Office of Advocacy and Justice Updates


Youth Arts Contest 2014! Educators lead participants through 5 easy steps to learn about U.S. poverty, CCHD’s response, and the Two Feet of Love in Action. 


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Execution of Marshall Gore Re-Scheduled

On October 1, Marshall Gore, is scheduled to be executed at Florida State Prison, in Starke. Your parish is encouraged to continue to pray for Mr. Gore, his victims, his family, the victims’ family; for all the public officials involved in this scheduled execution; for Governor Scott, that he will discern God’s will and apply the teachings of our Catholic faith on the death penalty. Please contact Governor Scott to voice your concern. Parishes are encouraged to participate in prayer services at the parish or to attend a prayer service at the execution site in Starke. A prayer service will be held at 3pm at St. Patrick’s in Mt. Dora on the day of the execution. A bus will be leaving from the parking lot of Our Lady of Lourdes 201 University Blvd, Daytona Beach, 32118, at 2:30pm. For more information contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice, or 407-246-4819.

Catholic Bishops of Florida Urge Governor Scott to Spare the Life of Marshall Gore; Invite Community to Gather in Prayer 

fcc logo Blue300The Florida Catholic Conference appeals to Governor Rick Scott to spare the life of Marshall Gore, scheduled for execution October 1. At the same time, we recall with profound sadness the brutal murders of his victims, Susan Roark and Robyn Novick, and pray their families are able to realize true peace and healing.

Even those who have committed terrible deeds and caused great pain possess a human dignity that is inherent in all persons. This dignity, instilled by our Creator, is neither earned nor can it be forfeited. Mr. Gore’s execution serves only to further distort society’s understanding of the sacredness of all human life. With this deliberate taking of a life, the State demonstrates that killing is an acceptable manner in which to address harmful and hurtful acts. We believe it is not.

The State’s responsibility to protect society and punish criminals can be accomplished without resorting to the death penalty. A sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole is a severe punishment, which allows for the prospect of conversion for the sinner and gives us the opportunity to forgive their wrong doings.

Catholic faithful and members of the community are invited to gather in solidarity at the following times and locations to pray for the victims of violent crimes and their families, for persons on death row awaiting execution, and for the end of the use of the death penalty:

Archdiocese of Miami

A prayer vigil will be held following 11:45 a.m. Mass on Tuesday, October 1 at St. Martha Catholic Church, 9221 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami Shores. Contact: Juan Di Prado, (305) 762-1046,

Diocese of St. Augustine

Prayer vigils will be held on Tuesday, October 1 at the following locations:

In front of the St. Augustine Beach City Hall, corner of A1A and 16th Street, 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Contact: Nancy O’Byrne, (904) 461-9216,

In front of the new Duval County Unified Courthouse, 501 W. Adams Street, Jacksonville, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Contact: Jackie Gunning, (904) 449-3328, or Sr. Maureen Kelley, (904) 704-0313,

In front of the Flagler County Courthouse, 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bunnell from  5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Contact: Jackie Morelewicz, (386) 986-3146,

Across the highway from the Florida State Prison Execution Building, Starke from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Contact: John Linnehan, (904) 504-1004,

Additional Contact: Kathleen Bagg, Office of Communications, Diocese of St. Augustine, (904) 262-3200.


Diocese of St. Petersburg

Spirit FM 90.5 WBVM Tampa will be praying on air Tuesday, October 1 beginning at 5:50 pm. Spirit FM is also available on the internet ( Contact: Sabrina Burton Schultz, (727) 344-1611,


Diocese of Orlando

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 6803 Old Hwy 441 South, Mount Dora will host a prayer service on Tuesday, October 1 at 3:00 p.m. Contact: Bernard Welch,

A bus will be leaving from the parking lot of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 201 University Blvd., Daytona Beach, on Tuesday, October 1 at 2:30 p.m. for a prayer service outside the Florida State Prison in Starke. Contact: Office of Advocacy and Justice, (407) 246-4819,

Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

A holy hour will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1008 Fortune Avenue, Panama City on Monday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. (CDST). Contact: (850) 763-1821, or Peggy DeKeyser, Office of Communications, Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, (850) 435-3528,

Diocese of Palm Beach

Catholic Charities Respect Life Office in partnership with the Diocese of Palm Beach and Pax Christi will host a prayer service on Tuesday, October 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola, 9999 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens. The service will be followed by a procession and silent vigil in front of the Cathedral from 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. Contact: Dianne Laubert, (561) 313-2280,

Diocese of Venice

A prayer vigil will be held in the Chapel at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 1922 SW 20th Avenue, Cape Coral on Sunday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. Contact: (239) 283-9501.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 425 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey will hold a prayer vigil on Tuesday, October 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Contact: Janine Marrone, (941) 497-4917.

In addition, Tallahassee Citizens Against the Death Penalty will sponsor a community prayer vigil scheduled for Tuesday, October 1 at 6:00 p.m. in front of the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee and an interfaith Service of Remembrance in the Capitol Building Plaza Level Rotunda the day after the execution, Wednesday, October 2 at noon. Contact: Sheila Meehan, (850) 524-0080.



Youth Arts Contest 2014!

Educators lead participants through 5 easy steps to learn about U.S. poverty, CCHD’s response, and the Two Feet of Love in Action.  Visit the contest materials, or call the Office of Advocacy and Justice for details and ways teachers can meet their class objectives through the implementation of the art project.  Call 407-246-4819 or email: for more information.  DEADLINE is March 1, 2013.

Watch the recent interview with 2012’s contest winner, Harley June Smith from St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School and her teacher Mrs. Gilda Brink for ideas on how to get started on your art project submission, here!  Or go to our CCHD page in our website.  

A Journey of Faith and Justice

This all day free retreat will challenge you to put your faith into action while providing times for prayer, reflection, and dialogue. Join us on November 16 at Our Lady of Lourdes (201 University Blvd Daytona Beach, FL 32118) from 9:00am – 3:30pm. For more information or to register to attend contact: Office of Advocacy and Justice; 407-246-4819;