Sr. Lisa Marie Doty entered as a postulant with the Canossian Sisters on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 1998. After three years of initial formation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she made her First Profession of vows in 2001. She completed her studies in philosophy and pastoral theology at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (affectionately known as the ‘Angelicum’, the Dominican university in Rome) graduating with a bachelors degree in sacred theology and a masters in pastoral theology.
During the course of her studies, from 2001 to 2007, she assisted as a member of the formation team for VOICA – Volontariato Internationale Canossiano in Rome, preparing young women and men to serve for periods of one to three years in Canossian missions. Her fondest memories during these years were the informal moments, talking one-on-one with individual volunteers about life-choices and vocations. Sr. Lisa has had the opportunity through her apostolate with VOICA to visit volunteers in the missions in Malawi, Tanzania, and Great Britain. She also accompanied a group of Italian volunteers for a Summer project in Indonesia and Timor.
In her last year of studies, Sr. Lisa Marie took time off to prepare for her Perpetual Profession in Verona, Italy, and publicly professed her vows in Rome in 2006.
Following her studies, Sr. Lisa Marie continued to assist with the International Volunteers while serving as an interim coordinator of communication systems in the General Curia (administrative body assisting the General Council of the Institute). During this service, Sr. Lisa Marie developed an interest in new communications media as a forum for evangelization. When asked about the use of digital media, this is what she had to say:
I see the various media formats as an opportunity to reach more people with the Good News of Jesus Christ. In his message for the 44th World Communications Day, Pope Benedict XVI tells us how new media is a great resource for stimulating conversation about the Faith: It “requires sensitivity to those who do not believe, the disheartened and those who have a deep, unarticulated desire for enduring truth and the absolute. Just as the prophet Isaiah envisioned a house of prayer for all peoples (cf. Is 56:7).”
With these ideas in mind, I enjoy using various media - Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more recently blogging – as a means to reach out to others who I might not otherwise have an opportunity to meet. Sometimes people write to me in response to a message I put up. Other times, people contact me because they can see I am a Religious Sister and wish for me to pray for them or a loved one. The digital world has opened up a whole new world for mission.
In November 2009, Sr. Lisa Marie was assigned to California, USA, and is currently a member of the community of Canossian Sisters of Sacramento, at our Lady of Lourdes Convent. In her free time, she enjoys blogging, reading, taking walks in the neighborhood and meeting/talking to the people she meets.
Here are various pictures of Sr Lisa Marie and friends, sharing life and ministry: