Sister Mary Doris, OP is among a select group of women being honored by Voices of Faith in Rome on Tuesday, March 8. The prestigious organization is designed to provide a place in the heart of the Vatican for women to share their stories of strengthening the Church’s mission through their leadership. It celebrates the work of Catholic women across the globe, striving to connect them and elevate them.
Voices of Faith holds an annual storytelling event, and this year’s is being held March 8. It will be live streamed.
The event will recognize Sister Mary Doris, a Blauvelt Dominican sister, for her ministry to pregnant homeless women at Siena House, a shelter in the Bronx, N.Y. Sister Mary empowers and equips the women there -- some of whom are pregnant, others who are new moms -- to build productive lives outside the shelter.
Restoring their sense of dignity takes many shapes and forms. One of the most powerful ways to inspire the women, Sister Mary believes, is through music. She set up various programs for the women, including a project with Carnegie Hall that helps the pregnant women recognize the beauty and honor of motherhood, reaching deep within themselves to create “something beautiful” for their unborn babies by writing them lullabies of love and hope.
She believes music is at the heart of humanity, possessing the power to inspire and transform.
“Mercy, for me,” Sister Mary has said, “is the desire to love and serve others, fired by the gift of faith in God’s abiding love in my life.”