WHAT: Adrian Dominican Sister Nancy Murray, OP, stars as St. Catherine of Siena
WHEN: Friday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Catherine of Siena Parish at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 2956 E. North Union Rd., Bay City
BAY CITY – Oscar nominated Bill Murray may have made his mark on the entertainment industry, but he’s not the only one in his family with theatrical talent. His sister, Sister Nancy Murray, OP, has been engaged in some noteworthy performances of her own. On Friday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m., Sister Nancy Murray will perform as St. Catherine of Siena at the parish of the same name in Bay City.
“I’ve been on tour for quite a few years now and St. Catherine is one of my personal favorites,” Sister Murray said.
St. Catherine’s life is a remarkable chapter in the history of the Church. Born in 1347 to a large Italian family, Catherine Benincasa took a vow of virginity at age seven. Even at such a young age, she embraced a life of prayer and solitude.
At age 16, she became a lay member of the Dominican order and devoted herself to charitable work for the poor and sick and to counseling prisoners. A down-to-earth, spunky mystic with a rare sense of humor, she is most remembered for her writings and for her unfailing efforts to call the pope back to Rome from his residency in Avignon, France. She was canonized in 1461, and in 1970 Pope Paul VI named her and St. Teresa of Avila as doctors of the Church, a title reserved for those saints whose writings have had a particularly notable influence on Catholic theology or spirituality.
Based on a script written by Sister Murray’s late friend and former teacher Sister Kathleen Harkins, the two-hour play is expected to educate and entertain. It is based on the translations of 400 letters authored by St. Catherine.
Tickets for the one woman show are on sale now by calling 989.684.1203. The cost for adults is $5 and children under 12 are free. An ice cream social will follow the performance and goodwill offerings will be accepted. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.