Sister Marilyn Lacey, executive director of Mercy Beyond Borders, will be the featured speaker at Maria College’s 57th commencement st 3 p.m. May 19 in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.
Albany Roman Catholic Diocese Bishop Emeritus Howard J. Hubbard will congratulate and bless the graduates and perform a rite of commissioning to graduates.
Since 1981, Sister Lacey has worked with displaced people, both in refugee camps overseas and in resettlement programs in the U.S.
She has dedicated her life to helping make the world a more welcoming place for persons forced to leave their homelands. In 2008, she founded Mercy Beyond Borders, a nonprofit organization, headquartered in Santa Clara, California, to help alleviate the extreme poverty of women and girls in South Sudan, Haiti, and Uganda.
Sister Lacey earned a master’s degree in social welfare from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2001, for her life’s work, she was personally honored by the Dalai Lama as an, “unsung hero of compassion.” Ave Maria Press published her memoir, “This Flowing Toward Me: A Story of God Arriving in Strangers” in 2009. In 2017, she received a $1 million global award from The Opus Prize Foundation for her faith-filled leadership of Mercy Beyond Borders. Also in 2017, she was named AARP’s Purpose Prize Fellow for her courage and creativity in founding Mercy Beyond Borders.
Published at Fri, 12 Apr 2019 21:05:27 +0000