Sister Eileen Reilly, SSND, Religious Engagement Associate for the Catholic Mobilizing Network, is working with Religious Congregations to broaden and deepen their commitment to ending the death penalty and to enhance the voices of murder victim family members. After being involved in death penalty abolition efforts in three different states where she was ministering, she became the spiritual advisor to an individual on death row who was subsequently executed.
Ruth Cunnings is a Novice with the Society of the Sacred Heart. Currently, she is serving as a Fellow with Catholic Mobilizing Network. Ruth’s brother, Peter, was a victim of violent crime, and this experience strengthened her commitment to end the death penalty and work towards a justice system truly focused on healing and reduction of crime, rather than retribution