How should someone respond to murder, and in particular, the murder of one's own child? In 1987, Rev. Walter Everett's son, Scott, was shot and killed by Mike Carlucci. In working through his pain, Rev. Everett forgave his son's killer, even going so far as to speak on Carlucci's behalf during a parole hearing, helping him to obtain early release. Since then, Rev. Everett and Mr. Carlucci have appeared togeter at universities, churches and community groups speaking about the healing power of forgiveness.
For this event, Rev. Everett and the Most Rev. Frederick Campbell, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus, will share their reflections about forgiveness and the death penalty in America today. The evening will be moderated by Dr. Peter Cimbolic, President of Ohio Dominican University.
This event is sponsored by the Office of the President of Ohio Dominican University and will be at the univerity's Matesich Theater in Erskine Hall:
Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road,
Admission is free, but seating is limited to the first 500 people who register. You can register below, but registration must be completed by noon on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. If you do not have the ability to register online, you can also call the Center for Dominican Studies at (614) 251-4722. Light refreshments will be available in the lobby from 6 to 7pm.
Walter Everett, a retired pastor of the United Methodist Church of Hartford, Conneticut, is an advocate of the anti-death penalty movement and is active in numerous abolition and restorative justice organizations. He has been interviewed for national radio programs and various publications, including Rolling Stone Magazine.
Rev. Everett serves on the board of directors for Murder Victims' Families For Human Rights (MVFHR), a non-governmental organization with a national and international mission to abolish the death penalty, as well as on the Board of Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Delaware Repeal Project and has spoken in 17 states from Connecticut to Texas. On June 27, 2005, the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty presented Rev. Everett with its newly created Humanitarian Award.
The Most Reverend Frederick F. Campbell has served as the 11th Bishop of Columbus since 2005. Among his many community involvements, Bishop Campbell sits on the boards of Ohio Dominican University, Mother Angeline McCrory Manor, The Catholic Foundation, the Kinder Women's Care Center and the Pontifical College Josephinum where he is the Vice Chancellor.
A native of Elmira, New York, Bishop Campbell, DD, PhD holds undergraduate and advanced degrees in History and Foreign Language. He has taught History at the Pontifical College Josephinum and California State College in San Bernardino. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis by the Most Reverend John R. Roach in 1980 and a bishop by Archbishop Harry J. Flynn in 1999.