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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Notre Dame awards Laetare medal to Sister NOTRE DAME, Ind. (CNS) .-- The University of Notre Dame has awarded its 1996 Laetare Medal to Sister of St. Joseph Helen Prejean. She is the author of "Dead Man Walking," a best-selling book about capital punishment and her ministry to death-row inmates that inspired "an equally acclaimed movie of the same name. Holy Cross Father Edward A. Malloy, president of the univer- sity, announced the award March 17 and said the medal will be presented during the university's 151st commence- ment exercises May 19. The prestigious medal is ii i - Ed.L. Lee- Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street :Washington, IN 254-3612 I ii Washington Auto Trim 27 Years Service LUMBER COMPANY 104 WOO0 ITREET i FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCIIER EICrRIC INC. : .:. SCHNELLVILLE, IN -- : 389-2418 , I: FIRESTONE I SERVICE, INC. 1400 W. Franklin Evansville, IN 424-5000 I I I ..... 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She en- tered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille in 1957, graduated from St. Mary's Dominican Col- lege in New Orleans in 1962 and received a master's degree in religious education from St. Paul's University in Ottawa in 1973. She taught English in junior and senior high school and served as a parish director of religious education in New Or- leans, as well as director of for- mation for her community. In 1981, after her order made a formal pledge to "stand on the side of the poor," Sister Prejean and a small group of sisters began teaching high school dropouts in the St. Thomas housing project in New Or- leans. The following year, at the request of a friend, she began corresponding with a death-row inmate convicted in the brutal murder of a teen-age couple. She became his friend and spiritual counselor, and eventu- ally witnessed his death by electrocution. Since then she has counseled other death-row prisoners and helped found a victims' advocacy group called Survive. The nun was a member of the board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, 1985-95, and its chairwoman, 1993-95. She argues against the death penalty in lectures na- tionwide, and spoke at Notre Dame two years ago. "The most profound moral question of our violent society is not what to do with the inno- cent, but what to do about the guilty," Sister Prejean said re- cently. "We ask, serve to tion should be, to kill them?  Established at in 1883 as alent of the honor, the named for fourth Sunday in recipients "Laetare," the rejoice, is the first  entrance antiphon day's liturgy. The award lay persons recipients 29 women. leader George dent Kennedy, Justice William Catholic Worker Dorothy Hayes, and Chicago Bernardin. Message policy reg political activity The Message is the official of the Catholic Diocese of E policy of the Message is to rules forbidding 501 (c) (3) from engaging in partisan p ity. 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