Sister Helen Prejean, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Dead Man Walking will speak at First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist Duxbury on Saturday September 18. Sr. Helen’s talk is free and open to the public.
Sr. Helen’s talk will begin at 4:00. The church is located at 842 Tremont St. (Route 3A) Duxbury (781-934-6532). Copies of Sr. Helens’ books will be available for purchase at a reception following her talk and Sr. Helen will be available to autograph copies for those who are interested.
Having dedicated her life to the poor of New Orleans, Sister Helen began her prison ministry in 1981 when 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. At Sonnier’s invitation, she visited him as his spiritual advisor.
Sr. Helen achieved national prominence with the 1993 publication of Dead Man
Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. The
book was number one on the New York Times Best Seller List for 31 weeks. It also
was an international best seller and has been translated into ten different
languages. In 1996, the book was developed into a motion picture starring Susan
Sarandon as Sister Helen and Sean Penn as a death row inmate.
First Parish Church Duxbury is planning other events focused on raising public
awareness of the death penalty. On Friday, September 10, the movie Dead Man
Walking will be shown in the Church’s Harvey Assembly Hall and on Friday and in
October there will be a potluck supper followed by a discussion of the movie,
Sr. Helen’s talk and the death penalty. Both are open to the public.