An Evening with Sr. Helen Prejean: Christians as Catalysts against the Death Penalty

Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Contact: Christi Schott ·

Location: Roussel Performance Hall, 2nd Floor, Comm./Music Complex

An Evening with Sr. Helen Prejean: Christians as Catalysts against the Death Penalty

Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph and has become a leading advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. She began her prison ministry in 1981 when she became the spiritual adviser to Patrick Sonnier, a death row inmate at Louisiana State Penitentiary. This experience opened her eyes to the execution process and she began speaking out against capital punishment. In 1994, Sr. Helen recorded her experiences in Dead Man Walking, an international and national bestseller, which was later developed into an Oscar nominated major motion picture.

Sr. Helen has served on numerous boards including the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and is a member of Amnesty International and an honorary member of Murder Victim Families for Reconciliation. In 2004, she published a second book The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, which examines how flaws in the death penalty system inevitably lead to innocent people being executed.

Today, Sr. Helen lectures nationally and internationally and works with the Death Penalty Discourse Network  to educate the public about the death penalty. As the founder of Survive, a victim’s advocacy group in New Orleans, Sr. Helen continues to counsel not only inmates on death row, but the families of murder victims as well.

Sponsored by: St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, and the Jesuit Social Research Institute.


  • Jesuit Social Research Institute
  • Loyola Institute for Ministry