Dead Man Walking

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In collaboration with Mother of Mercy High School and The College of Mount Saint Joseph, McAuley will be performing Dead Man Walking on Tuesday, March 25th and Thursday, March 27th at 7pm at the College of MSJ theatre. Sr. Helen Prejean, the spiritual advisor to a man on death row, wrote this moving story of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. She wanted to be the face of Christ to Matthew Poncelet, the murderer of a teenage couple. Held in Louisiana State Penitentiary, Poncelet is sentenced to the death penalty, while his partner in crime, Carl Vitello, is given life imprisonment.  Despite Sister Helen’s pleas to remove him from death row, Poncelet’s life was taken by lethal injection as she kept her promise to be the last face he saw in this world: a face of love.

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This heart-wrenching, truth-seeking production, directed by Lisa Bodollo, has over 80 students in the cast, as well as almost 100 students on the technical crew from both McAuley and Mercy. McAuley and Mercy’s vocal ensembles will also be a part of the production. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at MSJ’s box office (www.ticketalternative.com) or in Mercy’s main office (3036 Werk Road).

McAuley will also have the privilege of welcoming Sister Helen Prejean, an amazing and inspiring woman, on March 26th at an all-school assembly. Sister Helen travels all around the world spreading her ministry, and it is extremely important to her to raise awareness of the death penalty, especially among today’s youth.

“People are more than the worst thing they have ever done in their lives.” – Sr. Helen Prejean

-Laura Hils

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