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Called by God: An Evening with Mother Dolores Hart and Rachael Collins
Presented by the St. Paul Center
Thursday, October 18, 2018 @ 7PM
Join author Rachael Collins and former Hollywood actress Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B., for an evening celebrating the joyful journey of finding your purpose in life.
The program will start at 7:00 p.m. and there will be a book signing afterward around 8:00 p.m.
Rachael Collins, the author of Called By God: Discernment and Preparation for Religious Life, will share how young people can discover their personal vocation through prayer, relationships, and work, and what their families and parishes can do to support them. Mother Dolores Hart will illustrate how God can and does speak in the midst of the world, as she herself left Hollywood at the peak of her successful career to enter the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Connecticut. A dedicated life—whether to a religious community, to family, or service—is more important in today’s culture than ever before.
Rachael Marie Collins attended the University of New South Wales where she received undergraduate degrees in Science and Law. She studied at Princeton University and Oxford University, and has Masters degrees from Columbia Law School and the Australian Catholic University. She was an Associate (judicial clerk) at the High Court of Australia and was admitted to the bar in New York where she worked for Clifford Chance L.L.P. She resides in New York with her husband and children.
Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B., is the former Prioress of the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut. During her seven-year career in film and on Broadway she became known internationally, memorably starring in films with Elvis Presley. Her radical choice to enter a cloistered Abbey at the height of her career, at first shocked and then inspired those who admired her as an actress and public figure. In collaboration with actors such as Academy Award winner Patricia Neal, Mother Dolores founded The Gary-Olivia Theater at the Abbey. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and until last year, she was a voting member of the Academy, a role she took seriously because she feels the Entertainment Industry has such a strong influence on our society. Her vocation as a contemplative is far reaching, as was that of other cloistered nuns such as St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. Teresa of Avila in their time. She is committed to healing the heart of Man, fragmented and disintegrated in our age, using her professional medium. The HBO Documentary Film God is the Bigger Elvis about Mother Dolores’s life was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award in the Documentary Short category. Her acclaimed autobiography The Ear of the Heart: An Actress’ Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows was released in 2013 and is now in its fourth printing. Since 1970 Mother Dolores has been the Dean of Education at Regina Laudis. In this role she has established a new expression of St. Benedict’s School of the Lord’s Service in which contemporary professional women can be awakened to the classical precepts of monastic life through an arduous process of self-knowledge and conversion of heart. Mother Dolores is the recipient of three Honorary Doctorates: from Fairfield University in Connecticut, from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and from Holy Family University in Pennsylvania.