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Saturday, March 1 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Film: Dead Man Walking

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Inspired by the true story of Sister Helen Prejean's relationship with a condemned man and adapted from her book of the same name, this film examines crime, punishment and redemption.  Sr Helen is a Catholic nun living in rural Louisiana who begins corresponding with Matthew Poncelet, a convicted murderer scheduled to be executed soon. Sr Helen agrees to serve as Matthew's spiritual adviser and begins a campaign to spare his life. When it becomes obvious that Matthew's sentence will be carried out, Sister Helen offers what comfort she can to Matthew, but tries to guide him to an open admission of the extent of his crimes and an acceptance of divine forgiveness. Note: film runs for 2 hours. 

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Sister Helen Prejean

Roman Catholic nun, Congregation of St. Joseph, leading American advocate for the abolition of the death penalty
Sister Helen Prejean is known for her tireless work against the death penalty. In 1982, she became spiritual adviser to Patrick Sonnier, sentenced to die in Louisiana’s Angola State Prison for the murder of two teenagers. Before his death, Sister Helen came to Sonnier, the men whose job it was to execute him, and the victims’ families. In 1984, Sonnier was put to death in the electric chair. Soon after, she became spiritual advisor to... Read More →

Saturday March 1, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
M100-I Minneapolis Convention Center (Mezzanine)

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