Currently alive, at 78 years of age.
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1939 – Sister Helen Prejean was born on April 21st in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. American Catholic nun and opponent of capital punishment.
1957-1962 – She joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille and received a B.A. in English and Education from St. Mary’s Dominican College, New Orleans.
1973 – Earned an M.A. in Religious Education from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa, Canada.
1981 – Began her prison ministry when she dedicated her life to the poor of New Orleans.
1985 – Served on the board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
1993-1994 – Sister Helen turned her experiences into a book that not only made the American Library Associates Notable Book List, it was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States was number one on the New York Times Best Seller List for 31 weeks.
– Served as Chairperson of the Board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
2004 – Her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, was published in December.