Benedictine College Student Group Honored by KCADP

Benedictine College Student Group Honored by KCADP

Ravens Respect Life Recognized for Work against the Death Penalty

Friday, October 03, 2014

The Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty (KCADP) recently honored the Benedictine College Ravens Respect Life student organization as a community partner for change. The recognition came at KCADP’s annual Champions for Change Banquet in Topeka on September 26. Archbishop Joseph Naumann was also honored at the event, which featured “Innocence Row,” a group of five men who had been wrongly convicted and sentenced to death, but were later exonerated.

“We thank the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty for the honor of this recognition, and we look forward to working further with them,” said Laura Peredo, a Business Management major at Benedictine College and the president of Ravens Respect Life.

Ravens Respect Life worked with KCADP on a bill in the Kansas legislature, SB 126, which would abolish the death penalty in the state. The student organization submitted testimony in support of the bill this past January.

“Through our contact with this organization, our eyes have been opened to the importance of life issues across the spectrum from conception until natural death,” Peredo said. “We recognize that although abortion is an egregious and unprecedented attack on human life, innocent lives are taken in other ways in our country. Our hearts are moved with compassion for the innocent lives and we will not remain silent about these issues.”

KCADP is a not-for-profit corporation organized for the purpose of promoting public education about capital punishment and disseminating information about the death penalty and the effects of executions.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.