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Father Daniel Berrigan SJ – Requiescat in pace

Posted by on May 2, 2016

Father Daniel Berrigan SJ died Saturday, April 30, in New York City at the age of 94.

Through my work, I was lucky enough to meet and spend time with Dan Berrigan. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, I saw Dan a lot. More than once he came to my house, led mass in our living room, read poetry at events I organized. And we had some magnificent conversations. (We both liked Henry Miller’s Colossus of Maroussi.)

It’s no exaggeration to say Dan Berrigan was a great man. He was a peacemaker and fought against war in creative and dynamic ways. He tended to the sick and dying. He wrote persuasively and beautifully.

He was huge influence on me. My youngest son is named Daniel because of Daniel Berrigan.

Most of all, I loved Dan Berrigan for his faith, a highly existential faith based on the faintest hopes, as it should be. His spirituality was sober and clear-eyed, yet poetic and compassionate.

In the end, Dan’s life unquestionably pointed to a better world. —Jonathan Parfrey