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I Was In Prison
Online Prison Ministry Newsletter
April 1, 2011
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

A Prayer for an Execution
By: Dale S. Recinella

Lord Jesus Christ,
In all of human history, You are the only God Who
- Has sat in the death house,
- Walked the “Perp” walk to the place of your killing,
- And suffered execution.

As I sit on the cold, concrete floor of this death cell,
Barely twenty feet from where I will be killed,
I have nothing
- Not a cup,
- No property,
- Not even a sheet.
The clothes on my back belong to the state.
My very body belongs to the state.
Lord Jesus, You also were stripped and left with nothing.

There are crowds outside the prison chanting for my death.
Lord Jesus, You also heard the crowds chanting for your death.

And, there are my mother and a few friends—very few friends—standing by me to the end.
My Lord Jesus, your Blessed Mother and the holy women and John—only John—stood by you to the end.

And, there are the guards.
Some have been kind.
Some have not been kind.
So it was with You, Jesus, and the guards on your death squad.
Some mocked and struck You.
Yet others testified to your divinity.


Oh Lord, they are coming for me.
They are coming to take me and kill me.
I am terrified.
My Lord, You have traveled this ground before.
Stay with me, Jesus.

They are here, Lord.
Oh please, lead me through this, Jesus.

Oh my God, they are really killing me.
Lord, remember me in your kingdom.

And forgive them, Lord.
They do not know what they are doing.

Amen.




© 2006 Dale S. Recinella
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No further reproduction or republication without prior written permission

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Upcoming Events:

Now I Walk on Death Row – in Maryland: April 9th – 12th

By: DALE S. RECINELLA, Catholic Lay Chaplain for Florida Death Row
Dr. SUSAN M. RECINELLA, Catholic Lay Minister to Families of the Executed

Saturday April 9th immediately following 5:30 pm Mass - with Vicki Schieber
Sponsored by: Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty [CMN]

St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
9201 Church St, Libertytown, MD 21762
Phone: (301) 898-5111
For information contact:
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or call: Office 202-232-2881 Cell 412-951-1886

Monday April 11th – 12th
Sponsored by: Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Monday April 11th:

Morning Presentations to Students [not open to public]

1:30 pm in Bradley Archives: Filming of a conversation with Monsignor Swetland on Death Row ministry [not open to public]

3:30 pm in Smith Conference Room: Presentation to Faculty Authors and CMN interns [not open to public]

7:00 pm in Knott Auditorium: Campus wide presentation [open to the public] followed by Book signing

Tuesday April 12th:
Morning Presentations to Students [not open to public]

For information contact:
Dr. Trudy Conway, Professor of Philosophy, Mount Saint Mary's University Phone: 301 447- 5368 Fax: 301 447-5806 or Dr. Trudy Conway
Or, Sarah Carey: Office 202-232-2881 Cell 412-951-1886 or Sarah Carey

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Thursday Evening April 14th 6-7 pm ET:

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Now I Walk on Death Row – in Connecticut: April 28th – May 1st
By: DALE S. RECINELLA, Catholic Lay Chaplain for Florida Death Row

Thursday April 28th
Sponsored by: Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT 06810

Afternoon Presentations to Students [not open to public]

7:00 pm Westside Campus Center Ballroom: Presentation [open to the public] followed by book signing

Western Connecticut State University
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone (877) 837-9278
For information contact:
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Friday April 29th - May 1st
Sponsored by: Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty, Hartford, CT

Numerous events in Connecticut open to the public with book signings.
For schedule and venues contact:

Ben Jones, Executive Director
Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty
56 Arbor St., Suite 213, Hartford, CT 06106
860-231-1489 (w) 614-390-8417 (c) Ben Jones

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Now I Walk on Death Row – in Florida: May & June

By: DALE S. RECINELLA, Catholic Lay Chaplain for Florida Death Row

Wednesday May 4th
Sponsored by: Venice Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, Venice, FL (VDDCW)

9:30 – 11:00 am: Presentation followed by book signing
Open to members and to Catholic clergy and religious of the Venice Diocese of Florida

Called to Be Women of Prayer
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700 Ben Franklin Drive
Sarasota, Florida 34236
Toll Free: 800-441-2113 • Telephone: (941) 388-2161

For information contact:
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Friday May 13th
Sponsored by: Christian Legal Society of Jacksonville, Florida (CLS)
12 noon -1:15 pm: Presentation followed by book signing

The University Club of Jacksonville
1301 Riverplace Blvd # 2516
Jacksonville, FL 32207-9085
(904) 396-1687

Cost: $15 for attorneys, $10 for students
RSVP to Rose Marie K. Preddy

Saturday June 18th
Sponsored by: American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association (ACCCA)
3:30 – 4:45 pm: Presentation followed by book signing
Open to members and to Catholic clergy and religious of Florida


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ACCCA Annual Conference
Residencia Jesús Maestro
717 NE 27th Street
Miami, FL 33127

For information contact:
Paul E. Rogers, President ACCCA @ 262.627.0636 or Paul



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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

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Excellent book on the topic!,
June 13, 2005 Nathan Eanes
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The Biblical Truth about America's Death Penalty is a must-read. It deals with Biblical standards of Capital Punishment and then compares them to the system used in America today. It is the best-researched, most faithful to scripture, and most evenhanded analysis I have ever read concerning the Death Penalty. Whatever your persuasion on the issue, this book will teach you a great deal. Recinella is a trained lawyer and committed Christian who now volunteers part-time on Florida's death row. He thus understands law, the Bible, and the system of execution in America. I challenge anyone who supports the Death Penalty to read this book.



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