Helen Prejean

Amanda Lorja

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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.


  1. She was a member of Amnesty International and an honorary member of Murder Victim Families for Reconciliation.
  2. Has served on the board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
  3. Her book was on the New York Times bestseller list for 31 weeks. It was also on the International bestseller list.
  4. Was awarded the Pacem in Terris Award, which honored her for being a peacemaker.
  5. Her book became a film.