Message from CMN's Executive Director
Ending the death penalty is a critical step toward transforming our criminal legal system from one that glorifies violence and retribution to one that honors life, healing, accountability, and making amends. Catholic Mobilizing Network recognizes this necessity — as, I know, do many of you.
Over the past year, I have had the privilege of connecting with many CMN supporters. Each time, I learn something new about the organization's impact — how CMN's education, advocacy, and prayer tools have deepened formation, inspired hearts, and empowered agency.
What you'll find in this impact report is a story of faithful, individual actions combining together to create a vibrant national movement to dismantle the death-dealing system of capital punishment and implement more restorative responses to harm. Thank you for helping write CMN's story.
Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy, Executive Director
Mounting Catholic Opposition to Federal Executions
On July 25, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice announced plans to resume the practice of federal executions for the first time in nearly 17 years.
In the months that followed, CMN coordinated with abolition partners nationwide to launch a series of broad-based mobilization efforts, including:
- USCCB Roundtable Against Federal Executions (pictured)
- National Catholic Petition Against Federal Executions (3,393 total signers)
- Faith Leader Letter Opposing Federal Executions (3,720 total signers)
- Virtual Prayer Vigils (averaging 100 attendees)
Despite these coordinated efforts, the federal government proceeded to execute three men over the span of four days in July 2020. As of July 30, CMN is in the process of monitoring the status of two additional federal executions scheduled for August 26 and 28, 2020.
A Decade of Impact
There’s nothing quite like an anniversary year to inspire reflection on how far we’ve come.
Catholic Mobilizing Network celebrated its 10th Anniversary on October 10, 2019 — the 16th annual World Day Against the Death Penalty. A collection of more than 260 Catholic leaders, dedicated abolitionists, CMN supporters, and others gathered at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC to celebrate the milestone achievement and event honorees.
FY 2020 Financials
CMN's mission is made possible through a diverse array of revenue streams: a widening base of support, a faithful and growing Monthly Steward Circle, income generated from events, generous major donors, loyal support from men and women religious, welcome diocesan gifts, and an increase in the number of family foundations.