On Thursday, February 1st, as part of Catholic Schools Week and the Academy Oath Book program, Christian Brothers Academy will have the distinct honor of hosting Sister Helen Prejean, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, for a school-wide assembly.
Sister Helen rose to national prominence following her 1993 book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, which was later made into an Academy Award-winning film.
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. Sister Helen has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and in helping shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions.
Sister Helen’s second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, was published in 2004. She is presently at work on another book, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.
Sister Helen’s talk at CBA will be open to our community. Copies of Sister Helen’s two books, Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents, will be available for sale, and Sister Helen will be happy to autograph them after her talk ($15 per book; $25 for any 2 books).
Learn more about Sister Helen and her work: