Mount St. Joseph University

Sr. Helen Prejean Speaks On Campus

Dateline: student newspaper

By: Emily Berning

File Under: lecture, sister helen prejean

“People are more than the worst thing they have ever done in their lives” – Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean, author, activist, teacher, and spiritual advisor will be visiting the College of Mount St. Joseph on March 26. At 7 p.m. that evening, Prejean will give a lecture in the College Theater.

Prejean has spent the bulk of her life educating people and advocating against the death penalty. According to her website,, Prejean has counseled and “accompanied six men to their deaths,” seeing these men die led her to “suspect that some of those executed were not guilty.”

Prejean has published two books about the death penalty, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States and The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions. Dead Man Walking tells of Prejean’s experience counseling a death row inmate and eventually witnessing his execution.

Dead Man Walking was a best-selling book for 31 weeks and has received global attention. The story was subsequently turned into an Oscar nominated movie and a play.

In collaboration with Mother of Mercy High School and McAuley High School, the Mount will be hosting three performances of Dead Man Walking. Over 80 students from the three schools are in the cast, including Mount senior Jacob Hamm, as well as the Mount’s Chief of Police, Tim Carney, and history Professor Peter Robinson, Ph.D.

The play will be performed for the public on March 25 and March 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for Mount students, alum and faculty and $10 for the public. On March 25 at 10:50 a.m., 600 students from Mother of Mercy will come to see the performance.  Members of the Mount community are welcome to attend this performance for no charge.