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Catholic Mobilizing Network is a 501(c)3 that is part of the Congregation of St. Joseph Ministries. The charism of the Congregation of St. Joseph is “all will be one.” The Sisters believe - as does St. Ambrose in his commentary of this past Sunday’s Gospel story of Mary Magdalene washing the feet of Jesus: “She moistens them with her tears ... guilt is washed away, and pardon is granted. The one who loves even the least of God’s people kisses these feet.” (St. Ambrose, Letter 62)
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In this June 2013 newsletter you will find:
KENTUCKY CATHOLICS: EDUCATION AND CONVERSATION CHANGING HEARTS AND MINDS ON THE DEATH PENALTY By Sharon Schuhmann, Pro-Life Coordinator, Archdiocese of Louisville
In August, 2010, just three weeks into my new ministry as pro-life coordinator for the Archdiocese of Louisville, the governor of Kentucky signed a death warrant. Although the execution never happened, this event sparked three years of education about abolishing the death penalty in Kentucky. (Above right: CMN's Cathy Jarboe offers a workshop to Kentucky Catholics.)
Less than a year later, an exonerated death row inmate gave a chilling account of his experience with a broken justice system at a University of Kentucky-sponsored event. He told the crowd that he spent 20 years on death row, despite his innocence.
Before the program I was introduced to him as a diocesan “pro-life coordinator.” He took my hand and said, “Your title is ‘pro-life’ – I hope that means you are against the death penalty.” With tears in both our eyes I assured him I was.
KENTUCKY COALITION TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY: THE BIG PUSH By Father Pat Delahanty, KCADP Executive Director
The Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (KCADP) is gearing up for a big push for abolition over the next two years. To help accomplish this goal, KCADP now employs a full-time Outreach Coordinator, Shekinah Lavalle, who began working in mid-May. This allows the Coalition to have contact not only with new potential supporters, but to engage our organization partners at a new level.
One concrete step already taken is to solicit volunteers for the annual 11-day Kentucky State Fair in August that draws nearly 600,000 people - of which 100,000 or more wander through the exhibit area. Instead of KCADP assuming full responsibility to recruit the nearly 100 volunteers needed to work at the booth, we have turned to our partners and asked them to assume responsibility for one day at the State Fair. Each partner organization supplies a contact person who must attend our training and recruits those needed for the booth.
NEW RESTORATIVE JUSTICE WORKSHOP FOR "TWEENS" NOW AVAILABLE
Our new Restorative Justice Workshop for Middle School students contains a detailed lesson plan. It can be requested and downloaded here. If you are not a youth minister, perhaps you will consider passing this free resource along to your parish’s youth minister, giving it to your child’s religion teacher, or providing it to the catechetical director at your parish!
This day of reflection workshop for groups of "tweens" can be used in its entirety, or in part for more limited timeframes. It introduces youth to restorative justice concepts and the healing of relationships where bullying is an issue. A version tailored to the unique needs of Spanish-speaking middle schoolers is also available.
View additional Restorative Justice resources.
RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES INVITED TO LCWR GOOGLE GROUP
For those in religious communities, here’s another way to get involved or get support. Join the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Google Group for religious communities advocating and end to the death penalty. Members of this LCWR Google Group, administered by CMN’s Sr. Ilaria Buonriposi, share info, resources and alerts – raising the collective voice of Catholics. All religious communities are invited! To join, e-mail email@example.com.
DEAD MAN WALKING school theatre project gears up for 10th season By Greg Callaghan, Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project Coordinator
The Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project has finished our ninth season. Students and directors in Iowa, New York, California, Missouri, Texas, Tennessee, Florida, Vermont, and Louisiana created discourse at their schools and studied the death penalty on and offstage. Congratulations!
Through our partnership with the Fetzer Institute, we are exploring how Dead Man Walking and the School Theatre Project facilitate a new understanding about the values of love and forgiveness in our world. ...
June 19-21: CMN will be participating in National Conference on Restorative Justice in Toldeo, Ohio, which is expected to attract nearly 500 restorative justice academics, community leaders, educators, faith leaders, judges, politicians, policymakers, practitioners and concerned citizens from the U.S. and abroad. Conference attendees will be exploring the use of restorative justice principles and practices to meet local needs. Learn more about the conference and register on their website.
Want to know what else we're up to? Check out our full Calendar of Events.
If you have an event that your local Catholic organization is presenting or sponsoring on the death penalty or on a restorative justice topic and you would like it to appear in our CMN newsletter, please send us the relevant information, including flyers and complete descriptions of the event at least four weeks in advance. CMN may edit or choose not to publish any submission.