The Nun Who Kissed Elvis

An inspiring true story of one woman’s journey of faith from the movies to a monastery.

Posted in , Feb 22, 2012

Angels on Earth blogger Colleen Hughes

All my coworkers know I’m an Elvis fan, so one of them left a neat newspaper article on my desk this morning. It’s about a 73-year-old Benedictine nun who plans to attend the Academy Awards ceremony this weekend. Not only that—she’s been to the Oscars before, in 1959, when she was the young starlet who gave Elvis Presley his first kiss onscreen! Imagine!

Dolores Hart starred in one of my favorite Elvis movies, King Creole, and in fact her inspiring true story was featured in Guideposts in my early days here.

In 2001, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I wasn’t a good candidate for chemo. I took tamoxifen instead and gave my trouble to God—just as Dr. Peale suggested in his book, "Thought Conditioners". Since then I’ve remained cancer free. -Guideposts Magazine reader

At the age of 24, Dolores left a successful Hollywood and Broadway career (not to mention a dashing fiancé) to become a nun at a Benedictine monastery and working farm in rural Connecticut. What started as a break from her glamorous but hectic schedule became a lifelong commitment to God.

Today Rev. Mother Dolores Hart sings with the other nuns at the cloistered abbey, works in the garden and observes three periods of silence a day. And she’s happy.

“God was the vehicle,” she said about the way her life turned out. “He was the bigger Elvis.” A statement any faithful Elvis fan just has to love.

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