On Thursday, September 20, 2018, Notre Dame College honored alumna Sister Mary Frances Murray, SND, ‘64, Ph.D. with the Fidelia Award. Sr. Frances was honored for her devotion to the College having served as both a vice president and trustee and currently as an instructional advisor in the Academic Support Center. The Notre Dame Board of Trustees presents the Fidelia Award to persons who have demonstrated distinguished service and outstanding fidelity to the College and to the Catholic faith.
Murray was named provincial superior of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Chardon in 1993 and served as a member of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees from 1993-1998. She was the College’s commencement speaker in 1996. From 1998-2010 she served as a member of the General Government of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Rome, Italy.
Prior to her position as a trustee, Murray served as vice president for institutional planning and assessment and assistant to the president at the College from 1988-1993. She also spent a year as acting vice president for student development from 1988-1989.
Murray served as both a teacher and an administrator for more than 50 years. Her teaching experience included theology, social studies, English and French at St. Peter High School in Cleveland and Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown. Murray also served a total of 12 years at Regina High School in South Euclid including as principal from 1973-1979. From 1979-1984 she was principal at Elyria Catholic High School.
From 2012 to the present, Murray has been a member of the Interfaith Good Tidings Benefit Choir, which performs Handel’s Messiah twice a year in support of the Geauga County Hunger Task Force. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of Notre Dame Schools, Chardon, Ohio, advancing the mission of both Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School and Notre Dame Elementary School.
Sr. Frances celebrated her Golden Jubilee as a Sister of Notre Dame in 2012.