Speaking Request

Sister Helen travels extensively in the USA and overseas speaking to groups about the death penalty. If you would like to organize a speaking event in your area or with your organization, please follow the process detailed on this page to make your request. Sister Helen receives a very large number of requests to speak – far more than she can manage each year.

Please note that three of the considerations for accepting your invitation are:

  • the number of people in attendance;
  • the location of the event;
  • the honorarium which supports Sister Helen’s ministry.

You’ll find a calendar of Sister Helen’s upcoming speaking engagements on this site; please check it out before you make your request. Please be aware that even though no event is listed for a particular date, Sister Helen may already have another commitment, such as visiting a prison, on that date.

Please note that Sister Helen will be taking a sabbatical to finish writing her third book. River of Fire, in the Fall of 2017. She will not be doing any speaking engagements, other than those already scheduled, from the middle of October 2016 until the end of September 2017. There are, however, still some available dates before mid-October 2016 if you are seeking an event this year.

Requesting a speaking engagement

Download the Speaking Engagement Information Request. This is a form in Microsoft Word format. Fill it in completely and return it to the address listed in the document.

Once you have submitted the Speaking Engagement Information Request, you’ll receive an acknowledgment from Sister Helen’s office. We review requests in batches, so it will usually take at least several weeks for us to get back to you to let you know whether we can accommodate your request.

Useful information for your event

Once your event is confirmed, Sister Margaret Maggio will contact you closer to the date to get more details.

Sister Helen will also invite you to participate in selling her books at your event (all proceeds go to promote Sister Helen’s work to end the death penalty) and to encourage attendees to sign up with the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty & Promote Restorative Justice (you don’t need to be Catholic to do this!). Sister Helen facilitated the formation of this group last year.

To help with your event, please feel free to download the following:

We’ve also found that many people have trouble pronouncing Sister Helen’s name and so, for your enjoyment and enlightenment, we have this short video tutorial from Sister Helen herself.