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 Helen Prejean Biography

Sister Helen Prejean, a native of Louisiana, is known internationally for her tireless work against the death penalty. She was instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the issue and in shaping the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to all state executions.

Sister Prejean is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph. She spent her first 24 years with the Sisters teaching religion to junior high school students and working within her community, first as religious education director and then as formation director. At the age of 40, she realized that being on the side of poor people was an essential part of the Gospel. She moved into the St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans and began working at Hope House, a center that assists public housing residents.

During this time, she was asked to correspond with a death row inmate. She agreed, and so began a new journey. In 1982, she started visiting Patrick Sonnier in Louisiana’s Angola Prison. She became his spiritual adviser, worked to prevent his execution, and finally walked with him to the electric chair. She did the same thing with a second prisoner, Robert Willie. Concerned with the plight of murder victims’ families she founded Survive, which provides counseling and support for grieving families.

She then sat down and wrote a book about the experience. The result was Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, which Random House published in 1993. The book became a bestseller, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and spawned an Oscar-winning movie and an internationally-acclaimed opera. Now, Tim Robbins has made it into a play that is being performed by high school and college students across the country.

Since 1984, Sister Prejean has divided her time between campaigning against the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners. She has accompanied four more 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 in December of 2004.

She is a regular interviewee and contributor to national and international publications, and has become a recurring presence on major television news shows. Besides her degrees in English and religious education, Sister Prejean has received honorary degrees from universities all over the world and numerous awards. Sister Prejean lives in New Orleans and works with the Death Penalty Discourse Center, the Moratorium Campaign and the Dead Man Walking Play Project. She is presently at work on a new book – River Of Fire: My Spiritual Journey To Death Row.

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The Death of Innocents

The Death of Innocents

Dead Man Walking : An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United Stat

Dead Man Walking : An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United Stat

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  • Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States

  • The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions

  • River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey

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Helen Prejean

Author of Dead Man Walking

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Helen Prejean Biography

Sister Helen Prejean, a native of Louisiana, is known internationally for her tireless work against the death penalty. She was instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the issue and in shaping the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to all state executions.

Sister Prejean is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph. She spent her first 24 years with the Sisters teaching religion to junior high school students and working within her community, first as religious education director and then as formation director. At the age of 40, she realized that being on the side of poor people was an essential part of the Gospel. She moved into the St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans and began working at Hope House, a center that assists public housing residents.

During this time, she was asked to correspond with a death row inmate. She agreed, and so began a new journey. In 1982, she started visiting Patrick Sonnier in Louisiana’s Angola Prison. She became his spiritual adviser, worked to prevent his execution, and finally walked with him to the electric chair. She did the same thing with a second prisoner, Robert Willie. Concerned with the plight of murder victims’ families she founded Survive, which provides counseling and support for grieving families.

She then sat down and wrote a book about the experience. The result was Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, which Random House published in 1993. The book became a bestseller, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and spawned an Oscar-winning movie and an internationally-acclaimed opera. Now, Tim Robbins has made it into a play that is being performed by high school and college students across the country.

Since 1984, Sister Prejean has divided her time between campaigning against the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners. She has accompanied four more 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 in December of 2004.

She is a regular interviewee and contributor to national and international publications, and has become a recurring presence on major television news shows. Besides her degrees in English and religious education, Sister Prejean has received honorary degrees from universities all over the world and numerous awards. Sister Prejean lives in New Orleans and works with the Death Penalty Discourse Center, the Moratorium Campaign and the Dead Man Walking Play Project. She is presently at work on a new book – River Of Fire: My Spiritual Journey To Death Row.

Helen Prejean Videos

  • Sister Helen Prejean - YouTube
  • Sister Helen Prejean - Lecture on the Death Penalty - Part One ...
  • A Faithful Conversation on the Death Penalty with Sister Helen ...

Helen Prejean Books

Helen Prejean Speaking Topics

  • Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States

  • The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions

  • River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey

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  • How to book Helen Prejean?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Helen Prejean for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Helen Prejean, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Helen Prejean or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Helen Prejean?

    Booking fees for Helen Prejean, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Helen Prejean, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Helen Prejean?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Helen Prejean for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Helen Prejean for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Helen Prejean or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Helen Prejean or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Helen Prejean is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Helen Prejean for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Helen Prejean generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Asra Nomani, Alexandra Cousteau, Neil Livingstone, Peter Lance and Jim Hightower. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Helen Prejean for an upcoming event.

Helen Prejean Speaker Videos

  • Sister Helen Prejean - YouTube
    Sister Helen Prejean - Lecture on the Death Penalty - Part One ...
  • A Faithful Conversation on the Death Penalty with Sister Helen ...
    A Life Against Death: The Work of Sister Helen Prejean - YouTube

Helen Prejean Speaking Topics

  • Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States

  • The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions

  • River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey

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