RADNOR, Pa. (January 17, 2006) — Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, author of the best-selling book, Dead Man Walking, will address the topics of death-row prisoners and the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the poor during Cabrini College's annual Founder's Day on February 20, 2006, at 7 p.m. in the Grace Hall Atrium.
The event is free and open to the public.
A vehement opponent of capital punishment, Prejean will detail her work on behalf of death-row prisoners through the national Moratorium Campaign she founded.
Prejean, a long-time resident of New Orleans, will touch on the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina and the lingering devastation of the Gulf region.
Sister Prejean's stirring accounts of the death penalty in the United States stem from her personal relationship with a convicted killer.
More than disturbed by death row, Prejean progressed from "pen pal" to penning the international best seller, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States (1993, Vintage), which hit the big screen in a 1995 feature film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn.
She addressed Cabrini's Commencement in 1999 and received an honorary degree.
"Sister Prejean has dedicated her life to educating hearts and minds about capital punishment, and we welcome such a passionate storyteller, educator and activist," said Antoinette Iadarola, president of Cabrini College.
Following the lecture, Prejean will sign copies of Dead Man Walking and her recently-published title, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions (2005, Random House).
About Founder's Day Founder's Day honors the legacy of Sister Ursula Infante, MSC, who founded Cabrini College in 1957. Sister Ursula was personally welcomed into the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus order by St. Frances Cabrini herself. A lifelong educator and visionary administrator, Sister Ursula died in 2001 at the age of 104.