Sister Helen Prejean Speaks at UC Davis

Sister Helen Prejean Speaks at UC Davis

by The Belfry

Roman Catholic nun and leading American advocate for the abolition of the death penalty, Sister Helen Prejean, will be speaking at UC Davis on May 8th at 7:00 p.m. The Belfry (the UC Davis Lutheran and Episcopal Campus Ministry) will be hosting Sister Helen as its 2014 St. Augustine Lecturer. This event will be held at UC Davis on campus at 198 Young Hall.

Sister Helen has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church’s vigorous opposition to state executions. After witnessing the execution of death row inmate Patrick Sonnier at Angola, she wrote a book entitled, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. It became an Academy Award winning movie in 1995 starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Sister Helen has continued to write books and fight against the death penalty.

The Belfry is a Christian campus ministry to UC Davis, provided jointly by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church for over 50 years.

When: May 8, 2014; 7:00 p.m.
Where: University of California, Davis
198 Young Hall
Davis, CA 95616 
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Cost: All events are free and open to the general public

For more information about the event please contact the Rev. Jocelynn Jurkovich-Hughes via phone at 530-756-1550 or via email at

Additionally, the Belfry will be hosting a panel discussion about the death penalty on May 6th, starting at 7:30 p.m. in 1100 Social Sciences at UC Davis, and screening the film Dead Man Walking on May 7th, starting at 7:30 p.m. in 1100 Social Sciences as well. The Tuesday panel discussion entitled Condemned: The Law and Ethics of Capital Punishment, will feature expert panelists including a Law Professor and a Public Defender.

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