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.

The state of Tennessee plans to execute Stephen Michel West on Thursday, August 15, 2019 for the 1986 murder of Wanda Romines and her 15-year old daughter Sheila. Take action NOW to oppose this act of state-sanctioned violence!

The state of Texas plans to execute Ruben Gutierrez on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 for the 1998 murder of Escolastica Harrison. Take action TODAY to prevent this execution from taking place!

“The death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.” (CCC 2267)

Sarah Noltner

More than 25,000 Catholics and people of faith have already pledged to educate, advocate, and pray for an end to the death penalty. Will you answer the call?

CMN’s Mercy in Action Project gives YOU the tools you need to promote clemency for those on death row. Sign up today to start receiving monthly execution alerts.

This faith formation guide invites groups and individuals to reflect upon the Catholic call to restorative justice.

Responding to Pope Francis' call to mercy and encounter, this book is an invitation to consider our individual responses to harm, our communal responses to crime and how our criminal justice system falls short of promoting human dignity, hope and healing. Through scripture, personal stories, and eye-opening facts, each chapter encourages prayerful contemplation about ways to prioritize human dignity and the common good when responding to crime, incarceration and the use of the death penalty in the United States.

CMN's book list includes some of our favorite selections covering both the death penalty and restorative justice. Use this list as a guide to learn more about these topics, or as a tool to help your parish or community reading group engage with these issues at a deeper level. 

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.

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

Download and share our event flyer to promote the Louisiana Restorative Circles Intensive among your networks.

Text: We Can End the Death Penalty, Image: Map of U.S. with Key states highlighted

Ending the death penalty is within reach! From Colorado to New Hampshire, 2019 holds several important opportunities to advance our cause. Download CMN's latest resource to stay up-to-date on the key states poised for death penalty repeal in the new year and ways that you can take action.

Learn a little bit more about capital punishment in the U.S., and how it relies on factors like race, income, geography, and mental illness to target marginalized groups.

Formation Opportunities in Restorative Justice

Find out all that CMN has in store for restorative justice programming in 2019 — from circle trainings and small group modules, to a brand new book and blog!

As a companion to their 2018 pastoral letter, Open Wide Our Hearts, the USCCB offers this helpful factsheet explaining the relationship between racism and our criminal justice system.

Download this letter from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and learn how all people of goodwill are called to address the evil of racism. As you read, contemplate how the most egregious example of our broken criminal justice system - the death penalty - reflects the racial discrimination and bias we are called as Catholics to dismantle.

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. Use this two-sided one-pager and learn how Catholic Social Teaching brings the teachings of Jesus and his call to discipleship to the larger societal conversation of social justice

Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) celebrates today’s revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to say that, in all cases, the death penalty is “inadmissible” (Revised Catechism of the Catholic Church 2267).

Catholic Social Teaching brings the teachings of Jesus and his call to discipleship to the larger societal conversation of social justice. This infographic highlights the ways in which the continued use of the death penalty violates our call to live as a people of life. 

This resource contains different Bible passages and guiding questions to explore the Bible's teaching on the death penalty and restorative justice. 

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.

See the schedule and speaker information from our conference at the Catholic University of America on April 25, 2018.

Harm, Healing, and Human Dignity: A Catholic Encounter with Restorative Justice 
 

This film list is a resource of CMN's favorite movies and documentaries concerning the death penalty and restorative justice. Explore these titles as introductions to the topics, talking points for discussion, or as a tool for study within a community.

Check out the recording and download the PowerPoint of CMN's latest webinar: Building a Culture of Life: End the Death Penalty and Promote Restorative Justice. Watch the webinar and learn:

Join Msgr Stuart Swetland, Fr. George Williams SJ, and Vicki Schieber for part two of a conversation about CMN, our work, and the current state of the movement to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. 

Join Msgr Stuart Swetland, Fr. George Williams SJ, and Vicki Schieber for a conversation about CMN, our work, and the current state of the movement to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. 

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).

Who Would Jesus Execute? catholicsmobilizing.org #HopeOverDeath

Attending the March for Life? (Or know someone who is?) Carry this sign with you to affirm your commitment to upholding the dignity of ALL human life. 

This powerful promotional flyer is perfect for use at your parish, school, or community center. Pulling on themes from CMN's 2018 Respect Life Month Toolkit, this flyer is a great way to start the conversation around our call to build a culture of life and end the death penalty. 

St. Joseph and Jesus

This prayer is in honor of the May 1st Feast Day of St. Joseph. Catholic Mobilizing Network is a sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph.

clasped hands

Take a sneak peek at this prayer featured in Catholic Mobilizing Network's new faith formation guide, Harm, Healing, and Human Dignity, available Ma

Dios misericordioso,

Tú donas a cada ser humano una dignidad imprescindible que no puede ser eliminada por 
lo que éste  haya echo o sufrido. 

Participate in the annual Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty. From June 29th to July 2nd, death penalty abolitionists (including CMN!) from around the country will gather at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to call for an end to executions in the United States.

Rosary in hands

Hands holding rosaryTake part in a new prayer initiative created by Eric Williams, a current Texas death row inmate.

Inspired by the need for mercy in our society, this prayer vigil includes reflections on scripture and intersections for all those in need of healing.

The culture of life we seek is built on a foundation of prayer. The Holy Hour of Mercy is a resource that guides you through an hour of praying for life and an end to the death penalty. Prayers in this hour include the St. Michael Prayer, The Divine Mercy Chaplet, and a Litany for Life.

“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.

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.

Cover of 2019 Lenten Reflections packet; image of a large crucifix in a field; text says 2019 Lenten Reflections

Catholic Mobilizing Network invites you to pray along with us this Lenten season. For each week of Lent, we offer a special reflection to guide your spiritual preparation for the death and resurrection of Christ. 

Catholic Mobilizing Network invites you into prayerful reflection and hopeful anticipation this Advent season. For each week of Advent, we offer a special reflection to guide your preparation for the coming of Christ.

A compilation of all four weekly reflections is available for download here.

Want to write a letter to the editor (LTE) but not sure where to start? Look no further! CMN's step-by-step guide will teach you everything you need to know about writing and submitting an LTE.

This October, the Catholic Church across the United States will observe Respect Life Month. This is a time when we are invited to renew our dedication to lifting up the inherent, God-given dignity of all human life.

In November 2018, the USCCB released a pastoral letter against racism — their first in almost 40 years.

Take the National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty today and start building a culture of life.

#Pledge4Mercy at: catholicsmobilizing.org/action/pledge

Take the National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty today and start building a culture of life. #Pledge4Mercy

These educational modules explore opportunities for restorative justice practices in the criminal justice system, parish communities and daily life. 

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.