Frida Berrigan, Author & Activist, to Speak at Trinity Cathedral

Contact: April Miller, 216-774-0479,

Frida Berrigan as well as her mother, Liz McAlister, are available for interviews. 

Author and Activist Frida Berrigan Visits Trinity Cathedral
Wednesday, March 25  7:30 p.m.

CLEVELAND – Frida Berrigan, daughter of Liz McAlister and Phil Berrigan and author of It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing Into Rebellious Motherhood, visits Trinity Cathedral on March 25. All are welcome to this free event.

Frida’s parents, a Roman Catholic nun and priest, founded Jonah House in 1973. The Christian-based community of peace activists still exists today. It was in this resistance community in Baltimore that Frida and her siblings were raised. She went to protests with her parents and her younger sibs, Jerry and Kate, from the time she was old enough to hold a sign or Kate!

Her father—a member of the Baltimore Four in the 1960s—was known for dramatic acts of civil disobedience such as protesting lives lost in the Vietnam War by pouring blood over draft records in the Baltimore Customs House.

Frida serves on the board of The War Resisters League, a 90-year-old pacifist organization, and helped to found Witness Against Torture, a nonviolent direct action group focused on shutting down Guantánamo and ending torture. She long served as a researcher at the New America Foundation’s Arms and Security Initiative in New York City, writing and speaking on the topic of militarism. She lived at the New York Catholic Worker before moving to New London, CT with her husband Patrick Sheehan-Gaumer. Patrick is a social worker, second-generation peace activist and father to their 7-year-old daughter Rosena Jane. Their son Seamus Philip was born in July 2012 and Frida became a stay-at-home mom. Their daughter Madeline Vida was born in February 2014. While the baby naps or plays, she writes the “Little Insurrections” blog for Waging Nonviolence, tends a few plots at the community garden and helps keep a busy household on its toes.

Following her talk, Frida will sign copies of It Runs in the Family. Prior to the talk, join us for Choral Evensong at 6 p.m. followed by community supper ($5 donation).

Praise for It Runs in the Family:
“A moving chronicle of the things that make for love and peace, elegantly written by a woman who knows more than most about both. How to balance family, children, intimate partnership with urgent rescue of the gravely endangered planet? With wit, stark honesty, and deep compassion, Frida Berrigan suggests a simple answer, drawing on the bliss and grit of her own life as a mother — and as an activist. …This book matters enormously.”
—James Carroll, author, Christ Actually: The Son of God in the Secular Age

Trinity Cathedral is located at 2230 Euclid Ave. The Cathedral’s parking lot entrance is on Prospect Avenue at East 22nd Street. Parking is free. For more information, visit or call 216-771-3630.

About Trinity Cathedral:
Trinity Cathedral, the Episcopal Church in downtown Cleveland, invites participation from people of all faiths, races, nationalities and walks of life. For more information on Trinity Cathedral and its programs, please call 216-771-3630 or visit Trinity Cathedral is located at 2230 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland.