Dominican Sisters of HoustonOctober 10, 2011
Death Penalty - October and November
In December 1997, the Dominican Sisters took a corporate stance against the Death Penalty, which reads in part, "As women of faith, we believe in the sanctity of human life and in a merciful and forgiving God who offers the opportunity for redemption, change, and growth. Our compassion goes out to those victims and their families who suffer at the hands of accused and/or convicted criminals. However, we believe that the Death Penalty is an inappropriate response that seems to encourage a culture of violence."
On the evenings of executions in Texas the sisters gather in the chapel at 4:45 p.m. for prayers for the victims and their families and for those who are about to be executed for the crimes.
INTERFAITH PRAYER SERVICE
With the Most Reverend Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza
We will pray for the victims of crime, prisoners, prison staff, Texas officials and politicians,