JFK School to host author Prejean

WARREN – John F. Kennedy Catholic School will host an evening of reflection concerning “Life, Death and Social Justice” with Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking” and “The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions.”

The free event open to the public will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the school, 2550 Central Parkway in Warren.

Prejean has worked with death row prisoners and will share her insights about her experiences and how they have transformed her.

She is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, which has taken a public stance against capital punishment. Its Peace and Justice Committee supports and sponsors programs, prayer vigils, and actions aimed at abolishing the death penalty, while its Ministry Against the Death Penalty, which originated through the work of Prejean, conducts and facilitates public forums, studies, open discussions, publications and presentations concerning the impact of social justice on the underprivileged.

“The death penalty is one of the great moral issues facing our country, yet most people rarely think about it and very few of us take the time to delve deeply enough into this issue to be able to make an informed decision about it,” Prejean said.