Sr. Helen Prejean
"DEAD MAN WALKING: The Journey Continues"
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2018
Sr. Helen Prejean is a southern storyteller. She brings you on a journey during her talk about how she got involved with the Ministry Against the Death Penalty. Her stories are about many special people she has met along the way. She is passionate about the mission of getting rid of the Death Penalty because she has witnessed and accompanied 6 men to their executions. She feels there is no dignity or justice in this punishment. Her book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, was made into a movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, as well as an opera and a play for high schools and colleges.
Sister Helen Prejean’s lecture is now available online below:
Sister Helen Prejean has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions. She travels around the world giving talks about her ministry. She considers herself a southern storyteller.
Sister Helen is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph. She spent her first years with the Sisters teaching religion to junior high school students. Realizing that being on the side of poor people is an essential part of the Gospel she moved into the St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans and began working at Hope House from 1981 – 1984.
During this time, she was asked to correspond with a death row inmate Patrick Sonnier at Angola. She agreed and became his spiritual adviser. After witnessing his execution, she wrote a book about the experience. The result was Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. It became a movie, an opera and a play for high schools and colleges.
Since 1984, Sister Helen has divided her time between educating citizens about the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners. She has accompanied six men to their deaths. In doing so, she began to suspect that some of those executed were not guilty. This realization inspired her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, which was released by Random House in December of 2004.
Sr. Helen is presently at work on another book - RIVER OF FIRE: MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY.