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'Moving vigils' to bring faith to repeal of NH death penalty

CONCORD — The N.H. Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has planned a "moving vigil" on Tuesday, March 25 as part of a weeklong movement that will happen in five towns across the state.

Originating with the Faith Initiative of the coalition, the vigils are modeled after those held by the Diocese of Connecticut in 2012 during the state's repeal campaign.

The vigil will begin at 4:30 p.m. and start at State House Plaza. It will make its way and end at Blossom Hill Cemetery. In the event of inclement weather, it will be held at St. Paul's Church, 21 Centre St.

The vigils will act as a visual image of citizen support for death penalty repeal during the week that House Bill 1170 will be moved from the House to the Senate. Additionally, the moving vigils hope to build inspiration in repeal supporters to further intensify their efforts to ensure the repeal bill passes in the Senate. They will involve the faith and goodwill of New Hampshire citizens who will walk the streets of their communities to serve as a bridge to death penalty repeal.

Other vigils

Currently, the five moving vigils are scheduled as follows:

•Hampton: Sunday, March 23, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church.

• Manchester: March 23, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph's Cathdral. The vigil will end at Grace Episcopal Church.

• Berlin: Friday, March 28, beginning at 6 p.m. on the town side of the foot bridge crossing the Androscoggin River.

• Dover: Saturday, March 29, beginning at noon at St. Thomas's Episcopal ChurchFor more information regarding the moving vigils, updates on weather, transportation, etc., please visit the N.H. Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty website at or contact Marti Hunt at or 927-4046.


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