Author of Dead Man Walking to Speak at Holy Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. – Critically acclaimed author and well-known member of the death penalty abolition movement, Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J., will speak at Holy Cross on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom about her views on capital punishment.

Prejean is the author of Dead Man Walking, which was the inspiration for the 1994 movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn.  The book was on the New York Times best seller list for over thirty weeks and has been translated into eight languages.

A member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille since 1957, Prejean has served as a teacher, religious educator, and formation director for her community.  Currently, she continues her ministry to death row inmates and murder victims' families and is working on a book about women's struggles for equality in the Roman Catholic Church.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  It is sponsored by the Holy Cross Peace and Conflict Studies Program.