Sister Helen Prejean has been hailed as the nation’s foremost leader in efforts to abolish the death penalty. Her work as an activist nun, campaigning to educate Americans about the inhumanity of the death penalty, is known to millions worldwide. Sister Helen joins us via livestream for a reflection on her growth as a spiritual leader and her relationships with friends, fellow nuns, and mentors who have shaped her over the years. With stories from her book River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey, she recalls pivotal moments that urged her to action, redirecting her focus from praying for God to solve the world’s problems to engaging full-tilt in working to transform societal injustices. With unmistakable heart and candor, Sister Helen offers us a glimpse into her living exploration of faith and spirituality, doubt and belief, purpose and passion.
Sister Helen Prejean has worked for decades to spark a national dialogue on capital punishment, and has been instrumental in shaping the Catholic Church’s vigorous opposition to all executions. As part of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Sister Helen has taught high school, served as the Religious Education Director at St. Frances Cabrini Parish, and served as a spiritual advisor to inmates on death row—an experience about which she wrote her book Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States.
Thanks to a generous gift from Sr. Helen Prejean, Elliott Bay is able to offer a limited number of free copies of either River of Fire or Dead Man Walking. Quantities are limited. Request a copy here: RIVER OF FIRE or DEAD MAN WALKING
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