Dale and Dr. Susan Ward Recinella

Dale Recinella has gathered thousands of stories – both joyful and painful – along his 20-year journey as a spiritual counselor and Catholic lay chaplain in Florida’s prisons. On behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Florida, he ministers cell-to-cell to more than 400 men on Florida’s death row and the approximately 2,000 men in Florida’s long-term solitary confinement. He and his wife, Dr. Susan Ward Recinella, have ministered as a team during executions. He serves as spiritual advisor to the condemned and Dr. Recinella serves as a lay minister to the families and loved ones of the condemned.

Dale and Susan are inspirational speakers and members of the Catholic Mobilizing Network Speakers Bureau team, traveling internationally and throughout the United States, telling their personal story and sharing the powerful and tragic stories of those they meet in their daily lives.

Read more about the Recinellas’ ministry.

Listen to Dr. Susan Recinella’s talk “Ministry to the Family of the Condemned During an Execution”, below. For copies of the talk, please contact the Office of Life Ministry.