The Fr. Daniel J. Berrigan, SJ, Jesuit Peacemaking Fund
On April 30, 2016, Fr. Daniel J. Berrigan, SJ, passed away at Murray-Weigel Hall in the Bronx at the age of 94. To honor Fr. Berrigan’s work and continue his quest for peace, the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces established the Fr. Daniel J. Berrigan, SJ, Jesuit Peacemaking Fund. The Fund supports Jesuits and colleagues in the eastern U.S. working to bring peace to their communities, to encourage dialogue on contentious social issues and to help with organizing research, training, and in-person advocacy for issues related to peace.
“As a teacher, poet, spiritual director, mentor and peace activist, Fr. Berrigan constantly asked himself and others: ‘What does the Gospel demand of us?’” said Fr. James Keenan, SJ, director of donor relations for the USA Northeast Province. The Fund has had a number of donors contribute gifts ranging from $15 to $1,000 to remember Dan and to help our works to promote peace.”
More than $4,000 has been distributed to the Benincasa Community, supporting peace and justice programs, Brooklyn Jesuit Prep (the middle school near the site of the former Brooklyn Prep, which is where Dan had taught), the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, the Saint Peter’s University Center for Undocumented Students, and Fairfield University’s Center for Faith and Public Life.