One Woman Show Profiles Catherine of Siena at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center in Ossining

Sister Nancy Murray, OP, will perform St. Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times as a fundraiser for the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center in Ossining on October 14, 2012. The drama is based on translations of 400 letters in which the 14th Century Italian saint debated political and church issues of the day with princes, cardinals and popes.

“Catherine of Siena was a precocious but rebellious child in a large Tuscan family who grew up to be a radical feminist with lots of spunk and humor,” says Murray. “She wielded extraordinary influence for a woman of her time, and is credited with helping to influence Pope Gregory XI to bring the Papacy back from Avignon to Rome and reform the clergy.”

Murray, the sister of film star Bill Murray, has been portraying the pioneering saint for more than twelve years. “I never would have guessed when I entered religious life that I would be doing this,” she says. When she is not onstage, Murray works in a shelter in Chicago or with migrant children.

Tickets for the two matinee performances of St. Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times are $35 and include lunch. Call 914.941.4455 to learn more and make reservations.

The Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center is located at 299 North Highland Ave. in Ossining. For more info visit Mariandale.org.

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