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May 14, 2017

Regina High School honors Sister Nancy

Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette has played a large role in the life of Sister Nancy Murray. She not only graduated from there but joined the congregation — the Adrian Dominicans — that sponsor the school and later returned to teach.

Regina Dominican High School honored Sister Nancy on May 1 for her 50 years in religious life and named the renovated auditorium stage after her.

“I can say that from the time I was in seventh grade and saw the first Adrian Dominican Sisters at Richard’s Drive-In Cafeteria and I saw that nuns could eat hamburgers and french fries and milk shakes and that they were opening up the new school in Wilmette, I wanted to go to Regina Dominican,” Sister Nancy told the Chicago Catholic.

It turns out the sisters didn’t go to the restaurant often so she felt it was a moment of serendipity.

“I must admit I was always better in after-school,” she said of her time at the school. “I wasn’t Regina’s best student.”

While she felt called to religious life, Sister Nancy’s family asked her to work for a year before entering the community.

“My mother didn’t want me to. She told me I was a little too immature and that I needed to know more about the world so I worked,” Sister Nancy said.

After 50 years of religious life, “I would say it’s been quite a ride, quite a journey.”

Sister Nancy served for 15 years at St. Sylvester Parish as a pastoral associate and taught for 13 years at Regina. She also taught for 10 years at Loyola University’s Institute for Pastoral Studies.