The community is invited to a Prayer Vigil to pray for those who are on death row and for victims of violent crimes. Death row inmate William Van Poyck is scheduled to be executed June 12. Join us 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 Vigil will be held on Wednesday, June 12 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 526 N Park Avenue, Winter Park.
Catholics believe that each human being is made in the image of God and therefore, no matter how heinous the crime, the offender retains their God-given worth and must be treated with dignity.
The Catholic Bishops of Florida, in an open letter to Governor Rick Scott released May 22, 2013, affirmed the dignity of every person, both victims and offenders. “We urge you to see that the death penalty diminishes us all and contributes to a growing disrespect for the sacredness of all human life. It perpetuates a cycle of violence and feeds on an underlying sense of vengeance in our culture. Human life, given by God, is sacred,” the letter said.