesus in 1939. Throughout his life, he remained committed to the teachings and principles of the Catholic Church, striving to make a positive impact on society.

Fr. Berrigan's journey as a peace activist gained widespread recognition in the 1960s during the Vietnam War era. Alongside his brother, Philip Berrigan, he actively protested against the war and spoke out against violence and injustice. Their unwavering commitment to nonviolent direct action inspired many, leading to significant changes in public opinion.

The Power of Words and Actions

Fr. Daniel Berrigan's eloquence as a writer and speaker was instrumental in conveying his message of peace to people from all walks of life. His thought-provoking writings served as a catalyst for social change, encouraging individuals to question systems and structures that perpetuated violence.

He often emphasized the importance of stepping outside our comfort zones and challenging the status quo in order to bring about meaningful transformation. Fr. Berrigan believed that peace was not merely the absence of conflict but the presence of justice and equality.

Commitment to Social Justice

Fr. Daniel Berrigan's relentless pursuit of justice extended far beyond the Vietnam War era. He continued to fight for social justice throughout his life, using his platform to raise awareness about issues such as nuclear disarmament, poverty, and racial inequality.

His activism focused on dismantling systems of oppression and promoting inclusivity, making him an influential figure in the civil rights movement and an inspiration to generations of activists striving for a more just and equitable society.

A Legacy of Inspiration

Fr. Berrigan's teachings and actions continue to resonate with individuals across the globe. His peaceful protests and unwavering dedication to nonviolence have shaped the conversations surrounding peace and justice, leaving an indelible mark on the world.

Peace Church, true to its values, celebrates the life and legacy of Fr. Daniel Berrigan, recognizing his lifelong commitment to fostering a world ruled by compassion, understanding, and harmony. We honor his tireless efforts to bridge divides and encourage dialogue, seeking to follow his example in promoting peace within our community and beyond.

In Remembrance

As we bid farewell to a beloved teacher of peace, let us carry forward Fr. Daniel Berrigan's mission in our lives. Through acts of kindness, advocacy, and a commitment to justice, we can uphold his vision of a world where peace prevails.

Join us in remembering Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J., as we honor his memory and strive to transform our society into one that cherishes and nurtures peace.

Rest in peace, Fr. Daniel Berrigan. Your spirit of compassion and dedication to peace will forever inspire us.