Catholic priest forms bond with Death Row inmate

(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]


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