Presentation on theme: "Inspiring Women of Faith"— Presentation transcript:
1Inspiring Women of Faith Sister Helen PrejeanMother Teresa
2Mother Teresa of Calcutta Agnes Bojaxhu was born in Yugoslavia in She entered the convent at the age of 18, taking the name of Sr Teresa. She sailed for India and for years, taught at a girls’ Catholic school. Most of the students were from wealthy families.
3While on a train returning from her annual retreat, Sister Teresa felt the call of God to leave the security of her convent life.She believed God was calling her to minister to the poorest of the poor on the streets of Calcutta.
4She responded to this call, and left the convent in 1948 She responded to this call, and left the convent in She lived very simply, and spent her days picking up dying people from the streets.In 1950 she opened the first Home for the Dying, where the outcasts of Calcutta could die with dignity.
5Many girls she had taught at the Loretto convent school joined her in her work. They too, dedicated their lives to Jesus in serving the very poor. In 1950, Sr Teresa’s order became known as the Missionaries of Charity.
6She taught her nuns to live very simple lives, to pray constantly and to see the face of Jesus in every person, especially the poorest of the poor.
7She and her sisters set up homes not only in third world countries, but also in New York and Rome. She saw spiritual poverty as the worst poverty of all.
8Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her service of love to the world. She accepted the award –..”in the name of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, of all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people who have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone.”- Mother Teresa’s Acceptance Speech
9Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997, at the age of 87. Her Missionaries of Charity continue to grow and serve the poorest of the poor.Her Order is currently going through the process of having Mother Teresa declared a saint.
11Sister Helen PrejeanWhen Helen Prejean, a Sister of St Joseph, left her teaching job to live in a housing project, her life changed.She became pen pals with Patrick Sonnier, a convicted killer of two teenagers, who was on Death Row.
12Sonnier was sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison. Sonnier invited Helen to visit him regularly as his spiritual advisor.On the night of April 5, 1984, she accompanied him to his execution.
13Sister Helen’s last words to Patrick Sonnier - “You look at me, you look at my face. I can’t bear the thought that you would die without seeing one loving face. I will be the face of Christ for you.”
14Sr Helen was greatly affected by the experience of watching another human being be executed. She said: “I couldn’t watch someone be killed and walk away. Like a sacrament, the execution left an indelible mark on my soul.”
15She wrote about her experiences in a book called Dead Man Walking, which was made into a major motion picture.
16She has educated the public about the death penalty by lecturing, writing and speaking all over the USA.
17She is outspoken in her oppostion to the death penalty as an inhuman and immoral act.
18Sr Helen continues to counsel inmates on Death Row and accompany them to their execution.
19Sr Helen also works with the families of both the murderers and their victims. She says that prayer and dedication drive her. When she’s in the right place at the right time, Sr Helen says she is aware if God’s presence.
20Although the Catholic Church teaches that the death penalty is almost never morally acceptable in modern society, there are around 3,000 people awaiting execution in the United States.