St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Woodbury is hosting a book signing for “Loving Mother Dolores,” a book written by local author Ree Howell on Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m. Mother Dolores Hart will be the featured speaker with free refreshments served prior to the talk.
“Loving Mother Dolores” tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a cloistered Catholic nun and a deeply committed evangelical Christian.
Eight years after knowing one another, Howell moved to Connecticut, and she and Mother Dolores began meeting twice a week. During their meetings, they discuss such things as Elvis and Hollywood and the loves of their lives, which, for Mother Dolores, include her faith, friends, and the Sisters who are her family.
As a screenwriter, Howell has a close creative relationship with producer-director-writers Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon. Their most recent success is the anti-abortion film, Unplanned. Konzelman and Solomon’s Los Angeles-based company, Believe Entertainment, funded the publication of Loving Mother Dolores through local publisher, Testa Books.
If you already know this famous nun, “Loving Mother Dolores” will introduce her to you in a new way. And it will give you a closer look at the remarkable Abbey that Mother Dolores so loves.
Howell is an award-winning playwright, optioned screenwriter, and published author. She lives in Woodbury, four miles from the Mother Dolores’s home at the Abbey of Regina Laudis.
Dolores Hart began her career as an actress when she was only 19 years old, making her screen debut in 1957 as Elvis’ sweetheart in Loving You. She became an overnight success story and starred with Elvis again in King Creole the following year in 1958.
At the height of her career, Hart stunned the world by making the decision to become a cloistered nun and enter the Abbey of Regina Laudis.