CMN has created a wide-ranging collection of resources available for download and use. Below you will find our full catalogue of resources for your parish, school, community, or personal use. CMN has resources for all age groups, including youth, teen and even the whole family.

Simply use the filters below to sort by: Age (Adult, Family, Teen, etc.), Category (Educate, Advocate, Pray), Issue (Death Penalty, Restorative Justice), Type (Fact Sheet, Workshop, Video, etc.), and/or State then click the “Filter” button to find exactly the tool you are looking for.

Action Response

Your legislators are undertaking legislation which would restore the death penalty in Delaware. The death penalty does not serve as a deterrent, it risks innocent lives and costs tax payers millions of dollars more than life without parole.

 After three years without an execution, Ohio is set to resume executions on July 26th. With 27 executions scheduled for the next 4 years, urgent action must be taken to stand for life. Governor Kasich has the authority to stop these planned executions. Now more than ever, you can take a stand for life and tell Ohio that the death penalty is a broken system of justice that causes more harm than healing.  

“All Christians and people of good will are thus called today to fight not only for the abolition of the death penalty, whether legal or illegal, and in all its forms, but also in order to improve prison conditions, with respect for the human dignity of the people deprived of their freedom” - Pope Francis #Pledge4Mercy

Books

Follow the link below to learn why these murder victim family members speak out against the death penalty. 

By David Matzko McCarthy, Trudy D. Conway, and Vicki Schieber, Editors

This new book on Restorative Justice serves as a guiding context for Catholic Mobilizing Network's work to promote restorative justice.

David Matzko McCarthy’s Death Penalty and Discipleship is a faith formation resource to help communities and individuals reflect more deeply on capital punishment.

By David Matzko McCarthy, Trudy D. Conway, and Vicki Schieber, Editors
Forward by Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ

Fact Sheet

CMN created brief one page information sheets that shares Catholic Teaching and state-specific information on the death penalty.  These are designed to educate Catholics, serve as  bulletin inserts, handouts or for those attending diocesan or parish advocacy days in your state. 

CMN created brief one page information sheets that shares Catholic Teaching and state-specific information on the death penalty.  These are designed to educate Catholics, serve as bulletin inserts, handouts or for those attending diocesan or parish advocacy days in your state.

CMN created brief one page information sheets that shares Catholic Teaching and state-specific information on the death penalty.  These are designed to educate Catholics, serve as bulletin inserts, handouts or for those attending diocesan or parish advocacy days.

CMN created brief one page information sheets that share Catholic Teaching and state-specific information on the death penalty.  These are designated to educate Catholics, serve as bulletin inserts, handouts or for those attending diocesan or parish advocacy days in your state.

Infographic

Poverty plays a critical role in whether or not someone receives a death sentence. This helpful infographic explores some of the ways poverty impacts the use of the death penalty in this country. 

This resource shows how we can bring the principles of restorative justice to our everyday interactions. 

There are many ways that we can bring restorative practices into our parishes. This infographic gives a few examples of approaches to doing so. 

This image gives examples of ways to bring about restorative justice in the criminal justice system. 

Lesson Plan or Study Guide

Help to educate your parish or community with this set of 6 short bulletin articles focusing on Catholic Social Teaching and the Death Penalty. The articles cover different aspects of Catholic Social Teaching as it applies to the death penalty.

Rooted in both scripture and the rich tradition of our faith, Catholic Social Teaching is a guide for  how to live as a people of justice and mercy.

What does The Bible have to say about the death penalty and restorative justice? This resource contains different bible passages and guiding questions to explore The Bible's teaching on the death penalty and restorative justice. 

 This document contains several pro-death penalty dialogues and a pro-life response. This can help prepare you for a conversation with a colleague who supports the death penalty. 

Podcast

Working with journalist Andrea Acosta, CMN’s Sr. Ilaria Buonriposi produces a weekly podcast addressing the Church’s position on the death penalty or restorative justice in three versions (30 seconds, 1 minute, and 5 minutes).

Working with journalist Andrea Acosta, CMN’s Sr. Ilaria Buonriposi produces a weekly podcast addressing the Church’s position on the death penalty or restorative justice in three versions (30 seconds, 1 minute, and 5 minutes).

Working with journalist Andrea Acosta, CMN’s Sr. Ilaria Buonriposi produces a weekly podcast addressing the Church’s position on the death penalty or restorative justice in three versions (30 seconds, 1 minute, and 5 minutes).

Working with journalist Andrea Acosta, CMN’s Sr. Ilaria Buonriposi produces a weekly podcast addressing the Church’s position on the death penalty or restorative justice in three versions (30 seconds, 1 minute, and 5 minutes).

Prayer Card

CMN's Prayer for Mercy is available for download as a sheet of 4 prayer cards. 

Padre Misericordioso,
Te pedimos que bendigas todo lo que hacemos para
construir una cultura de paz. Escucha nuestra oración
por los que afectados por la pena de muerte.

Prayer Service or Vigil

Join us during this Advent season for prayerful reflection and hopeful anticipation. Every Monday you will receive a special Advent reflection for the coming Sunday. The reflections are available online, on social media, and can also be downloaded as a complete set.

Intended for use before or on the day of an execution, CMN's Prayer Vigil for an Execution calls all to reflect on the themes of forgiveness and mercy in the face of the death penalty.

These sample prayers of the faithful center on our call to be a people of life and the work to end the death penalty. Perfect for Respect Life Month or anytime of the year, these prayers of the faithful call all to be advocates for ALL life! 

This prayer service focus on the life and ministry of St. Maximilian Kolbe, the patron saint of prisoners and the pro-life movement.

Theater Project

This inspiring one act play, created by Mimi Gisolfi DʼAponte, is based on the true story of  Sister Marion Defeis' experiences as a prison chaplain at Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York and her work to reform the Rockefeller Drug Laws.

“Nuestra Señora de la Vida,” written by Petra Alexander, is a Spanish language monologue which is a perfect tool to open up dialogue about life issues from the perspective of a young Latino American.

Toolkit

This October the Catholic Church across the United States will observe Respect Life Month. This is a time for and your parish community to renew your dedication to all human life. CMN has been hard at work preparing new and exciting materials to assist you in your advocacy for all life.

This toolkit is designed for College-Aged Adults. It provides resources to assist in educating, advocating, and praying for an end to the Death Penalty and promoting Restorative Justice on a college campus.  

Video

Catholic Mobilizing Network's Executive Director, Karen Clifton, explains the concept of restorative justice and reflects on how it is tied to our Catholic faith.

The story of how noted anti-death penalty activist Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ became involved in ministry to those on death row and how it changed her life. Presented by the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty (catholicsmobilizing.org) and Full Focus Productions

Workshop or Retreat

This is a formational opportunity for small groups to learn about restorative justice as it relates to Catholic teaching and discern the call to restorative action in personal life, parish community and responding to crime. The program consists of two evening sessions and a day-long retreat.

CMN’s Restorative Justice Workshop provides an overview of restorative justice philosophy and explores this issue through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching. A slide by slide Facilitator’s Guide and participant handout ensure you have everything you need to clearly present our stunning Prezi Presentation from opening prayer to closing discussion questions.

With this comprehensive resource, you don't need to be an expert to explore the death penalty issue in your school, parish, or community. Use our beautiful Prezi presentation and slide-by-slide Facilitator Guide to explore the Church’s teaching on the sanctity of ​all ​life and the social justice issues that surround the death penalty.

Catholic communities are, by their very nature, intergenerational. Our membership, liturgical celebrations and Sacramental moments bring together generations of family members as the faith is passed on from oldest to youngest. Family workshops, like CMN’s “The Advent of Mercy,” make this intergenerational character a defining feature, incorporating various age groups in a hands-on learning process designed to engage all members of the family unit.