PHOTO: Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ (left) took some time from a tour to catch up with friendly acquaintances, including Benedictine Sister of Perpetual Adoration Sarah Schwartzberg, OSB.
(CLYDE, Mo.) In February, Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, traveled to northwest Missouri to speak to the seminarians at Conception Seminary College and to students at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. After her talk to the seminarians, she enjoyed a brief tour of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration's Clyde monastery and a visit with Sisters Benita Luetkemeyer, Regina Arnold, and Sarah Schwartzberg.
Sister Helen knows many of the Clyde sisters, since for a number of years she spent several weeks during the summer months at their former monastery in Dayton, Wyoming. San Benito Monastery had provided a quiet environment where she could take time from her active life in order to write.
Sister Helen is well-known for her advocacy against the death penalty. She has witnessed five executions in Louisiana. She educates the public about the death penalty by lecturing, organizing, and writing. As the founder of Survive, a victim’s advocacy group in New Orleans, she continues to counsel not only inmates on death row, but also the families of murder victims. She is the author of two books: Dead Man Walking, published in 1994, and The Death of Innocents, published in 2004. The 1996 movie, Dead Man Walking is based on her experiences with death row inmates. Dead Man Walking is also the basis for an opera that premiered in October, 2000. Sister Helen is currently writing a third book, which will describe her faith journey.
For more information about Sister Helen Prejean and her ministry, please visit her website at www.sisterhelen.org.