Thursday, February 27, 2020

6:00 pm: Reception for donors and alumni
7:00 – 9:00 pm: Lecture and book signing

Sister Helen Prejean will discuss her life’s work and sign copies of her books, including her new memoir, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey

Known around the world for her tireless work against the death penalty, Sister Helen Prejean has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on capital punishment and in shaping the Catholic Church’s vigorous opposition to all executions.

Please join us for this lecture and additional events at St. Catherine University that can deepen individual understanding of the many issues connected with capital punishment, as part of this integrated learning series:

  • February 2020
    Library exhibit, St. Catherine University Library
    “The Killing State: Extra-judicial Police Killings and Capital Punishment”
  • February 7, 12:00 –1:30 pm
    “The Killing State: Extra-judicial Police Killings and Capital Punishment”
    Brown Bag Lunch
    St. Catherine University, Center for Women (Coeur de Catherine, 230)
  • February 18, 4:00 pm
    Film screening,  Dead Man Walking
    St. Catherine University, The Pulse (Coeur de Catherine)

COST:  The February 27 lecture is open to the public. For more information contact Center for Spirituality and Justice at St. Catherine University: or 651-690-6724.


Sponsored by St Catherine University Theology Department, SCU Endowed Chair of the Sciences, Myser Initiative, and Sisters of St. Joseph Justice Commission and Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality.


Wisdom Ways will host River of Fire: Book Discussion
Facilitator: Deborah Jiang-Stein
Tuesday, February 4, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Learn more and RSVP



Sister Helen Prejean is known for her tireless work against the death penalty.  After serving as spiritual advisor to several death row inmates, she wrote Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, intended to strip away the secrecy behind the death penalty in the U.S. The book ignited a national debate and inspired an Academy Award-winning movie, a play, and an opera. Sister Helen continues her work educating the public, campaigning against the death penalty, counseling individual death row prisoners, and working with murder victims’ family members. Her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, was published in 2004; and her third book, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey, was published in 2019.

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