Inaugural Berrigan-McAlister Award

DePaul University has established the Berrigan-McAlister Award, to be given annually to a person or organization whose active Christian nonviolence-—like that practiced by Fr. Daniel Berrigan, SJ, Phillip Berrigan, and Elizabeth McAlister—resists injustice, transforms conflict, fosters reconciliation, and seeks justice and peace for all. 

The first Berrigan-McAlister Award will be presented on May 5, 2021 to the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, a group of Catholic activists who engaged in symbolic disarmament of nuclear weapons at the largest nuclear submarine base in the world.  The award ceremony will be followed by a moderated conversation with members of the group.

This inaugural Berrigan-McAlister Award will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Fr. Daniel Berrigan, SJ, who was born on May 9, 1921.

As part of this celebration, there will be a screening online of a new film on the Berrigans entitled, “Devout and Dangerous,” on May 4, 2021.  The film’s director, Susan Hagedorn, and members of the Berrigan-McAlister family will join in this event.

The Berrigan-McAlister Award is sponsored by a variety of units across the university, including the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; the Division of Mission and Ministry; the Department of Catholic Studies; the Program in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies; the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology; the University Library; and the Fund for Church-State Studies.

Advance registration is required via . Admission is free.


Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm

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