MEET THE DIRECTOR - MARY CATHERINE JOHNSON
Mary Catherine came to New Hope House in 2016. Her primary responsibilities include visiting prisoners on Georgia’s death row, hosting death row families during visitation weekends and executions, and attending all capital trials in Georgia to support the defendants and their families, as well as the legal teams. She also serves as the office administrator for the ministry.
“I’ve been working to end the death penalty in one way or another for my entire adult life,” Mary Catherine says. “I always knew on some level that God was calling me to devote my life to this cause, but it was not until I discovered the work of New Hope House that it all came together: This is where I am meant to be.”
Mary Catherine has served as both a board member and chair of Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP), and as a Georgia representative at the Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the US Supreme Court for over 10 years. She is on the board of directors of the Open Door Community, an organization with 40+ years' history of advocacy for people on death row and the abolition of the death penalty.
With a degree in Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University, Mary Catherine worked as an arts administrator prior to coming to New Hope House. She held positions at the International Sculpture Center in New Jersey and the Emory University Visual Arts Department & Gallery in Atlanta. She also has an extensive volunteer history with hospice care.