Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series
Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 7:00 p.m., Marcus Pavilion
Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., will speak at Saint Martin’s
University, Lacey, WA on Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 7 p.m. in the
Marcus Pavilion. Sister Helen’s appearance will be the inaugural event
for the 2009-10 Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series.
Admission is free to the public.
Sister Helen was born April 21, 1939 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She
joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille (now The Congregation of
St. Joseph) in 1957. In 1962 she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in
English and Education from St. Mary’s Dominican College, New Orleans,
LA. In 1973 she earned an M.A. degree in Religious Education from St.
Paul’s University, Ottawa, CA.
Sister Helen began her prison ministry in 1981 when she dedicated her
life to the poor in New Orleans. While living in the St. Thomas public
housing project, Sister Helen became a pen pal with Patrick Sonnier,
convicted of killing two teenagers and sentenced to die in Louisiana’s
electric chair at Angola State Prison. Sister Helen began visiting
Sonnier in prison and later turned her experiences in to the book Dead
Man Walking. She published a second book on the death penalty, The Death
of Innocents, in 2005.