Sister Interviewed by ABC-TV

Doubt-ABC News

Sr. Margaret (Peggy) McEntee was interviewed by Sandy Kenyon, the Entertainment reporter for WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News, in connection with Doubt. He came with a cameraman and his producer to Mount Saint Vincent on February 4th to interview Sr. Peggy. The next week, he also visited her school, Notre Dame School in Manhattan. Kenyon’s segment appeared on the local WABC-TV news program on February 18th as part of his Oscars coverage. It is also available for viewing online at: click here »

Actress Meryl Streep meets an authentic Sister of Charity of New York – Sr. Marilda Joseph Aeillo whose entire religious life was dedicated to The New York Foundling, founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1869.

About Doubt
The drama Doubt is being released in December 2008 as a major motion picture. It tells the story of two Catholic religious sisters whose clothing (habits) identifies them as Sisters of Charity of New York. To help you understand the Sisters of Charity both then and now, we have prepared some material. We hope you will find it useful. Much of the movie was filmed at Mount Saint Vincent (in the Riverdale section of the Bronx), which has been the spiritual and administrative home of the Sisters of Charity of New York since 1857.

The Writer
John Patrick Shanley, who wrote the play, also wrote the screenplay and directed the film. He received his elementary education from the Sisters of Charity at St. Anthony School on Mansion Street in the Bronx. He based the character of Sr. James, the younger Sister in his drama, on Sr. Margaret McEntee, SC, who was known as Sr. Marita James when she was his first grade teacher.

John Patrick Shanley with his first grade teacher, Sr. Margaret McEntee, SC, during a break in filming.

The Dedication
Shanley dedicated his play “to the many orders of Catholic nuns who devoted their lives to serving others in hospitals, schools and retirement homes. Though they have been much maligned and ridiculed, who among us has been so generous?” The film is dedicated particularly to Sr. Margaret McEntee, SC.

began as a one-act play off-Broadway in November 2004 and transferred to Broadway itself four months later. During the 2005 award season, Doubt: A Parable won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, and three other major theatrical awards. Those who have previewed the movie predict nominations for leading actors Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Viola Davis.

Amy Adams with the inspiration for the role she plays, Sr. James.

A Story of Dedicated Women Religious
The film’s release is a unique opportunity for Sisters of Charity and all women religious to tell their stories – stories about life in the 1960s, when Doubt takes place, and now, when women religious are engaged in a wide range of activities.

The Sisters of Charity are happy to share information about their lives of love and service– especially as educators – their mission of Charity, their passion for the poor, and their expression of spirituality and community.

We welcome your questions. If you would like to arrange interviews with our Sisters, please contact our Communications Director: Christine M. Haggerty, or 718-549-9200 x 245

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FAQs - The Sisters of Charity & Doubt »
Facts about Sister Margaret (Peggy) McEntee, SC »
A Sampling of Significant Firsts Associated with the Sisters of Charity of New York »
The Sisters of Charity in Education Today »
Doubt - Press Release, December, 2008 »

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