Vicki Schieber’s daughter, Shannon, was raped and murdered on May 7, 1998 while finishing her first year of graduate school on a full scholarship at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Since this tragic incident, Vicki and her husband, Sylvester, have dedicated their career and lives to a moratorium on the death penalty. In addition to teaching many high schools and university classes on abolition, Vicki runs workshops for state conferences, is a published author, and served on the 2008 Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment. She is now actively teaching Catholic Social Teaching on the Death Penalty with the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty. Vicki is the recipient of the Fannie Mae Foundation Good Neighbor Award, the Courage in Community Award of the McAuley Institute Board of Trustees and the Exceptional Community Spirit Award from Rebuilding Together of Washington, D.C. Despite her tragic loss, she does all this in the name of Catholicism, citing that “The death penalty is against our religion, a belief system in which life is held to be sacred.”
Vicki is co-author of Where Justice and Mercy Meet: Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty, a comprehensively exploration of the Catholic stance against capital punishment.
Vicki Schieber and the CMN team are available to teach educators how to present CMN’s workshops. They are willing to give a teaching workshop at National and State Conferences for Religious Educators, Social Justice Ministers, Pro-Life Activists and other interested groups.
To book Mrs. Schieber call (202) 541-5290, e-mail Karen Clifton,or call Mrs. Schieber directly at (301) 865-6382.
View a video of Vicki telling her story at the November 2012 Ignatian Solidarity Network Teach-In:
You are welcome to use this video as a resource for your own discussion groups. Please consider a donation to CMN for its use.