Sister Helen Prejean to Speak in Wheeling

WHEELING—Congregation of St. Joseph Sister Helen Prejean will be speaking at Sisters of St. Joseph Associate Day in Wheeling Sept. 14.

Her talk will be held in the main chapel at Mount St. Joseph at 7:30 p.m.

Sister Prejean has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions. She travels around the world giving talks about her ministry. She considers herself a southern storyteller. Her home is in New Orleans.

Based on her experiences as a spiritual advisor to many on death row, she has written two books. The first was “Dead Man Walking; An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States,” which became a movie, an opera and a play for high schools and colleges.


The second book was based on her experiences of accompanying six men to their deaths. In doing so, she began to suspect that some of those executed were not guilty. This realization inspired her second book, “The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions,” which was released by Random House in December of 2004. Sister Prejean is presently at work on another book “River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.”

Reservations are required due to limited seating. Contact Sister Mary Clark at Mount St. Joseph at (304) 232-8160 by Sept. 6, to reserve a seat.  There will be a freewill offering. A reception and book signing will follow.