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.