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Nun famed for ‘Dead Man Walking’ to visit Fresno

Sister Helen Prejean, who wrote “Dead Man Walking,” will speak in Fresno March 29.
Sister Helen Prejean, who wrote “Dead Man Walking,” will speak in Fresno March 29. Special to The Bee

In an interesting bit of synchronicity, Fresno Grand Opera announced it’s bringing Sister Helen Prejean to Fresno. The nun wrote the best-selling memoir “Dead Man Walking.” She will speak a little more than a month before the company performs the acclaimed opera based on the same title.

Prejean will speak at 7:30 p.m. March 29 at the St. Paul Catholic Newman Center about her personal spiritual journey in providing counsel to condemned men on death row. She will also spend part of the day meeting with various community organizations.

Fresno Grand Opera performs “Dead Man Walking,” a 2000 opera written by Jake Heggie and Terrance McNally, in a fully staged production May 7 at the Saroyan Theatre.

Susan Sarandon won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Sister Helen Prejean in the 1995 movie version.

Proceeds from the lecture will benefit Prejean’s Ministry Against the Death Penalty and the Fresno Grand Opera “Dead Man Walking” production.

Details: www.fresnograndopera.org, 559-442-5699.

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