Sister Doris Marie is originally from Ransom, Kan. Currently, she lives and ministers in Ellis, Kan. She says, “My present ministry as Pastoral Associate was not my first choice. I had really answered the vacancy as school secretary but during the interview the Pastor told me he liked my ides on the mission of parishes and asked if I would consider being his Associate. I have never regretted taking that position as it gives me a chance to be involved with people of all ages.”
Another regret Sister Doris Marie has never had is entering religious life. “Although I questioned why God was calling me to be a member of this community, I have never regretted it and have found this life to be so life-giving. I often thank God for extending the invitation!”
She appreciated the changes that came with the Community Renewal after Vatican II. “The Renewal allowed me to grow in my love of God and neighbor. God is not someone who is ‘out there’ but someone very near.”
Her other ministries have included being a primary teacher, caring for an ill family member, and being coordinator of services at the Motherhouse. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, quilting, crossword puzzles and walking.