Join Bishop John Noonan for a prayer service at 5 p.m. May 29 in the St. James Cathedral chapel in Orlando to pray for the abolishment of the death penalty and for the victims of violent crimes, their families, and those who are to be executed because of the death penalty.
The prayer service will be held one hour before the scheduled execution of death row inmate Elmer Leon Carroll, convicted in the 1990 rape and murder of a 10-year-old girl in Orange County. The prayer service will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
The prayer service will be live streamed from the chapel. Click here to watch the live stream.
Catholics believe all people are made in the image and likeness of God – even those who have done great harm – and affirm the dignity of all persons, both victims and offenders. The Catholic Bishops of Florida continue to reject state-sanctioned killing and have asked the state of Florida to reject execution and enact the option of life in prison without possibility for parole.
To read more about the Catholic teaching regarding the death penalty, visit the Diocese of Orlando Office of Advocacy & Justice website by clicking here.