Sister Helen Prejean on the Death Penalty and the Church

Sister Helen Prejean returned to Fairfield and the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola on November 7 to deliver her lecture, “Abolishing the Death Penalty in the United States.”

A member of The Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille, Sr. Helen Prejean has played a pivotal role in sparking a national dialogue against capital punishment through her passionate speeches, critically acclaimed biographies, and tireless ministry work. In her recent lecture, Sr. Prejean reflected on her experiences, and addressed pressing issues surrounding capital punishment and the Pope’s recent revision of the Catechism’s stance on the death penalty.

Sr. Prejean’s experiences in the prison system inspired the publication of her first memoir entitled Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, which spent 31 consecutive weeks on The New York Times’ Best Sellers list.