Sister Helen Prejean C.S.J is coming back to Kentucky with her gift of storytelling to speak about her years of ministering to those caught up in our criminal justice system because of violent murders and violent executions.
Best known for her groundbreaking book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, Sr. Helen continues to educate listeners about the tragedy of the death penalty. As a result of accompanying six men to their deaths, she began to suspect that some of those executed were not guilty. This insight led to her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions.
While in Kentucky both books will be available for purchase at $15 each or $25 for both. Following her presentations she is available to sign copies of the purchased books.
- She will be preaching at 7:00 p.m. at the annual assembly of the Kentucky Council of Churches, Friday Oct. 24, at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway, Lakeside Park, KY. This is a public event and we invite all our supporters in northern Kentucky to come hear Sister Helen. Bring a friend and your State Senator and State Representative with you. For complete information about the annual assembly click here for the Conference brochure.
- On Saturday Oct. 25, Sister Helen will present “Dead Man Walking – The Journey Continues” from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at St. Michael Church, 3705 Stone Lakes Dr., Louisville, Ky. For directions, click here.
Sister Helen 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.
Her journey began when asked to correspond with a death row inmate, Patrick Sonnier. Her first book – later a movie, an opera, and a play – is an account of that experience. Through her public appearances she invites listeners to join her as the journey continues.
Walk with her by bringing yourself, a friend, and your State Senator and State Representative to one of these inspiring events.
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