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Berrigan, Philip Francis

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Born: 1923 AD
Died: 2002 AD, at 79 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Clergymen, Pacifist

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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.

 

 

 


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