Maria Murray is the daughter of Judge Samuel Murray and Margie Murray of Hanover Township. She is a senior at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, where she is a third year starter on the Varsity Field Hockey team. At Liberty, she also played flute in the Grenadier Band and is Captain of the MiniTHON fundraiser for children with pediatric cancer. She is also a Senator in Student Government and a member of the National Honor Society. In the community, she has been a volunteer and Junior Board Member at Camelot for Children, an organization helping children with disabilities. After high school, she plans on attending college to further her education. She has an older brother and sister, Joseph and Emily.
Maria can trace her Sicilian heritage and lineage to Santo Stefano Di Camastra through many generations. As a young child, her great-grandmother, Maria Frinzi Boccadora, emigrated from Santo Stefano to the United States in 1910 with her mother, Sebestiana Pulvino Frinzi. The family has grown and remained in the Easton and Bethlehem areas since that time.
In honoring her family’s Sicilian and Italian heritage, Maria has been in the Queen’s Court as an attendant for six years. She is extremely proud to be part of her family’s long involvement and volunteerism in our Society. Her great-uncle, Anthony Frinzi, was the first President of the Holy Cross Society and her great-grandmother, Maria Frinzi Boccadora, was one of the original founders of the Women’s Auxiliary. Maria’s grandmother, Mary Boccadora Murray, was the Chairlady of the Coffee Shop for many years, and her great-aunt, Bessie Boccadora was an annual worker in the Coffee Shop and a longtime officer in the Auxiliary. Maria’s Godmother, Ann Marie (Cicero) Williams, has been the Chairlady of the Coffee Shop and was the Auxiliary Treasurer for many years. She is honored to follow her sister, Emily, as Queen of the annual celebration. Emily was crowned in 2007. Both of her parents are longtime members and volunteers of the Society, and although her brother Joseph lives in New York City, he continues to be a member and returns every year to volunteer at the celebration. It has been a fulfilling experience for Maria to help her mother and Godmother in the Coffee Shop every year and also help in preparing the Chapel before the start of the celebration.
Maria wants everyone to know how important the celebration is to her. She believes that it has made her more connected with her Sicilian heritage and family. Through her involvement over the years, she has been able to learn more about her ancestors and her Sicilian and Italian culture. As part of the celebration surrounding the 100th Anniversary in 2011, Maria was provided with the unique experience of traveling to Sicily with her family to visit our hometown of Santo Stefano Di Camastra. She will never forget the memories of staying in Santo Stefano and visiting Letto Santo where her ancestors celebrated mass and the annual festival. Most importantly, the Holy Cross Society has enhanced her Catholic and Christian faith. Maria is proud to be crowned Queen for our 106th celebration.