Today, Rodney Sanders entered a plea of not guilty in the deaths of Sisters Paula Merrill and Margaret Held. Friends of Sisters Paula and Margaret, Jamie and Sam Sample, were in the Lexington, Mississippi, courtroom to witness Sander’s plea. The trial is set for Feb. 12, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.

We continue to pray for all affected by this tragic murder including Rodney Sanders. Let us remember the public statement we made in 2016, in the days after the deaths of Sisters Paula and Margaret:

We two Congregations ask that we move forward together in a prayerful and healing manner, focusing on the lives of Sisters Paula Merrill and Margaret Held, two compassionate, faith-filled women. We want to reiterate our beliefs as women of faith, that we value life. For years now the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and the School Sisters of St. Francis have worked to abolish the death penalty, even as we seek justice and truth.

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