Events Archive

November 10, 2006
Guest Speaker

Speaker: Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Wynne Courtroom
Contact: Contact Kyle Galster for more information: (317) 274-1916 or kgalster@iupui.edu

"Dead Man Walking--The Journey Continues"
Lecture: 3:30 p.m., Wynne Courtroom Reception and Book Signing: 5:00 p.m., Conour Atrium

Sister Helen Prejean was born on April 21, 1939, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille in 1957 and received a B.A. in English and Education from St. Mary's Dominican College, New Orleans in 1962. In 1973, she earned an M.A. in Religious Education from St. Paul's University in Ottawa, Canada. She has been the Religious Education Director at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in New Orleans, the Formation Director for her religious community, and has taught junior and senior high school students.

Sister Helen began her prison ministry in 1981 when she dedicated her life to the poor of New Orleans. While living in the St. Thomas housing project, she became pen pals with Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers, sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana's Angola State Prison.