According to the October 19, 2012 issue of The Record, Saint John’s Abbey has a Peace and Justice Committee.
From “Students Sending Letters to Prison”:
Last Wednesday, Brother Peter Sullivan, OSB sent an email inviting CSB/SJU students to become pen pals with inmates on Death Row. Nearly 150 students have signed up for the program, far surpassing all of Sullivan’s hopes for the program.
Sullivan, the director of this program, is a member of the Abbey’s Peace and Justice committee. He began writing to inmates on Death Row while on the committee and recently asked permission to include students in the program. He was incredibly surprised by the amazing, instantaneous response he received.
“In the first minute after sending the email, I received five responses,” Sullivan said. “My first thought was “uh oh what have I done.”
In the first few hours, Sullivan reported receiving over 100 emails from students interested in having a pen pal on Death Row. Sullivan believes the incredible response from the CSB/SJU community reflects the compassion students have and are willing to share with others.
It is unclear which death row inmates the students connected with.
One of the students that Rev. Francisco Schulte’s interacted with in Puerto Rico [ View ] is currently on death row in Georgia.