||Susan M. Recinella, Clinical Psychologist for mentally ill adults, and
Catholic Lay Minister to Families of the Executed|
Flagler College (St. Augustine, FL)
Death Penalty Analysis Class (Not open to the public).
Friday, November 21, 2008 - 11:00 a.m. to noon
Presentation: Biblical Teaching and the Realties of the American Death Penalty
Guest Speaker: DALE S. RECINELLA
Catholic Lay Chaplain for Florida Death Row and Solitary Confinement
For information, contact Professor Chris Moser: CMoser@flagler.edu
The Texas Pilgrimage for Lfe
“An opportunity to reflect on the life and dignity of the human person from conception to natural death.”
Monday, November 24, 2008 - Dale S. Recinella and others from around the country and the world will be joining
Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, who, together with other
Catholic Bishops of Texas, is leading a Pilgrimage for Life in Huntsville, TX from an abortion clinic to death row.
For information, contact:
Maria Huemmer, Texas Catholic Conference
1625 Rutherford Land, Bldg D
Austin TX 78754
Maybe He Does!
By: Dale Recinella
I remember the blustery winter day when she walked into our Tallahassee inner-city outreach ministry in Frenchtown.
She was dirty, disheveled and very angry.
"You're supposed to help people! Why aren't you helping me?"
The volunteer at the desk smiled sweetly at her, saying, "You need to talk to Brother Dale."
I was bent over a jammed computer printer when she was escorted into my office. "Let's get one thing clear,"
she said without waiting for me to turn around, "I'm going to sue you if you help me and I'm going to sue you if you don't
help me. So… you may as well help me."
That was the beginning of an incredible relationship. She suffered from mental illness. Like most of our
nation's mentally ill who aren't threatening to kill anybody in particular, she was turned loose to fend for herself in the streets.
Within a few months and with the help of a social worker, she was off the streets, in a mobile home and I
was managing her finances. Three times a week we met to review her money. I would always remind her,
"Don't forget, God loves you."
"The hell He does," she would answer.
As summer approached, several of us decided to take this lady out for dinner on her 48th birthday.
When I suggested the time we would pick her up, she shrugged, "Don't care if you show up or not."
We arrived at her trailer on schedule. What a surprise. Her hair was done. She was wearing a dress,
and makeup and high heels. For a second, we thought we had the wrong house. As we navigated her to the car,
it was clear that she had never worn heels before.
During the course of the evening, we found out that throughout her life of hospitalizations,
court hearings and broken relationships, she had never been taken out to celebrate her birthday. She
couldn't remember ever celebrating her birthday at all—even as a child. She cried as we and the staff
at Ryan's Family Steak House sang her Happy Birthday.
A few days later she and I met to go over her money. She was as crotchety as ever. "Don't forget,"
I reminded her as she headed for the door with two days of spending money, "God loves you."
She paused and looked back at me. A smile broke through to her eyes and her lips. "You know,"
she said softly, "Maybe He does."
Then she laughed, shaking her finger at me, "But I'm still going to sue you!"
First published: The Talahassee Democrat, August, 1996
© 2008 Dale S. Recinella & The Talahassee Democrat.
Used with permission. All rights reserved.
No further reproduction or republication without prior written permission.
I Was In Prison
News & Updates
This ezine is targeted for people involved in prison ministry or in stopping the death penalty, we think you will find helpful information for people who are undecided about capital punishment, for those who have never experienced the inside of a jail or prison, and for those who feel called to participate through prayer and adoration.
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Dale S. Recinella
, Catholic Lay Chaplain, Florida Death Row and Solitary Confinement
Susan M. Recinella
, Clinical Psychologist for mentally ill adults, and
Catholic Lay Minister to Families of the Executed