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Sister Helen Prejean headlines Downtown Spirituality Series on Feb. 2

Loyola press release - November 23, 2009

Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., anti-death penalty activist and author of "Dead Man Walking," will present "Dead Man Walking and a Spirituality for Justice," on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 12:30 p.m., in the Jesuit Church’s Lenes Hall, 130 Baronne St.

Prejean, who calls herelf a southern storyteller--not a lecturer--will talk about her experiences since she started writing and visiting death row prisoners, meeting their victims' families and witnessing executions.

The Loyola University New Orleans Institute for Ministry, along with the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception and the Catholic Book Store, co-sponsor Prejean's talk, which is part of the Downtown Spirituality Series which kicked off last fall.

The series offers a variety of interfaith programs promoting dialogue and understanding on topics of spirituality led by representatives of New Orleans’ Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities. Presenters will lead conversations about their spiritual traditions, addressing this year’s theme, "Spirituality in the City."

All programs take place from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., in Lenes Hall and are free and open to the public. Lunch is also provided. Graduate and continuing education credit are available through LIM.

Events include:

  • Feb. 2 – presentation by Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., author of "Dead Man Walking" and other notable books.
  • March 2 – The Rev. Jerry Fagin, S.J., associate professor of LIM, discussion of his book "Putting on the Heart of Christ: How the Spiritual Exercises Invite Us to a Virtuous Life."
  • April 6 – presentation by Imam Omar Suleiman of Masjid Abu Bakr As-Siddique Mosque.
  • May 4 – Jenny Yanez, Jefferson Muslim Association, book discussion on Muslim spirituality.

All books are available at The Catholic Book Store, 3003 S. Carrollton Ave. More information is available at lim.loyno.edu/downtown.

Housed in the College of Social Sciences, LIM's mission is to prepare women and men for religious education and ministerial leadership in Catholic and other Christian communities through professional graduate and continuing education.

For more information on the programs, contact Dr. Tom Ryan, director of LIM, at 504-865-2069 or tfryan@loyno.edu. For more information on the College of Social Sciences, contact Catherine Koppel in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5448 or ckoppel@loyno.edu.

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