Sister Nancy Murray, OP, ’65 was one of five recipients of the 2019 Coordinating Board Award from the Association of Chicago Priests and Deacons (ACPD). She received the award March 3, 2019, during the organization’s 52nd Annual Mardi Gras Award Celebration, at St. John Brebeuf Parish in Niles, Illinois.
After graduating from Regina Dominican High School, she entered the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Among other ministries, she was a teacher and pastoral minister at an inner-city Chicago parish and taught at Regina Dominican from 1976-1985. In 2016 Regina honored Sister Nancy by naming the stage of the newly renovated theater The Sister Nancy Murray Stage.
Since 2000, Sister Nancy has traveled throughout the world performing “Catherine of Siena: A Woman of our Times,” a one-woman portrayal of St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican mystic and church reformer. In other performances, she portrays Venerable Mary Potter, founder of the Little Company of Mary Sisters, and Sister Dorothy Stang, a U.S.-born Sister of Notre Dame de Namur who was murdered in Brazil in 2005 after years of social justice work with farmers in the Amazon and advocating for the environment.