Actor ‘sister’ garners $14 grand for sisters

January 5, 2012


Kimberly Richards, the actor who plays the nun in the one-nun play “Sister’s Christmas Catechism,” gathered $14,306 in donations from audience members during the show’s recent run in St. Paul, Minn.

Sister Rose Mary Snaza, left, of the School Sisters of Notre Dame accepts an envelope with her community's share of the donations gathered by actor Kimberly Richards, picture at right, above, and in costume at far left. As the sister in the one-nun play "Sister's Christmas Catechism" at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, Richards stood at the exit with a bucket after each performance and accepted donations from patrons to benefit retired women religious. The Notre Dames and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet split more than $14,000 that will support their communities' retired members.

As she has done in other cities, Richards makes a plea at the end of the show on behalf of retired women religious. At St. Paul’s Ordway Theatre, she posted herself at the exit with a bucket and took in donations from patrons to the Catholic-angled comedy.

Donations were split between the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who both have motherhouses in Minnesota.

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  • Walter J. Brown

    I have know Ms. Richards for over 35 years and have always known that she has a big heart……..she is and has always been generous and a friend to go to when things get tough.
    So I am not surprised by this act of compassion and I love her for it. I am so proud to say that she is my best friend.