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Daniel Berrigan Center for Art and Activism

On April 7, 2017, family and friends of the priest, poet, and activist Dan Berrigan, SJ, hosted the grand opening of the Daniel Berrigan Center for Art and Activism at Benincasa Commuity. The Center is dedicated to following the example of Prayerfulness, Nonviolent Resistance, Healing Hands, and Community exemplified by Dan and others committed to the movement for peace and collective liberation in our world.

About the Daniel Berrigan Center for Art and Activism @ Benincasa Community

We offer groups of activists, organizers, students, and seekers space to gather, work and/or hold events. The D.B. Center consists of 2 large rooms with WiFi. The first holds up to 20 people and feels like a lounge with a whiteboard, 2 couches, tables, chairs and a television. The second is the convent’s old chapel. It is a “movable space” that can be left open or seat up to 30 people in folding chairs. The D.B. Center has a small kitchenette with dishes, bowls, silverware, a sink, and 2 mini refrigerators. There is also a restroom on the D. B. Center floor. We ask that groups using the D.B. Center supply their own breakfast & lunch (“cold” meals like cereal, fruit, or sandwiches). Benincasa Community provides D.B. Center guests with a “hot” dinner at 7pm.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many people can stay overnight at Benincasa Community?

We can accommodate up to 12 people comfortably for overnight stays.

What type of welcome orientation is offered when entering the space?

We greet you with open arms, soft drinks and snacks. Please allow us 30 minutes to welcome you, orient you to the house, and introduce you to our community.

What else should we know about meals and cooking?

We do not offer use of our kitchen to groups on retreat, unless the retreatants would like to help with dinner preparation. The D.B. Center does, however, have an electric tea pot, coffee pot, microwave, and refrigerators. We aspire to provide you with a dinner you’ll enjoy – please tell us about your preferences and needs, including, of course, allergies and dietary restrictions.

What type of programming is offered by the Benincasa Community?  

Some groups simply need space; others are seeking support with reflection and/or community develop. We often offer a workshop about integration and balance of our four “pillars”. We are happy to build a workshop or programming for your groups’ needs and desires.

Are there any regular prayer services in the community?

We pray together daily and welcome guests to join us. Please ask if you would like more information about our prayer practices and schedule.

For all other inquires... 

Please contact Karen Gargamelli-McCreight at

General Information

Location & Transportation   

133 W 70th Street, New York, NY 10023

Manhattan’s Upper West Side: 1, 2 or 3, C, B trains to 72nd Street


Unfortunately, our home is not accessible for those in wheelchairs or unable to climb stairs.

Fees and costs for the D.B. Center  

Please contact Karen ( directly for more information regarding overnight and day-long stays.

When I'm Gone

by Phil Ochs

Sang during the opening on April 8.


by Daniel Berrigan (to the Plowshares 8, with love)

Some stood up once, and sat down.
Some walked a mile, and walked away.

Some stood up twice, then sat down.
“It’s too much,” they cried.
Some walked two miles, then walked away.
“I’ve had it,” they cried,

Some stood and stood and stood.
They were taken for fools,
they were taken for being taken in.

Bread and Roses

Sang by Pat Humphries and Sandy O

Some walked and walked and walked –
they walked the earth,
they walked the waters,
they walked the air.

“Why do you stand?” they were asked, and
“Why do you walk?”

“Because of the children,” they said, and
“Because of the heart, and
“Because of the bread,”

“Because the cause is
the heart’s beat, and
the children born, and
the risen bread.”