About us—

One day in 2013, Ann Tickner was introducing a young soon-to-be-married couple to Block Island. They asked what the Island had been like in the 1970s. “Less discovered then,” Ann said, and recalled that many of the people she had met on the Island had been activists in the peace and social justice movements. She told of climbing a cliff to a lovely spot overlooking the ocean, where she found a seated Daniel Berrigan. Her friends’ interest led Ann, with help from the Block Island Historical Society, to convene some Islanders to gather their stories about their experiences with Berrigan, William Stringfellow, and Anthony Towne. None of this had ever been recorded. Soon a project was born.

Project Team

Dennis A. O’Toole, Project Director  

Susan Hagedorn, Filmmaker

Ann Tickner, Concept Developer and Editor

Amy Jaffe

Trudy O’Toole

Jim Reale

Design Development

Ken Yellis, Exhibition Developer

Brian Jones, Exhibition & Graphic Designer

Karl Rozyn, Researcher


Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson, Chaplain, Brown University

Dr. Daniel Cowdin, Professor, Religious and Theological Studies and Humanities, Salve Regina University

Dr. Jayme Hennessy, Associate Professor of Religious and Theological Studies, Salve Regina University

Jim Wallis, Sojourners

Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellerman, Pastor, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Detroit


The Project Team and Participating venues are grateful for the financial support of

The Charlotte Foundation

The Roosa Fund, Block Island, RI, Patrick Tengwall, Administrator

Seedworks Film Foundation, Block Island, RI, Susan Hagedorn, Trustee

The Puffin Foundation, Teaneck, NJ, Gladys Miller-Rosenstein, Executive Director

Trudy and Dennis O’Toole

Ann Tickner

Amy Jaffe and Eliot Nerenberg

This project was supported by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities,

an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for Humanities.



Seeking Shelter will inspire people in their own communities by sharing the story of William Stringfellow, Daniel Berrigan, and Block Island — a witness of faith, place and resistance.

August, 2018

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