Sister James, S.C. is Back on Broadway


Zoe Kazan (L) will be starring in the role of Sr. James (R) © Courtesy of Sisters of Charity of New York

Sponsor a Sister and Give the Gift of DOUBT: A Parable

Sr. Peggy McEntee (Formerly Sr. James) is back in the spotlight.

For over two centuries, the Sisters of Charity of New York have tirelessly dedicated themselves to healthcare, childcare, social services, and education across the five boroughs, profoundly impacting the lives of countless New Yorkers through the generations.

Founded by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American saint, this pioneering Congregation embarked on their journey by tending to orphaned children, subsequently establishing hospitals and schools to meet the escalating needs as waves of immigrants from Ireland, Italy, and other nations arrived in Manhattan.

Through the years, they founded schools, colleges, and hospitals, initiated missions in the Bahamas and Guatemala, protested against the Vietnam War, and were even arrested for their convictions during a Mass at St. Patrick’s
Cathedral in 1972. They steadfastly continued to serve marginalized individuals, including immigrants, people experiencing homelessness, and the elderly.

The Sisters of Charity of New York have also played crucial roles in pivotal moments in our country’s history. They served as dedicated nurses to wounded Civil War soldiers in an improvised hospital. When the AIDS pandemic emerged, they immediately offered both health and spiritual care to afflicted and dying patients at St. Vincent’s Hospital when other institutions turned them away.

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Sr. Peggy McEntee (Formerly Sr. James) © Images Courtesy of Sisters of Charity of New York

Given their remarkable history, it’s no surprise that one of the Sisters would inspire a future playwright to craft a play and movie about them. This is precisely what occurred to Sr. Peggy McEntee (formerly Sr. James) in 2005 when John Patrick Shanley penned his Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, “DOUBT: A Parable,” which later received an Oscar as a film adaptation.

John Patrick reached out to Sr. Peggy while the play was still Off-Broadway, making her an integral part of the production process from its inception. She later served as a technical advisor for the film and was duly credited for her contributions. The concluding frame of the movie reads: This film is dedicated to Sister Margaret McEntee, S.C., formerly known as Sister James.

More than a decade later, ‘DOUBT: A Parable’ returns to Broadway, and the Sister who inspired it all couldn’t be more thrilled.

"I just can't believe 'Doubt' is coming back to Broadway. This is so exciting for me and for the Congregation. I can't wait to see Tyne Daly as Sr. Aloysius and Zoe Kazan as myself. They're both going to be wonderful.” — Sr. Peggy McEntee

The lead actresses had the privilege of visiting Sr. Peggy and the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Charity of New York at Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx. This visit enriched their understanding of the Congregation’s ministries and allowed them to pose questions as they prepared for their roles. The Sisters even contributed to ensuring an accurate representation of the Sisters of Charity of New York by assisting with the habit that will be featured in the Broadway production.

The Broadway Revival is set to premiere at The Roundabout Theater in February and will run from February 2 to April 14. The play is under the direction of Tony Award winner Scott Ellis, and it stars Tyne Daly, Liev Schreiber, Zoe Kazan, and Quincy Tyler Bernstine.

To celebrate the momentous occasion, the Sisters of Charity of New York have launched a fundraising campaign to offer the Congregation the rare opportunity to attend this Broadway production together as a community. The target goal to sponsor all the Sisters is $15,000, and you can help. If you would like to Sponsor a Sister, you can make a gift by visiting

Zoe Kazan (L) will be starring in the role of Sr. James (R)

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The Sisters of Charity of New York is a community of Roman Catholic women religious who share in the ongoing mission of Jesus. We do so by responding to the signs of the times in the spirit of Saints Elizabeth Ann Seton, Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac. We strive to reveal God’s love in our lives and in our varied ministries with and for all in need, especially those living in poverty.


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