Daniel Berrigan, S.J.

Daniel Berrigan, S.J. was born on May 9, 1921, in Virginia, Minnesota. He earned a BA from St. Andrew-on-Hudson, a Jesuit Seminary in Hyde Park, New Jersey, and a MA from Woodstock College in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the author of more than 40 books, including the poetry collection Time Without Number, which won the Lamont Poetry Prize in 1957, given by the Academy of American Poets. (Today this prize is the James Laughlin Award). About his poems, Marianne Moore said, they seemed "as much revealed as written." Berrigan said of poetry, "I think that to put it very simply, poetry worthy of the name is telling us what life is like. What is it like? And that separates it from every other branch of human understanding and knowledge." Berrigan was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1952. His poems reflect his faith, and his life-long devotion to political activism and pacifism. He died on April 30, 2016, in New York City.