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Vigils, protests planned for Gregory Wilson’s scheduled execution on Sept. 16

UPDATE: Sept. 16, 9 a.m. While it’s possible a higher court could overturn it, Gregory Wilson currently has a stay of execution. As a result, KCADP has canceled its bus to and vigil at Eddyville. We are asking all other vigil organizers to cancel their events too. Should a higher court overturn the stay and decide to execute Gregory Wilson today, there will be a vigil at Gov. Steve Beshear’s mansion on the capitol grounds in Frankfort at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Please join the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and other groups next week in peaceful recognition and opposition to the unnecessary execution of Gregory Wilson.

KCADP-sponsored vigils

Two buses will carry pilgrims to Eddyville on the day of the execution of Gregory Wilson, Sept. 16.

A bus leaves Covington at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time and heads to Lexington where it will pick up riders at the Catholic Center (1310 W. Main St.) at 2:30 p.m. It is air-conditioned and equipped with a bathroom. Riders will enjoy each other’s company, make new friends, and be much more rested than when driving oneself or riding cramped in a car. Suggested donation: $25. Seats are limited, so to reserve a seat, folks leaving from Covington should contact Sr. Dorothy Schuette  at 859-8974 ext. 133 or

Another luxurious bus, air-conditioned and with a bathroom, will leave Louisville from the parking lot of Holy Family Parish (3926 Poplar Level Road) at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Suggested donation: $20. Seating is limited and you must reserve a seat by contacting Kaye Gallagher at 502-636-1330 or

If traveling on your own, please arrive early enough to allow time for searching your body and your vehicle. This is why riding on a bus is a good idea. It saves time upon arrival.

And please note the different time zones.

Kentucky State Penitentiary
Thursday, Sept. 16, 5:30 p.m. CENTRAL DAYLIGHT TIME

Governor’s Mansion
Thursday, Sept. 16, 6:30pm EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME

Other vigils
Contact persons for these vigils can be reached to see if there are any changes regarding the time and/or place for a vigil. KCADP encourages the hosting of as many vigils as possible throughout the state and is excited that these are being planned. As we are given additional sites and information we will post them on the website.

Holy Spirit Parish
4754 Smallhouse Road
Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 8:15 p.m. CENTRAL DAYLIGHT TIME
Contact: Richard Murphy at 270-683-1545 or

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption
1130 Madison Ave.
Thursday, Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME
Contact: Sr. Dorothy Schuette at 859-8974 ext. 133 or

St. John Chrysostom
221 Penn St.
Thursday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME during the regular Holy Hour
Contact: Carol Heilman at

Cathedral of Christ the King
299 Colony Blvd.
Thursday, Sept. 16, 5:30 p.m. Mass, vigil at 6 p.m. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME
Contact Polly Collum-Duncan at 859-253-1993, ext. 224 or

Lexington Triangle Park
Corner of Main and Broadway
Thursday, Sept. 16, 6-7:30 p.m. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME
Contact Richard Mitchell at 859-327-6277 or

Cathedral of the Assumption with Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral and Fourth Avenue United Methodist faith communities
433 S. 5th St.
Thursday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME
Contact: Sharon Schuman at 502-636-0296 ext. 1264 or

Church of the Epiphany
914 Old Harrod’s Creek Road
Thursday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME
Contact: Sr. Larraine Laute at 502-245-9733 ext. 19 or

Jefferson County Judicial Center
700 W. Jefferson St.
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 3 p.m. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME
Kentucky Association Criminal Defense Lawyers
Contact: Frank Mascagni at 502-583-2831

Little Sisters of the Poor
15 Audubon Plaza Dr.
Thursday, Sept. 16, 4 p.m. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME
Contact: Sr. Erin at 502-636-2300 or

St. Joseph Parish
702 W. Broadway
Thursday, Sept. 16, 6 p.m. CENTRAL DAYLIGHT TIME
Contact: Rev. Ken Mikulcik at 270-247-2843

St. Pius X Parish
3418 U.S. Highway 60 East
Time and date to be announced
Contact: Richard Murphy at 270-683-1545 or

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  1. Lorita Wadsworth says

    I pray that this execution will not happen. I wish the chance to know Gregory Wilson as some of the Sisters have come to know this changed man. I wish to support life, good and rehabilitation of this man and to hope that this non-execution can and will promote people to do what is right. He was young and he has suffered immeasurably since this tragic, dumb mistake. I pray for his life, so that he may benefit others in the name of Deborah Pooley and others he may have harmed. We are God’s people. We are not perfect and God will judge. This is history repeating itself. But, let’s lend a kinder ear and promote goodness and forgiveness. Even Life in prison is about as bad as being executed. Please , God and other, hear my prayer, as I agonize for a human being, one created by God. God does love what he creates. Lets try again and give Greg another chance. He is not ours to do away with. So sincerely, Lorita Wadfsworth, R.N.

  2. Maureen Perez says

    He deserves to die for what he did! Think about the poor victim and her family. God will take care of him in hell.

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