Alter Visits CJ For One-Woman Play

Seniors from neighboring Alter High School visited Chaminade Julienne Monday morning to attend a performance about the life of Dayton, Ohio native Sister Dorothy Stang.

A One Woman Play: The Life and Martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN, performed by Sister Nancy Murray, OP, was presented in the auditorium at 9:30 a.m. Alter seniors and their teachers joined CJ juniors and seniors for the play, which is currently touring Ohio. Following the show, the class of 2011 from each school enjoyed lunch together, provided by CJ.

Sister Murray is a Dominican sister-actor from Adrian, Mich., best known for performing her one-woman play about St. Catherine of Siena at venues around the world. She is the elder sister of actor and comedian Bill Murray.

“I think nothing speaks to people like the arts,” Murray said. She wrote the script, which is based on Michele Murdock’s book A Journey of Courage, after watching films, researching archives, and interviewing community and family members of Sr. Dorothy Stang. CJ welcomed both Murdock and Barbara Richardson, Dorothy Stang’s sister, for the performance.

“I want this interpretation to tell a story that will leave an impact of a woman who really did speak out for justice and who put her life on the line,” Murray said, adding she hopes she can inspire and educate students who also want to make a difference in the world.

After turning 17, Julienne High School student Dorothy Mae Stang joined the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She worked as a missionary in Brazil for nearly 40 years until her tragic death on February 12, 2005, in Anapu, Para, Brazil. Sr. Stang was shot and killed while reciting passages from the Bible to her murderers. She is considered a martyr, and her life and work—advocating for poor and migrant farmers in Brazil—has been portrayed in numerous books as well as on screen.