NEWS RELEASE: Orbis Books, the publishing arm of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, and Villanova University’s Center for Peace and Justice Education will host an event honoring the late Jesuit priest, poet, prophet and peace activist Daniel Berrigan on Sunday, June 9th, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Driscoll Auditorium of Villanova University. The event is free and the public is invited.
James Carroll, former Catholic priest and award-winning author, will be the featured speaker at the event. Carroll, a fellow activist and former priest on the Catholic Left, was a close friend and spiritual brother of Father Berrigan.
The event will include the unveiling of a commissioned 4- by 5-foot oil portrait of Father Berrigan by renowned artist Ruane Manning and a book signing and talk by Jim Forest, author of At Play in the Lion’s Den, a memoir and biography of Father Berrigan, followed by a reception and entertainment by Hollis Payer on fiddle and Rob Curto on accordion.
Since 1970, Orbis Books and its publisher and editor-in-chief Robert Ellsberg, the son of American military analyst and whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg, has offered a wide range of books on prayer, spirituality, Catholic life, theology, mission and current affairs. It addresses a broad readership, exploring the global dimensions of faith, inviting dialogue with diverse cultures and traditions in serving the cause of reconciliation and peace.
Villanova University’s Center for Peace & Justice Education, an interdisciplinary academic program, is informed by the Augustinian mission and Catholic Social Tradition and focuses on issues of social justice and peace.
James Carroll is the author of twelve novels, most recently The Cloister, and eight works of non-fiction, most recently Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age.Other books include the National Book Award winning An American Requiem.
Jim Forest is an American writer, lay theologian, educator, peace activist and the author of many books, including Living with Wisdom: A Life of Thomas Merton.