The community is invited to participate in a Prayer Vigil for death row inmate Robert E. Hendrix, who is schedule to die on April 23 at the Florida State Prison. He was sentenced to death for the murder of a Lake County couple (Elmer Scott Jr., 25, and Susan Michelle Scott, 18,) in 1990. Join us in praying for Mr. Hendrix, 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.
Prayer Services will be held at the following times and locations:
Bus pilgrimage to Florida State Prison, Starke (Meeting time 2:30, parking lot of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 201 University Blvd, Daytona Beach). More information here: http://www.floridacatholicsstandforlife.net/
- 3:00 p.m. St. Patrick Catholic Church, 6803 Old Highway 441 South, Mt. Dora
- 6:00 p.m. St. Paul Catholic Church, 1330 Sunshine Avenue, Leesburg
For more information on these prayer vigils, contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice, Diocese of Orlando: firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-246-4819.
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, encourage all Catholics to be advocates for life and the dignity of every person, both victims and offenders.
“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,” Bishop Noonan said.