Mother Dolores Hart, the Hollywood actress who became a Catholic nun, will be in Charlotte on Saturday to speak and sign books at the Diocese of Charlotte's 9th annual Eucharistic Congress.
In Loving You, a 1957 movie, she kissed Elvis Presley the King's first on-screen smooch.
Nine movies later, in 1963, she left behind her acting career and a fiancé to enter the Abbey of Regina Laudis. She is now the mother prioress at the Benedictine monastery in Bethlehem, Conn.
The subject of an Academy Award-nominated documentary, God is the Bigger Elvis, Hart will speak at 2:30 p.m. in the Charlotte Convention Centers Hall A. Earlier Saturday, at 11:30 a.m. in the rear of Hall B, she will sign copies of her new autobiography, The Ear of the Heart: An Actress Journey From Hollywood to Holy Vows. Books will be available for purchase.
The Charlotte diocese is expecting about 11,000 Catholics for the congress, which will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with an uptown procession led by Bishop Peter Jugis. It will start on South Tryon Street and end at the Charlotte Convention Center. Jugis will celebrate a Mass in Hall A at 4:15 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. Tim Funk