Cardinal Gregory, Vicki & Syl Schieber to Receive Awards on World Day Against the Death Penalty

For Immediate Release: Oct. 6, 2022
Contact: Katlyn Toelle at
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(Washington, D.C.) Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN), the national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice, will honor His Eminence Wilton Cardinal Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, and visionary anti-death penalty champions Vicki and Syl Schieber at the Justice Reimagined Awards & Celebration on October 10, 2022. The event will take place on the annual World Day Against the Death Penalty at the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See in Washington, DC.

Justice Reimagined Awards & Celebration
World Day Against the Death Penalty | Monday, October 10, 2022 | 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Apostolic Nunciature | Washington, DC

CMN will present Cardinal Gregory with the “Archbishop Fiorenza Dignity & Life Award” for his longtime commitment to raising awareness of capital punishment as a critical life issue among Catholics in the United States. The award is named in memory of the late Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza of Galveston-Houston, a staunch advocate for life and death penalty abolition, who passed away in September at the age of 91. 

The “Reimagining Justice Award” will go to Vicki & Syl Schieber, who after losing their daughter, Shannon, to murder in 1998, went on to oppose the death penalty for her killer and to successfully advocate for the abolition of capital punishment in their home state of Maryland and beyond. 

The Justice Reimagined Awards & Celebration was made possible by our generous sponsors, including:

VISIONARY ($10,000+)
Fr. John Enzler: Catholic Charities DC
Vicki and Syl Schieber
Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia

PARTNER ($5,000-$9,999)
Mary Catherine Bunting
Congregation of St. Joseph
President John J. DeGioia and Georgetown University
Doug Sandvig
School Sisters of Notre Dame Atlantic-Midwest Province
Sisters of Bon Secours USA
Sisters of the Precious Blood
Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange

For a complete listing of event sponsors, please visit


Catholic Mobilizing Network is a national organization that mobilizes Catholics and all people of goodwill to value life over death, to end the death penalty, to transform the U.S. criminal justice system from punitive to restorative, and to build capacity in U.S. society to engage in restorative practices.

CMN works in close collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and is a founding member of the Congregation of St. Joseph Mission Network.