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Catholic priest forms bond with Death Row inmate


spiritual-advisers-sidebar-art-g3po8fr3-1frhummer2012-jpg(Columbus Dispatch) When Death Row inmate Mark Wiles asked the Rev. Lawrence Hummer to comfort him during his final hours, the Catholic priest agreed.

“The only thing is, I’m a little bit afraid of screwing it up because I’ve never done this before,” Hummer told him.

Wiles reassured him, saying, “I’ve never done this before, either.”

Hummer, a priest for 40 years, has a contract to counsel Catholic inmates at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution. When Death Row moved to the prison in 2011, his role expanded to include men facing execution.

Hummer, the pastor at St. Mary Catholic Church 5 miles away, visits the prison each Monday to say two Masses — one for the general population and the other for Death Row. About a dozen attend from Death Row. [more]


Columbus Dispatch



  1. Recovered Catholic says:

    All the near death experiencers who speak at IANDS organization say they were all meet with unconditional love and mercy. We are all playing “roles” here on Earth in the physical plane. That inmate was playing his. “There but for the grace of God go I.”

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I am glad he had such compassion and forgiveness.

  3. truth says:

    This priest is in my prayer for this ministry is not easy. God keep him in His care.

  4. Deacon Joe Vrindten says:

    “The Lord works in mysterious ways!”


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