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Berrigan, Philip Francis

Born: 1923 AD
Died: 2002 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Clergymen, Pacifist

US Catholic clergyman and radical pacifist

1923 – Born on the 5th of October in Two Harbors, Minnesota.

1943 – Drafted into combat duty in World War II.

1945 – Served in the artillery during the Battle of the Bulge and became a Second Lieutenant.

Entered a Josephite seminary and became active in the Civil Rights movement.

Marched for desegregation and participated in sit-ins and bus boycotts.

1955 – Ordained as a priest.

He was the first priest in America to be arrested for an act of civil disobedience and was sentenced to 6 years in prison.

1968 – He was released in prison and decided to repeat the protest.

Berrigan was again arrested and was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison.

1973 – Left the priesthood.

1980 – Berrigan, his brother Daniel, and six others began the Plowshares Movement when they entered the General Electric Nuclear Missile Re-entry Division.

         – Arrested and initially charged with over ten different felony and misdemeanor counts.

1990 – After nearly ten years of trials and appeals, the Plowshares Eight were re-sentenced.

1999 – He and others banged on A-10 Warthog warplanes in an anti-war protest.

         – Convicted of malicious destruction of property and sentenced to 2 1/2 years.

2001 – He was released on 14th of December.

2002 – Berrigan died on 6th of December because of cancer in Baltimore, Maryland.

Brother of Daniel J. Berrigan.