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Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement

An Evening with Sister Helen Prejean - Registration is Closed for the Event

Date: 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST February 4, 2015 Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

  • photo by Scott Langly
    photo by Scott Langly

Agnes Flanagan Chapel

I don’t see capital punishment as a peripheral issue about some criminals at the edge of society that people want to execute. I see the death penalty connected to the three deepest wounds of our society: racism, poverty, and violence.  – Sr. Helen Prejean


Update Added January 28th: We have reached 400 RSVP’s for the event - Registration is now closed.

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.  

An opportunity for purchasing/autographing books with Sr. Helen Prejean will be available after her talk.  This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement and the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life at Lewis & Clark College.

Free and open to the public. RSVP Required (limited to 400 people)

Registration for this event is now closed.

Event Cost

Free - RSVP required - limited to 400 people

Event Contact

Cathy  503.768.7743

Update Added January 28th: We have reached 400 RSVP’s for the event - Registration is now closed.