“The Most Dangerous Time of My Life”

Shawn Francis Peters

in The Catonsville Nine

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827855
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950140 | DOI:
“The Most Dangerous Time of My Life”

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George Mische's turbulent experiences at Allenwood and Lewisburg, along with his earlier work with juvenile delinquents, shaped the career path he charted after his release from federal prison. After serving more than two years behind bars for his role in the Catonsville protest, he devoted his considerable energies to improving the lives of men who had run afoul of the criminal justice system. Dan Berrigan settled permanently in New York City in the mid-1970s and focused much of his activism there. In 2003, he was arrested protesting outside a military recruiting station in Times Square. With war and injustice still so widespread, Berrigan felt that there remained a desperate need for such witnessing. “This is really the most dangerous time of my life,” he said in 2004. Tom Lewis returned to jail periodically because of his ongoing commitment to antiwar and social justice causes. He eventually settled in Worcester, Massachusetts, where his career as an artist and teacher flourished. After being released from prison for his role in the Catonsville protest, John Hogan settled into a tranquil life in New Haven, Connecticut, in which he quietly served others. Tom Melville spent over a decade writing a biography of Father Ron Hennessey, a Maryknoll priest who battled Guatemala's repressive, American-backed oligarchy for many years.

Keywords: George Mische; Dan Berrigan; Tom Lewis; John Hogan; Tom Melville

Chapter.  5580 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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