April 2023
1Birthday of Frida Berrigan, b. 1974, activist and columnist for Waging Nonviolence
2Palm Sunday
Birthday of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, 1928–1996
4International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., d. 1968
5Passover begins at sundown and ends at sundown on April 13: Orthodox, Hasidic, & other Jews in the Diaspora celebrate the holiday as 8 days ending April 1)
6Holy Thursday
7World Health Day
Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Rwandan Genocide
Feast of St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, Patron saint of school teachers
Birthday of Daniel Ellsberg, b. 1931, Activist and former United States military analyst who precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of U.S. government decision-making in relation to the Vietnam War
Good Friday
9Easter Sunday
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1906-1945: German Lutheran theologian, and anti-Nazi dissident
10Birthday of Dolores Huerta, b. 1930: Labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with César Chávez, co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers
13Birthday of Amy Goodman, b. 1957, Host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,300 public television and radio stations worldwide
15World Art Day
Income Tax Day (U.S.)
16Martin Luther King, Jr. writes “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, 1963
17Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day): Begins at nightfall and ends at nightfall of April 18
21Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Easter Bombings, 2019
Birthday of Helen Prejean, C.S.J., b. 1939: Leading American advocate for the abolition of the death penalty
22Earth Day
25Birthday of Charlene Teters, b. 1952: Native American artist, educator, lecturer, and known for her activism against racism in sports and media on behalf of native peoples:
26Birthday Sr. Joan Chittister, O.S.B., b.1936, Author and renowned international lecturer on social justice, women’s issues, and spirituality in the church and society
Assassination of Bishop Juan José Gerardi, 1922-1998: Human rights defender, assassinated two days after announcing the release of the report on victims of the Guatemalan Civil War, “Guatemala: Nunca Más!”
27Birthday of Coretta Scott King, 1927-2006
Canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II
Day of Silence: Annual day of action to protest bullying and harassment of LGBTQ people
28Birthday of Oskar Schindler, 1908-1974, German spy, and member of the Nazi Party who is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust
29International Dance Day
Feast of St. Catherine of Siena, Patroness of illness, nurses, and fire prevention Arbor Day (U.S.)
World Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
30Anniversary of the death of Daniel Berrigan, S.J., 1921-2016, Vietnam war protester and peace activist International Jazz Day