Ohio Dominican University Hosts “A Presentation On Capital Punishment: A Journey Through Pain, To Forgiveness, To Redemption”

Rev. Walter Everett


Columbus, OH (43219) – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) hosted Reverend Walter Everett and Bishop Frederick F. Campbell, D.D., Ph.D. for their lecture and discussion on the death penalty titled: A  Presentation On Capital Punishment: Reflections by Reverend Walter Everett And Bishop Frederick Campbell - A Journey Through Pain, To Forgiveness, To Redemption. The discussion was moderated by ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D., who was instrumental in organizing the event. 

The event took place from 7 to 9 p.m. on October 9 in the Matesich Theatre, which is located inside Erskine Hall on ODU’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219.   

The entire event was video recorded.  

Part 1: Rev. Everett’s presentation 

Part 2: Bishop Campbell’s reflection 

Part 3: Question & Answer 

Walter Everett, a retired pastor of the United Methodist Church of Hartford, Conn., is an advocate of the anti-death penalty movement and is active in numerous abolition and restorative justice organizations.  He has been interviewed for national radio programs as well as in publications, such as Rolling Stone Magazine. 

In 1987, Rev. Everett’s son, Scott, 24, was shot and killed.  Since then, he has forgiven his son’s killer, Mike Carlucci, and even spoke on Carlucci’s behalf during a parole hearing, which helped him obtain early release.  Rev. Everett and Carlucci also have spoken together at universities, churches and community groups about the healing power of forgiveness.  Rev. Everett shared his story and how he came to forgive Carlucci only a matter of months after his son’s death. 

Rev. Everett serves on the board of directors for Murder Victims’ Families For Human Rights (MVFHR), a non-governmental organization with a national and international mission to abolish the death penalty, as well as on the Board of Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.  He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Delaware Repeal Project and has spoken in 17 states from Connecticut to Texas.  On June 27, 2005, the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty presented Rev. Everett with its newly created Humanitarian Award. 

The Most Reverend Frederick F. Campbell has served as the 11th Bishop of Columbus since 2005.  Among his many community involvements, Bishop Campbell sits on the boards of Ohio Dominican University, Mother Angeline McCrory Manor, The Catholic Foundation, the Kinder Women’s Care Center and the Pontifical College Josephinum, where he is the Vice Chancellor. Bishop Campbell discussed Catholic teaching on the death penalty. 

A native of Elmira, New York, Bishop Campbell holds undergraduate and advanced degrees in History and Foreign Language.  He has taught History at the Pontifical College Josephinum and California State College in San Bernardino.  He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis by the Most Reverend John R. Roach in 1980 and a bishop by Archbishop Harry J. Flynn in 1999. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.