WCADP will be tabling at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts during Sister Helen’s talk. Come join us! Purchase tickets here.
From their site:
The death penalty is one of the greatly debated issues facing America, yet very few delve deeply enough into this issue to make informed decisions about it.
Sister Helen Prejean’s invites audiences to take time to learn, explore, and reflect. As a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, Sister Prejean realized her calling was to support the poor and underserved. She began working at the St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans and Hope House in the mid-1980s. During this time, she was asked to correspond with a death row inmate and became his spiritual adviser. After witnessing his execution, she wrote a book about her experience. The result was Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. The book became a movie, an opera, and a play for high schools and colleges.
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 and these experiences led to a follow-up book and lecture circuit where she seeks to educate the public on this important issue.