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Sr. Helen Prejean and Rev. Daniel Berrigan to speak on social justice

Loyola press release - January 6, 1998

(New Orleans)—The Loyola University New Orleans Institute for Ministry (LIM) will sponsor a public lecture and workshop featuring Rev. Daniel Berrigan, S.J., and Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J., on January 16 and 17, 1998. The topic is "The Courage to Act for Justice." These events mark the beginning of LIM's celebration of 30 years of graduate education that makes a difference in the world.

The free public lecture will be held on Friday, January 16, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Loyola's main campus in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall in the Communications/Music Complex. The workshop continues on Saturday, January 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Miller Hall, Room 112.

The workshop (both Friday and Saturday events) is available for one credit hour course through the LIM program. Graduate credit is $247 per credit hour; CEU is $100 per credit hour; non-credit listener license is $70 per credit hour for full workshop.

Prejean and Berrigan will speak of the social realities with which they have been confronted and the sources of faith and courage they have drawn upon to act with integrity and prophetic witness. During the Saturday workshop, Prejean and Berrigan will be joined by Nick Trenticosta, director of the Loyola Death Penalty Resource Center, and Bill Quigley, director of the Loyola Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center, who will add their perspectives, as attorneys, on working with Prejean and Berrigan on specific social justice issues.

The Rev. Daniel Berrigan is an award-winning author and an internationally-known activist in peace and social justice causes. Among his many appointments, he has taught at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., Woodstock College in New York, Manhattan University, and Loyola University New Orleans. Berrigan is the founder of the Catholic Peace Fellowship and has written and published over 50 books, including his most recent Ezekiel: Vision in the Dust.

Sr. Helen Prejean's many years of work with the poor in the St. Thomas Housing Development led her to her current prison ministry, counseling of death row inmates, public education about the death penalty, and befriender ministries with victims' families. She is the founder of Survive, a victims' advocacy group in New Orleans, and the author of the book Dead Man Walking, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 and became the subject of a major motion picture in 1996. Prejean received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1995 to conduct research and write about women and the Roman Catholic Church.

The Loyola Institute for Ministry offers graduate and continuing education programs both locally and through a national and international extension program (LIMEX) for professionals and para professionals engaged in or preparing for careers in ministry and religious education.

For registration information, contact the Loyola Institute for Ministry at (504) 865-3728 or (800) 777-5469 or e-mail at LIM@loyno.edu