Berrigan, Philip Francis

Born: Oct 05, 1923 AD
Died: 2002 AD, at 79 years of age.

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.




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