Founders Week: St. Catherine of Siena

October 11, 2012 7:00 PM
Founders Chapel, Guzman Hall

St. Catherine of Siena, A Woman for Our Times

As part of the Founders Week Celebration, Sr. Nancy Murray, OP presents a one-woman show in which she depicts the life of St. Catherine of Siena.

Originally named Caterina Benincasa, she was the 24th child born into her family in Siena, Italy, in 1347. She later became a lay member of the Dominican Order. Catherine cared for terminally ill patients, ministered to those on death row, and provided spiritual direction to men and women in search of God. Though she lacked formal education, she is known for her many letters sent to men and women of all walks of life. The letters, filled with wisdom and spiritual guidance, were the fruit of her own relationship with God. Catherine is best remembered for “The Dialogue,” which contains the intimate conversations or prayers that she and God shared with each other. Catherine died in 1380 at age 33.

Nancy Murray, OP, is making her mark on audiences across the country and throughout the world, bringing to life the Dominican Saint Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church. With simple props and a fertile imagination, Sister Nancy portrays Catherine as the colorful, strong, passionate and enthusiastic personality that she was. Thanks to Sister Nancy’s gift of transforming herself into this 14th century saint and patroness of the Dominican Order, numerous churches, schools and organizations have become acquainted with Catherine’s fierce devotion to and love for God.

Admission is free. All are welcome.

For more information, call the Catholic and Dominican Institute at 845-569-3467.

St. Catherine of Siena