Three prayer services will be held in the Diocese of 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.
Gov. Rick Scott signed a death warrant for Chadwick Banks to be executed on Thursday, November 13, 6 p.m., at the Florida State Prison. Davis was convicted for the murder of his wife, Cassandra Banks, and sentenced to death for the murder and sexual battery of his 10-year-old stepdaughter, Melody Cooper.
The faithful are encouraged to pray for Banks, his victims, his family, the victims’ family; for all the public officials involved in this scheduled execution; and for Governor Scott, that he will discern God’s will and apply the teachings of our Catholic faith on the death penalty.
Prayer service dates/locations are:
- Tuesday, Nov. 11, 5 p.m., St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church chapel, 526 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. Daily Mass will follow.
- Wednesday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m., St. Patrick Catholic Church, 6803 Old Hwy. 441 South, Mt. Dora.
- Thursday, Nov. 13, a bus will leave at 2:30 p.m. from the parking lot of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 201 University Blvd., Daytona Beach, for a 6 p.m. prayer service outside the prison in Starke.
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 of parole.
For more information on the prayer services, contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice, firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-658-1818, x2086.
As part of the bishops of Florida initiative, and at the request of Bishop Noonan we ask that you pray for all involved; for Banks, his family and the victim’s family. Pray also for all public officials involved in this scheduled execution, for Governor Scott and that the teachings represented by our Catholic faith regarding the sanctity of all human life will permeate our society and culture. Please consider offering one of the following intercessions at all weekend Masses on any or all of the weekends and weekday Masses leading up to November 13th.
For victims of violent crimes and for those who are awaiting execution…for Chadwick Banks, scheduled to be executed by the State of Florida.
For the families who suffer in the aftermath of violent crimes committed against their loved ones…may they be comforted and consoled.
For the men and women who sit on death row awaiting the end of their life, that we might pray for them with compassion and care.
For those who have lost hope, and especially for those condemned to die, that we might work to save their lives.
For those condemned to die, and especially for men and women on death row, that their plight might move the hearts of the people of this nation.
“Abolition of the death penalty is most consonant with the example of Jesus, who both taught and practiced the forgiveness of injustice.”
– US Bishops, Statement on Capital Punishment, Article 13