This week the State of Missouri carried out the execution of Allen Nicklasson on December 11. Because of last minute court filings, the execution had been delayed almost 23 hours. Around the state at least six vigils were scheduled to protest the execution. In St. Joseph about 40 people (including students) held a vigil in front of Bishop LeBlond High School.
Even before the Nicklasson execution had taken place, the Missouri Supreme Court set a January 29th execution date for Herbert Smulls, who was convicted of robbery and murder of a jewelry store owner in St. Louis. Again, statewide vigils will be held and Catholics are encouraged to attend as a way to witness for life. If your community doesn’t have a vigil and your church would like to host one, contact the MCC for help in getting started.
Posted: December 13, 2013