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Sister Nancy Murray in costume as St. Catherine of Siena wearing white headwrap and tunic with black coat; also a current headshot of Sister Nancy, she has short blond hair and is wearing a blue patterned shirt with pink accents.

March 8, 2024, Sebring, Florida – After portraying Dominican mystic and reformer St. Catherine of Siena to about 875 communities throughout the world, Sister Nancy Murray, OP, portrayed the saint in a unique and vibrant way to parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Sebring, Florida, as they marked its 100th anniversary. 

Drawing on about four hours’ worth of stories that she’s gleaned from her portrayals of St. Catherine of Siena since 2002, Sister Nancy tailors her message to her audience, focusing in this performance on St. Catherine’s family life as one of 22 children and her subsequent life as a lay Dominican woman. 

“St. Catherine of Siena has a message for today’s church and world and I think the truth she would say now is the same as Pope Francis – that the church needs to listen to the lay people,” Sister Nancy told Florida Catholic reporter Jean Gonzalez. Read the entire article.  

A man with a beard wearing a baseball cap and a black chef's uniform smiles as he hands prepared food to another man through the window of a food truck

March 8, 2024, Tampa, Florida – A food truck business in Florida seems to be a long distance – geographically and culturally – from the Motherhouse of a group of Dominican Sisters in Adrian, Michigan. But the connection is deep and inspiring.

A $100,000 community impact investment from the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Portfolio Advisory Board (PAB) allowed Enterprising Latinas to apply to become a Community Development Finance Institution and to give low-interest micro-loans to 19 Latino business owners. Among them were Diego Jara and his wife, Yeny Perez, owners of the food truck business So Yummy Birrieria. 

The loan received by Enterprising Latinas was one of nearly 600 community impact investments made by the PAB since 1978. Loans have been made to organizations throughout the United States and in many regions of the world in the areas of worker-owned cooperatives, credit unions, banks, housing projects, and community organizations.

Watch the video and read the entire article about PAB’s impact in Florida by Lizbeth Gutierrez in Spectrum News. 



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