HOPE OVER DEATH Celebrating 10 Years of Catholic Mobilizing Network

You're Invited

Please join Catholic Mobilizing Network for a 10th Anniversary Celebration! A reception will be held on World Day Against the Death Penalty (Thursday, October 10, 2019) from 6:30-9:00 PM at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, DC.

Valet parking provided | Business attire | Heavy hors d'oeuvres

Sponsorship Opportunities

Together, we can build a culture of life.

  • $10,000 - VISIONARY (Includes 10 tickets, full page ad in program, recognition in program and event news release)
  • $5,000 - PARTNER (Includes 5 tickets, half page ad in program, recognition in program and event news release)
  • $2,500 - COLLABORATOR (Includes 3 tickets, quarter page ad in program, and recognition in program)
  • $1,000 - ADVOCATE (Includes 2 tickets and recognition in program)

Individual Tickets

The RSVP deadline for the Hope Over Death Celebration & Awards has passed. To inquire about purchasing tickets, please contact Jeff Sved directly at jeff@catholicsmobilizing.org

Event Honorees

CMN will present awards to Karen Clifton, Most Reverend Joseph A. Fiorenza, and Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ for their visionary leadership in the Catholic movement to abolish the death penalty and longtime support of Catholic Mobilizing Network.

  • Karen Clifton, MDiv., Founding Executive Director of Catholic Mobilizing Network
  • Most Reverend Joseph A. Fiorenza, Archbishop Emeritus of Galveston-Houston and former president of the USCCB, who launched the Bishops' Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty.
  • Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, Visionary anti-death penalty leader who inspired the formation of Catholic Mobilizing Network; Bestselling author of Dead Man Walking, The Death of Innocents, and River of Fire.
In 2018, Pope Francis revised the Catholic Catechism to call the death penalty "inadmissible" in all cases. The Vatican Embassy is the perfect setting to mark CMN's anniversary celebration and this milestone in the Church's teaching on capital punishment.

Host Committee

We are grateful for the support and involvement of our event Host Committee, including:

  • Steve Schneck, Ph.D., former Director of Catholic University's Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies (Host Committee Chair)
  • Anebi Adoga, 10th Anniversary Planning Member
  • Kathy Baczko, 10th Anniversary Planning Member
  • John Carr, Director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University
  • Carol Cooke, 10th Anniversary Planning Member
  • John J. DeGioia, Ph.D., President of Georgetown University, and Theresa DeGioia
  • Dick Dowling, Former Director of the Maryland Catholic Conference
  • Msgr. John Enzler, President & CEO of Catholic Charities DC
  • Most Rev. Joseph Fiorenza, Archbishop Emeritus of Galveston-Houston
  • Most Rev. Daniel Flores, Bishop of Brownsville and Episcopal Adviser for Catholic Mobilizing Network
  • Hon. Janine Geske, Former Justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Margaret Melady, Former President of the Order of Malta Federal Association
  • Kerry Robinson, Global Ambassador for Leadership Roundtable
  • Syl and Vicki Schieber, Noted anti-death penalty advocates and murder victim family members
  • Michael Steele, Former Republican National Committee Chairman and Former Lt. Governor of Maryland
  • Brian Stolarz, Attorney at Law and author of Grace and Justice on Death Row: The Race against Time and Texas to Free an Innocent Man
  • Rev. Jim Wallis, President and Founder of Sojourners, and Rev. Joy Carroll Wallis, Renowned Anglican priest

Event Sponsors





About Catholic Mobilizing Network

Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) is the national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. Through education, advocacy, and prayer, CMN mobilizes Catholics and people of goodwill to build a culture of life, and to value our God-given human dignity, which is promised to each of us regardless of the harm we have suffered or caused.

Our Approach

Animated by our close collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and with the untiring support of our sponsor, the Congregation of St. Joseph, Catholic Mobilizing Network engages and empowers pro-life leaders, social-action educators, and church ministry staff in Catholic dioceses, State Catholic Conferences, and parishes across the country. Catholic Mobilizing Network believes that the actions of ordinary people of faith have a critical role in ending the practice of capital punishment.

Select images courtesy of Scott Langley, Death Penalty Phototography Project