Sr. Helen Prejean – Monday 2/12 7 pm

Sister Helen Prejean will speak in Lorimer Chapel at ColbyCollege on Monday February 12th, 7:00 pm in Lorimer Chapel.  The event is free and open to the public.

Sr. Helen has been engaged in prison ministry for over 35years and became spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier who was sentenced to die by electric chair by the state of Louisiana.

Her experience became the Book Dead Man Walking: AnEyewitness Account of the Death Penalty, an American Library Associates Notable Book which spent 31 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list.

In 1996, the book was adapted into a major film, starringSusan Sarandon as Helen Prejean (film screening Thursday 2/8, 7:30 pm, Lovejoy 100).

Sister Helen has become one of the world’s foremost advocates for abolition of the death penalty through organizing, writing, and speaking.  She has served on the board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Amnesty International Murder Victim Families for Reconciliation, and is presently the Chairperson of Moratorium Campaign.

The occasion is sponsored by the Gerrish Fund, Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, Colby College.

Sr. Helen will be introduced by a brief performance fromMaine Inside Out – which facilitate the creation of original theater in partnership with formerly incarcerated Maine youth –  to engage the community in dialogue about issues related to incarceration.