Dead Man Walking: Religious Leaders Dialogue on the Death Penalty

Join Washington National Cathedral, Catholic Mobilizing Network and Washington National Opera for a powerful evening of music and reflection from today’s diverse faith leaders on the death penalty. The panel discussion will be moderated by Sr. Helen Prejean, author of the book Dead Man Walking, and EJ Dionne, Jr., political columnist for The Washington Post.

Monday, February 6, 2017, 7-8:30 p.m.
Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Free admission with RSVP

Panelists include:

Bishop Frank Dewane—Diocese of Venice, Florida, Chair of the
Justice, Peace and Human Development Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Imam Yahya Hendi—Muslim Chaplain at Georgetown University, Imam of the Islamic Society of Frederick and National Medical Center in Bethesda, MD

Dr. Uma Mysorekar—President of the Hindu Temple Society of
North America

Bishop Mariann Budde—Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Washington

Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero—President of the National Latino
Evangelical Coalition and Pastor of Calvario City Church in
Orlando, FL

Rabbi Hannah Goldstein—Associate Rabbi at Temple Sinai,
in Washington, DC with emphasis on social justice work and
education for all ages

For more information and to register, please click here.

CMN and USCCB Offer Resources for Respect Life Month

Every October, the USCCB and the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty (CMN) dedicate the entire month to reflection, prayer, and advocacy on all life issues, with a special focus on the death penalty.

The USCCB offers a rich variety of resources on every life issue there is. From stem cell research to physician assisted suicide, the Respect Life Program webpage offers the full span of every type of promotional material and resource imaginable. This includes prayer and reflection guides, homily suggestions, a comprehensive catalog of program materials, educational articles, an informational flyer or poster, and more.

While the USCCB provides resources on the full breadth of life issues, CMN focuses on the death penalty and restorative justice. Throughout the month, CMN will be posting and advertising resources such as guides for prayer vigils, homily inspirations, data on the death penalty and more on their Respect Life Month webpage. Specifically for colleges and universities, CMN continually offers three different workshops directed specifically towards college students. The workshop titles include “Living the Year of Mercy”, “A Journey of Faith”, and “From Harm to Renewal”. The themes range from mercy in the criminal justice system, the death penalty, and restorative justice, respectively. Visit the college curriculum page for more information and to get the resources for your campus.

Don’t forget to register for CMN’s annual conference, this year entitled A New Path to Justice, which takes place on November 6 at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Find out more here and stay tuned for updates.

What is your college or university doing to celebrate Respect Life Month? Let us know!

New Resources to End the Use of the Death Penalty

The Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty (CMN) has recently created a number of new educational tools.  Available on the CMN website, the tools may be helpful for faculty or student groups looking to educate the campus community on restorative justice.

Some of these helpful resources include:

CMN has many other resources available to help educate others on Catholic teachings on the death penalty, as well as resources for advocacy work and prayer.

DePaul hosts Death Penalty programming

In the week of April 22-29, 2015, Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., activist and author of Dead Man Walking, will once again visit DePaul for a week’s worth of programming inspired by her work against the use of the death penalty in the United States. Departments from around the university will host panel discussions, class activities, and performances on the topic of death penalty abolition and Sister Helen’s novel. Events include conversations with the Catholic Studies department, the College of Law, the Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies department, and the social work department. For more information, click here.
Want more information?  Read more about ACCU member colleges’ work on the issue of the death penalty and see a compiled list of resources.

Resources on the Death Penalty

The USCCB’s Office on Human Life and Dignity provides news, legislative materials, and educational materials regarding the death penalty on their website.

The Community of Sant’Egidio is a Catholic Lay Community dedicated to peacemaking. As part of its mission to promote peace in the world, this organization stands in opposition to the death penalty. Visit its website to find out more.

Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, is one of the world’s leading advocates against the death penalty. She is the author of several books on this topic, including Dead Man Walking, which became a major motion picture. Visit her website to find out more about her life and work.

The website of Pax Christi International on the Death Penalty shows some of the work this international Catholic peace movement is doing to combat the death penalty.

Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) proclaims the Church’s unconditional pro-life teaching and its application to capital punishment and restorative justice. Visit their website to find resources specific to college campuses.

The Death Penalty Information Center is a national non-profit organization which provides analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. Their activities include preparing reports, conducting briefings for journalists, and serving as a resource to those working on this issue. See their website for more information.

Restorative Justice Conference Hosted by Catholic Mobilizing Network

Forgiveness and healing are the messages at the heart of the Gospel. Restorative justice programs seek to repair the harm caused when a crime is committed. Join Catholic Mobilizing Network for:

“Restore Justice! Encounter and Mercy: A Conference on Restorative Justice”

November 21, 2014

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Catholic University of America

Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center – Great Room B

620 Michigan Ave., NE

Washington, DC 20064

Mass at 8:30 a.m. in Caldwell Chapel – Caldwell Hall presided by

Most Reverend Ricardo Ramirez, C.S.B., Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Las Cruces, NM

The conference will also be live streamed at and you can participate in the conversation via Twitter using the hashtag #restorejustice. To register, click here:

Celebrate Respect Life Month

October is Respect Life month! Mini posters, a one-page flyer, and six articles on various topics (such as adoption, miscarriage, and the link between poverty and abortion) are available from the USCCB to help you mark Respect Life Month on campus and promote the sanctity and dignity of each human life throughout the year. This year’s theme is, “Each of us is a masterpiece of God’s creation.” Printable versions of materials, a statement from Cardinal O’Malley, liturgical resources, and ordering information are available here. Additional materials will continue to be added.