Catholic Bishops of Florida urge Governor Scott to spare the life of Patrick Hannon; Floridians pray for an end to the use of the death penalty




TALLAHASSEE, FL  – The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops urges Governor Rick Scott to spare the life of Patrick Hannon. Hannon is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. for the 1991 murders of Brandon Snider and Robert Carter.

In a November 6 letter on behalf of the bishops of Florida, Michael Sheedy, executive director, appealed to Governor Scott to commute Hannon’s death sentence to a life sentence without parole.

“Indeed, Mr. Hannon’s violent acts call out for justice and should be condemned,” said Sheedy. “However, a life sentence without parole is an alternative and a severe sentence. It is not necessary to execute Mr. Hannon to keep society safe from him and to punish him, so we urge you to implement this non-lethal punishment and commute his sentence to life without the possibility of parole.”

Prior to Hannon’s scheduled execution, Catholic faithful and other concerned Floridians will gather in various locations across the state to pray for the victims and their families, the condemned on death row, and the governor as he confronts the decision to proceed with the execution.


In the Diocese of Palm Beach, a prayer vigil will be starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola, 9999 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens. The service will begin in the chapel followed by a procession and silent vigil in front of the Cathedral from 5:45-6:15 p.m.  Click here to view a list of locations and times for other prayer vigils scheduled around the state. 

The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops is an agency of the Catholic Bishops of Florida. It speaks for the Church in matters of public policy and serves as liaison to the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. The archbishop and bishops of the seven (arch)dioceses in Florida constitute its board of directors.



Click here to view the full text of Sheedy's letter to Governor Scott


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