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Catherine of Siena

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, many from around the world have become acquainted with Catherine’s fierce devotion to and love for God.

Who is 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. 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.

Start Date: 10/16/2012 8:30 pm
End Date: 10/16/2012 10:00 pm
Location: Francis Hall Theater & Recital Hall
Price: General Public: $18/$20 Students: $15 Alvernia Students: $10 *$5 off Faculty/Staff, Seniors College, Alumni
Contact:

Francis Hall Box Office
610-796-8322
FrancisHall.Arts@alvernia.edu


 
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