“Get out and go back to the movies until you get it all out of your system.”
The year was 1959 and the advice was given to actress Dolores Hart at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn., by Mother Benedict Duss, O.S.B. founder of the Abbey. Dolores returned to Hollywood where she’d already co-starred with Elvis in two films. After the advice from Mother Benedict, Dolores completed four more films and entered the Abbey in1963. Mother Dolores is now the Abbey’s prioress and for the past 10 years she’s helped author Antoinette Bosco write the bio of (the late founder) Mother Benedict Duss. The book is now avilable and in print by Ignatius Press.
Meanwhile, Mother Dolores is working on the final chapter of her own book, “The Better Part,” with writer and longtime friend Dick Deneut who visits with her next month. Also visiting Dolores at the Abbey is Don Robinson, to whom she was engaged to marry shortly before making her decision to enter the Abbey. He has never married.
While Dolores never returned to “movies,” she can be heard performing on an upcoming CD, “Women In Chant — The Announcement of Christmas” (Sounds True label) . It traces the history of chants (all in Latin) from Advent to Epiphany as performed by 33 voices of the Abbey. Dolores reads the only chant in English at the CD’s finale. It’s the “Announcement of Christmas,” the birth of Christ. The CD will be on sale in Nov.