Sister Doris possessed a strong and independent spirit, tempered by a sense of humor. She was a reader, writer and lover of poetry.
Baptized at St. Patrick’s Church in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, when she was in her mid-thirties,. she discerned a call to religious life five years later. Entering the novitiate in Albany, New York, with other prospective Sisters of Mercy, most of whom were teenagers. Together they navigated their multi-generational introduction to convent life, adapting as they went along.
Sister Doris earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York, and embarked on teaching assignments in the Albany Diocese, beginning at St. Mary’s in Clinton Heights, New York, followed by Vincentian Elementary School in Albany, St. Mary’s in Gloversville, New York, and St. Teresa of Avila in Albany. In addition to teaching, Doris provided support services for students and staff.
Her ministry at St. Mary’s Parish in Gloversville, gave Doris an opportunity to play an active role in catechetical and parish programs. This venture into parish life held special meaning for her as well as for program participants because of Doris’ own experience of embracing faith as an adult.
At McAuley Residence, an assisted living facility in Albany, as a receptionist Sister Doris graciously directed visitors and efficiently fielded inquiries and delivered messages. She also ministered as transportation coordinator at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in Guilderland and at St. Peter’s Hospital as well. Patients were grateful for her gracious manner and concern. She lived her motto, “All for the glory of God.”