Helen Prejean

Author Of Dead Man Walking

The Face of Love – 8 Oct 2019

Podcast (23 Minutes) – Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean didn’t know what she was getting into when she became pen pals with an inmate on death row, a story told in the film, Dead Man Walking. Now, she’s a fierce advocate against the death penalty. Sister Helen and Kate talk about finding purpose as a discovery that often begins with gentle nudges and tiny yeses.

Sister Helen Prejean is known around the world for her tireless work against the death penalty. She began corresponding with Patrick Sonnier, who had been sentenced to death for the murder of two teenagers. Two years later, when Patrick Sonnier was put to death in the electric chair, Sister Helen was there to witness his execution. Out of this experience, she wrote Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States which ignited a national debate on capital punishment and it inspired an Academy Award winning movie, a play and an opera. Her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, was published in 2004; and her third book, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey, in 2019. Sister Helen continues her work, dividing her time between educating the public, campaigning against the death penalty, counseling individual death row prisoners, and working with murder victims’ family members.

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