Author of ‘Dead Man Walking’ to Visit Central CatholicWritten by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | firstname.lastname@example.org
On March 4, author Sister Helen Prejean will visit Central Catholic High School as the featured guest in the CCHS Reads program. During her visit, she will address the student body, meet with the CCHS book club, sign books in the school library, and meet with teachers. She will also hold a lecture at 7 p.m. that evening at the Church of St. Patrick. This lecture is open to the public, and Sister Helen’s books will be available for purchase. The lecture is free, but donations will be accepted to help fund future author visits to CCHS and to purchase their books for our students.
“Dead Man Walking” is the story of how Sr. Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun, became the spiritual advisor to the convicted killer of two teenagers who was sentenced to die in the electric chair in Louisiana. She came to know the man as well as the families of his victims and the men who had the job of executing him, and her novel is a spiritual journey through our system of capital punishment.
“Central Catholic realizes that this novel contains acts of violence, racism, and human execution, which are topics that are difficult to discuss,” said Marie Arter, Central Catholic director of curriculum. “But we believe that when the presentation is made in a loving environment, it can lead to open communication and solutions that will build God’s Kingdom. We are not afraid to discuss difficult issues that will challenge our students to stand up for human rights and dignity.”
Helen Prejean, C.S.J., is a writer, lecturer, and community organizer who was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has lectured extensively on the subject of capital punishment, and she is currently the Honorary Chairperson of the Moratorium Campaign, a group gathering signatures for a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty. She is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille. Dead Man Walking was number one on the New York Times Best Seller list for 31 weeks and was nominated for a Pulitzer
Prize in 1993. It was developed into a major motion picture in 1996.
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