The newly released movie Doubt, starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams, was written and directed by Pulitzer prize-winning author John Patrick Shanley. Shanley received his elementary education from the Sisters of Charity of New York at St. Anthony School in the Bronx. He based the character of the young Sister James on his first grade teacher, Sister of Charity Margaret McEntee, who was known as Sister Marita James when she first took her vows.
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?”
Go to the Sisters of Charity of New York website for more information about their community and the sisters connection to Doubt.