Sister Nancy, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur,  began her ministry as a teacher of Spanish and then moved into pastoral ministry, first in Sonora and then in the diocese of Phoenix.  Parish ministry, Kino Institute Spanish program and work for the US Bishops’ Conference Department of Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees kept her busy until 2003 when she was elected to the General Council of her congregation and spent the next 6 years based in Rome, Italy.  Sister has a doctorate in Cultural Anthropology with a concentration in the religious customs of Latin America.