About Helen Prejean
- Born on April 21, 1939
- 76 years old
- “I saw the suffering and I let myself feel it… I saw the injustice and was compelled to do something about it. I changed from being a nun who only prayed for the suffering world to a woman with my sleeves rolled up, living my prayer.”
- Sister Helen Prejean dedicated her life to the poor. She was a leader in the movement to abolish the death penalty. Also known for her book "Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty". This books states her personal experiences with the death penalty.
- She believed Capital Punishment was unjust and immoral.
- Prejean is living out the foundational principles for a just society taught in God's Old and New Law by respecting all life, devoting her life to the poor, and helping families who have had experience with the death penalty.
- She is living out the Corporal Works of Mercy by visiting the imprisoned and feeding the hungry (specifilcally in New Orleans).
- She is serving the common good and making institutions of society better by writing two books about the injustice of Capital Punishment and her expericenes with it.
- We can help by giving to the poor and living our prayer as she does.
- She was a member of Amnesty International and an honorary member of Murder Victim Families for Reconciliation.
- Has served on the board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
- Her book was on the New York Times bestseller list for 31 weeks. It was also on the International bestseller list.
- Was awarded the Pacem in Terris Award, which honored her for being a peacemaker.
- Her book became a film.