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Sister Helen Prejean Visits Kentucky in December

Prejean Sister Helen Prejean will be speaking at two events in Kentucky in December. She is coming to promote the 20th anniversary of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States which Random House is re-issuing. It includes a new Forward and several new Afterwards.

She is also coming to help us celebrate the 25th anniversary of the incorporation of the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty on December 10.

On December 5, at 7 p.m., she will speak at the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library at 4th and York in downtown Louisville. This event is free, but you have to have tickets. To reserve your ticket, visit the Library website by clicking here.

On the following day, Sister Helen will speak in Lexington at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to come to St. Peter Church at 145 Barr Street, in downtown Lexington.


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.

prejeanfinalAt the left, is a postcard that can be downloaded by clicking here. The downloaded file will print four postcards. Print them on card stock and mail them to friends you wish to invite to one of these events. Also, you could send one to your State Senator and your State Representative and urge them to attend an event with Sister Helen. Nota Bene: the address for St. Peter on the card is for the business office, next door to the church. Using this address or the one above will bring people to the right place.

Photo: Courtesy of Sr. Helen Prejean

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