Dear friend,

I wanted to make sure you knew about this death penalty event happening near you.

At 7PM on Wednesday, October 15th at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Dayton, a distinguished panelist is coming to discuss his experience with the death penalty.

On April 19, 1995, Bud Welch’s 23-year-old daughter, Julie, and 167 others were killed in the bomb blast that destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City. Welch had always opposed the death penalty, but Julie’s death prompted bouts of hatred and revenge. He longed to see Timothy McVeigh dead, but after months of agony, he realized that nothing positive would arise from McVeigh’s execution. “It was hatred and revenge that made me want to see him dead and those two things were the very reason that Julie and 167 others were dead,” he says. He also remembered Julie’s comments that executions were only “teaching children to hate.”

The evening is called “Choosing Forgiveness: Finding Solace in Mercy, Not Revenge.” The talk will be at 7:00 pm at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4500 Ackerman Blvd., in Kettering, and will be preceded by a light supper starting at 5:30.

Don’t miss what is sure to be a capitivating exchange by Mr. Welch. I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, October 15th at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church!

Please share this information with others and encourage them to attend with you, or instead of you if you cannot make it.


Kevin Werner
Executive Director

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