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Saturday, November 16, 2019

10-22 San Antonio Express

'Dead Man Walking' author to speak at St. Mary's
J. Michael Parker
Express-News Religion Writer

Sister Helen Prejean, author of the best-selling book "Dead Man Walking," will headline a group of speakers against capital punishment Monday at area colleges and universities.
Her 7 p.m. public lecture at St. Mary's University's Bill Greehey Arena is sponsored by Journey of Hope From Violence to Healing, an organization led by murder victims' family members who advocate alternatives to the death penalty.
The Catholic nun renewed a national conversation on capital punishment with her book, which was turned into a popular film starring Susan Sarandon, and then into an opera. Last year, she published a second book, "The Death of Innocents."
Just before Prejean's lecture, Robbie Meeropol, son of executed spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, will speak at a private dinner for the Journey of Hope members.
Meeropol was 6 years old when his parents were executed in 1953 for espionage.
They were convicted of passing atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union.
Journey of Hope members also will tell their personal experiences with the death penalty from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Unity Church of San Antonio, 1723 Lawndale St., and at 11 a.m. Tuesday at VIVA Books, 8407 Broadway.
On Monday, they'll address students at St. Mary's, the University of the Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio College, Northwest Vista College, Trinity University and the Oblate School of Theology.