Daniel Berrigan, former resident activist at RCNV in our founding year, widely known nonviolent resister, poet, author, social critic, Jesuit priest, and with William Stringfellow a significant donor towards the RCNV remodel, died April 30, 2016 at age 94.
New York Times article about Dan Berrigan:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/
The Resource Center for Nonviolence, founded in 1976, had a rich history with Daniel Berrigan. Dan Berrigan was the first “resident” at RCNV in April, 1977. The residency program brought people committed to nonviolence to stay for a period of time to share in the life of the Center. Dan spent a month meeting with classes at UCSC, offering several workshops, public lectures, poetry readings, and meeting people informally. He spoke to several hundred people at Page Smith’s “Penny University” at Cafe Pergolesi in Santa Cruz.
Over the years, the Resource Center for Nonviolence maintained a close connection with Daniel Berrigan. He visited several times in those early years, and baptized Ben Kennedy (son of Scott and Kris Kennedy) and Isaac Klotz-Chamberlin (son of Peter and Liz Klotz-Chamberlin) in 1979. Scott Kennedy was a one of a few trustees for the estate of theologian William Stringfellow. Stringfellow owned a cottage on Block Island, RI. Dan was one of the Catonsville Nine, whose members doused Selective Service files in Catonsville, Maryland, with napalm. After Catonsville, Dan had gone underground, eluding the F.B.I. for four months before he was captured on Block Island in 1970. Dan Berrigan continued to live on the Block Island property until only a few years ago. Proceeds from the sale of that property benefited the Resource Center’s Building for the Future campaign.
Evidence for the Prosecution
The boxes of paper ash The size of infant caskets Were rolled in on a dolly, Heaped there like cord wood Or children after a usual Air strike on Hanoi. I heard between heartbeats Of Jesus and his hangman The children’s mouths mewing For the breasts of murdered women The blackened hands beating The box of death for breath.
— Daniel Berrigan, “The Trial of the Catonsville Nine”