A Jesuit priest who served for a time as the Dean of Boston College Law School, Father Drinan was the only active priest ever to serve in Congress. He was elected in 1970 on an anti-war platform (beating John Kerry in the Democratic primary) and served for 10 years, until the Vatican told him to chose between Congress and the priesthood. During his tenure he was an active anti-war activist, was the first member of Congress to call for the impeachment of Richard Nixon (for bombing Cambodia), and voted for public funding for abortions. After leaving Congress he served for a time as president of Americans for Democratic Action, and had been teaching at Georgetown University until a few months ago.
He will be missed.