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Sisters of Providence react with prayer, advocacy to federal executions in Terre Haute

The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods spoke out against, and prayed for, all people impacted by the death penalty and their victims last week. The first federal executions in 17 years took place on July 14, 16 and 17 at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, located just 10 miles from the Sisters of Providence motherhouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. The Sisters of Providence held a prayer vigil at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Sunday evening. Representatives of the Sisters of Providence also attended and spoke at the Death Penalty Action group’s federal execution press conferences, which took place on July 6 and 13. Sisters of Providence also joined peaceful demonstrations on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons at the corner of U.S. 41 and Springhill Road in Terre Haute, not far from where the executions were taking place.

We stand for all life, not death. As a Congregation, we believe humanity has moved past the old adage of “an eye for an eye.” In fact, Jesus urged all to “turn the other cheek.” As a Congregation, we call on our country to move beyond these barbaric rituals.

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The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are a congregation of Roman Catholic women religious (sisters) who minister throughout the United States and Taiwan. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence in 1840. The congregation has a mission of being God's Providence in the world by committing to performing works of love, mercy and justice in service among God's people.

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