In the February 2010 issue of U.S. Catholic, Frisco, Texas resident Michael Denson, founder of the Catholic Death Row Ministry was profiled.
Denson’s ministry has slightly more than 15 volunteers around the country who write letters of support and make visits to inmates in maximum-security prisons. According the Denson, his volunteers have written or visited some 1,400 prisoners. Denson has also witnessed four executions, at the request of the inmates or family members of victims, yet he has not experienced the feeling of closure he is continuously promised.
Denson’s ministry has the blessing of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, however he knows that his outreach is far less popular than others. According to Denson, he never executed that many like minded people would share his passion for bringing hope to people who have destroyed hope for others, however he felt is was something he was called to do. “The general attitude is ‘Let’s kill them, and let’s kill them as quick as we can.’ I don’t judge others for holding that opinion, but it doesn’t work for me.”