Pastor who ministers to death row inmates to speak at Notre Dame

Rebecca Berfanger
January 1, 2007
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The Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will sponsor "Death Row Ministry and Indiana ;s Upcoming Execution of David Woods" from noon to 12:50 p.m. Wednesday in the University of Notre Dame Law School ;s courtroom, Room 121. The event is open to the public.

The speaker is Wanda Callahan, a pastor of the Church of Brethren in Goshen. She has counseled death row inmates for more than 30 years, both in Florida and Indiana. Callahan will speak about the death penalty, especially in regard to the scheduled execution of David Woods May 4.

Callahan is Woods ; longtime pastor. Woods, 42, admitted to stabbing to death a 77-year-old neighbor during a robbery and has been on death row since 1985.

Woods and two other death row inmates are challenging the use of lethal injection for the death penalty, and a hearing is scheduled in U.S. District Court on Thursday morning. The state parole board voted unanimously Monday to recommend against clemency.

More information on Callahan is available at

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