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Hollywood Actress-Turned-Nun Details Vocation in New Book

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Hillary Senour - published on 05/06/13 - updated on 06/08/17

was an actress. But I was called by God.”

Some 50 years later, Mother Hart is now the prioress of the Abbey and looking back, she realizes how she’s been able to use the gifts that God gave her which made her a successful actress, namely listening.

“I never would have thought that except when I really got into (acting) and found out that a good actor or a good actress really has to listen first of all to the character that you have to portray,” she said.

“When I did finally come to Regina Laudis, I was touched by the fact that the first words of the Holy Rule of St. Benedict read, ‘Listen my daughter, my son, to the voice of your Master with the ear of your heart.’”

Mother Hart explained that “religious life” as some may assume, “is not leaving your gifts at the door and coming inside to find God in some mystique.”

Rather, she said, “A community brings its gifts with you and serves one another with what you have.”

“The Ear of the Heart: An Actress’ Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows,” by Mother Dolores Hart and Richard DeNeut releases May 7 from Ignatius Press.

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