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.