“Philip Berrigan’s Christian ministry and prophetic witness sparkle in this courageous and visionary book! Brad Wolf has given us a magnificent gift that keeps alive the great legacy of one of the greatest spirits of light in our dark and dim times!”
- Cornel West
Union Theological Seminary
“A Ministry of Risk is an apt title for the compiled writings on peace, war and social justice by my friend, the American peacemaking icon Philip Berrigan. The radical Gospel truth of the Beatitudes flows from these pages because Phil lived every word of them. I hope this powerful book will be read far and wide and inspire a new generation to stand up and take action for peace and disarmament like Phil.”
- Martin Sheen
Actor and activist
"This superb collection of writings by Philip Berrigan, by turns provocative, challenging and inspiring, marks the return of one of the greatest voices for peace, nonviolence and reconciliation of our time."
- Father James Martin, SJ
Author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage
Experience the powerful legacy of
nonviolent resistance to war and empire.
From the battlefields of World War II to the front lines of peace activism, Philip Berrigan evolved from soldier to scholar, priest to political prisoner. Confronting the fundamental nature of America's military-focused culture, Berrigan took an unyielding stance against societal evils—war, systemic racism, unchecked materialism, and the baleful presence of nuclear weapons. Imprisoned by his government and ostracized by his Church, Berrigan’s life is a courageous example of nonviolent resistance and liberation in the face of overwhelming odds.
A Ministry of Risk is the definitive collection of Philip Berrigan’s writings. Authorized by the Berrigan family and arranged chronologically, these writings depict the transformation of one revolutionary soul while also providing a firsthand account of a nation grappling with its martial obsessions.
Threading the vibrant fabric of history with autobiographical insights, introspective theology, and a clarion call to activism, A Ministry of Risk offers both a living manifesto of nonviolent resistance and a journal of spiritual reflection by one of the 20th Century’s most prophetic voices.
Philip Berrigan, an American peace activist and Catholic priest, spent 11 years in prison for advocating nonviolent resistance to war. Notably part of the Baltimore Four and Catonsville Nine, he protested wars from Vietnam to Iraq. The author of numerous books, he was a Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
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