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Lacey Received $1 million Opus Prize

October 18, 2017

Ave Maria Press author Sr. Marilyn Lacey, R.S.M., has been awarded a $1 million Opus Prize for her work with Mercy Beyond Borders, which empowers women and girls in the South Sudan and Haiti to escape poverty by providing them with educational and economic opportunities.

Lacey is the author of This Flowing Toward Me: A Story of God Arriving in Strangers, which chronicles her twenty-five years working with refugees and immigrants.

She was given the Opus award on October 11, 2017, at Regis University. Lacey founded Mercy Beyond Borders in 2008. She plans to use the money to expand the program and to endow additional scholarships for her students.

Read more about the award and Lacey’s work in Catholic San Francisco.

About Marilyn Lacey, R.S.M.

Marilyn Lacey, R.S.M., is founder and executive director of the nonprofit organization, Mercy Beyond Borders, the mission of which is to partner with displaced women and children overseas in ways that help them move out of extreme poverty. She has worked with refugees for many years in Africa and Asia, and as director of refugee services with Catholic Charities in San Jose, California. In 2001 she was honored by the Dalai Lama as an Unsung Hero of Compassion and has long been an advocate for refugees and migrants. She holds a master of social work degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

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