Accompanying a Man on Death Row

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Accompanying a Man on Death Row

Catholic News Agency presents a narrative about accompanying a man on Death Row by Fr. Dustin Feddon, a priest and prison minister in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, as well as the Executive Director of Joseph House. This article can be read on the Catholic News Agency website by clicking here.

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