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Nun opposed to death penalty to speak at Wellesley College Thursday night

Posted by Evan Allen  September 27, 2012 09:18 AM

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Sister Helen Prejean

The Catholic nun who wrote “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States” will speak Thursday night at Wellesley College in the Houghton Chapel.

Sister Helen Prejean has helped to shape the Catholic Church’s opposition to the death penalty, according to a Wellesley College press release, and has been an influential voice in the national dialogue about state executions.

Prejean was asked as part of her ministry to correspond with a death row inmate named Patrick Sonnier who was housed in Louisiana’s state penitentiary. She became his spiritual advisor and witnessed his execution, according to the release.

She wrote “Dead Man Walking” about the experience. The book became a movie, opera and play.

Prejean will speak at 7 p.m. in the Upper Chapel.

The event is free and open to the public.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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