Sr. Princess Mary Dawson – 25 Years
Sr. Princess Mary was born and raised in Philadelphia and began to think about religious life during her high school years at West Catholic Girls High School. There were Sisters from various communities at the school, and she began to visit them and participate in prayer days and weekend retreats.
She visited the Mission Helpers and felt more “at home” with them than with other communities. She joined the Sisters for a two-week Vacation Bible School program in Hattiesburg and Lucedale, Mississippi, and became even more interested in joining the Community.
“I saw the Sisters in action there—having fun and sharing our love of God. I was particularly taken by their hospitality and acceptance of the people they served—they were down to earth and just themselves no matter what they encountered.
Sister Princess Mary joined the Mission Helpers in September 1992. She trained as a Medical Assistant and worked in healthcare in Altamonte Springs, Florida, before becoming a teacher’s aide at a Child Care Center there. She has also served as an advocate for the elderly homeless and was a residential caregiver in Boston and in Baltimore.
She says that her most meaningful ministry so far is the one she has had since 2012 at Catholic Social Services of West Alabama, where she manages the food pantry and assists in many other services to the poor.
“This ministry has helped me grow in so many wonderful ways,” she says. “It is my responsibility to ensure that there is enough food and other supplies to share with the poorest of the poor who come to us.
“I am privileged to be able to serve these sisters and brothers, and I feel blessed daily because I feel valued here. I am serving God where it really counts.”