Sister Doris was born and raised in Ferdinand. She graduated from Forest Park High School in Ferdinand. Upon completion of high school, she went to Sullivan Junior College of Business. Upon graduation, she moved to Jeffersonville and worked for Congressman Lee Hamilton in southern Indiana.
During the time of work with Congressman Hamilton, Sister Doris volunteered extensively chaperoning and working with the youth group at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Clarksville, IN. During this time, she attended Indiana University Southeast where she graduated in May, 2006 with her degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. In 2014, she completed her Master’s Degree in Education with a Technology Certification.
In August, 2006, Sister Doris entered the Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Indiana. During the formation process, she studied various religious topics.