When Sister Nancy Murray entered the Dominican Sisters in 1966—a year out of high school—she never imagined her ministry would be on the stage.
But that is exactly where it has led her, and now she has performed her one-woman show about Saint Catherine of Siena about 530 times all over the world.
“No way would I have ever imagined this,” Murray said in a telephone interview.
Murray, the sister of actor Bill Murray, will be portraying Catherine on Nov. 12 at Notre Dame of Maryland University’s LeClerc Hall, as a benefit for the Atlantic-Midwest Province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
Murray said audience members often expect it to be like the comedy, “Late Night Catechism.” But she said the show is meant to be more thought-provoking.
Even though the performance is about a 14th century saint, it still resonates with modern audiences because of its “message of hope,” she said. Among Catherine's work was the care of the terminally ill and people facig death sentences.
“People long to have their soul touched in a way that reminds them of their own goodness,” Murray said.
During performances, Murray portray several different characters and Catherine at various ages and interacts with the audience.
“People are not going to just come and watch a show. They’re in it,” Murray said.
Performances on Nov. 12 are at 11 a.m. ($5 for studnets, $20 for families of any size) and 7 p.m. ($5 students, $20 non-students). For more information, see www.amssnd.org.