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Death Penalty & Role of Mercy Panel With Sr. Helen Prejean & Book Signing

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The Death Penalty & the Role of Mercy Panel & Book Signing

Chicago Catholic editor Joyce Duriga, author of "Death Row's Nun," a just-released biography on Sister Helen Prejean will be part of a panel discussion on Sunday, Oct. 29, at Misericordia Home, 6300 North Ridge Ave.

In Helen Prejean: Death Row's Nun, Joyce Duriga explores Sister Helen's life growing up in upper-middle-class Louisiana, her growing awareness of the injustice of the death penalty, and its disproportionate targeting of the poor and minorities, and her introduction to death-row inmates Patrick Sonnier and Robert Lee Willie. Readers will witness her life's work with victims and their families, and see how she came to understand her role in prison ministry, not only as an activist but as a champion fighting for hope and restorative justice for those facing the death penalty.

The event begins with a welcome reception at 11 a.m. and the panel begins at noon.

The panel:

Sister Helen Prejean (by live video)

Sr. Helen has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions. She travels around the world giving talks about her ministry. She considers herself a southern storyteller. Since 1984, Sister Helen has divided her time between educating citizens about the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners. She has accompanied six men to their deaths. In doing so, she began to suspect that some of those executed were not guilty. This realization inspired her second book, “The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions,” Sr. Prejean is presently at work on another book: “River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.”

Joyce Duriga

Joyce has served as editor of Chicago Catholic, the official newspaper for the Archdiocese of Chicago, since 2007. She also oversees content for chicagocatholic.com and the newspaper's social media efforts. Prior to coming to Chicago, she was the associate editor of Our Sunday Visitor, a national Catholic newsweekly. Her work appears regularly in local, regional, and national publications. She is at work on her next book about Augustus Tolton, which is expected to be released in Fall of 2018. For more information, visit www.nodozing.com.

Jeanne Bishop

Jeanne is a criminal defense attorney, human rights activist, and author of Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy and Making Peace with My Sister's Killer (Westminster John Knox Press 2015). Since the 1990 murders of her sister and brother-in-law and their unborn child, Ms. Bishop has advocated for abolition of the death penalty and for the role of mercy, forgiveness and restorative justice in the criminal justice system. A graduate of Northwestern University's journalism and law schools, Bishop is an Assistant Public Defender with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law

Rob Owen

Rob is a Clinical Professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, where he directs the Center for Capital Defense. Since becoming a lawyer in 1989, he has defended clients facing the death penalty at every level of the state and federal court system, including arguing several capital appeals at the U.S. Supreme Court. He has taught full-time in law school clinical programs, helping law students build skills by working on active death penalty cases, since 2006. Prof. Owen appears regularly as a faculty member at trainings around the nation for capital defense lawyers, and has testified before state legislatures in Washington and Texas regarding proposed changes in death penalty law. In 2011, the Conference of the Bar of the City of Paris bestowed a medal on Prof. Owen in recognition of his work in the struggle for human rights.

Following the panel, Joyce will sign her book from 1 to 2 p.m.

To purchase Joyce's book visit Amazon or this link:

https://litpress.org/Products/E4687/Helen-Prejean

And the book will be sold at the event. Please register by Wednesday, Oct. 25.







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