Sister Mary

sister-mary-and-the-houseSister Mary Sean Hodges, OP spent nearly forty years as an educator, teaching math and religion, in various elementary and high schools staffed by her Congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. Seeing a need in the area of Prison Re-Entry, Sister broadened her order’s primary ministry of school teaching to work full-time in this new apostate. In 2002, Sister Mary Sean turned to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, when she interviewed with Sister Susanne Jabro, founder of the Office of Restorative Justice, and applied for an open position.
In those days, inmates who were released had nowhere to go and re-entered into a world they no longer understood. In 2007, Sister opened the first of five transitional homes, the Francisco Home under the non-profit Starfish Stories. These homes provide a faith-based, nurturing and safe environment to enable re-integration into society.
In April 2012, Starfish Stories and PREP became two separate entities; Starfish Stories going under the direction of Sister Teresa Groth, DMJ. In March 2015, Sister partnered with Pastor Joseph Hamilton, One in Christ Church, to open the Martin Home for TUMI (The Urban Ministry Institute) and Released-Lifers.
Sister regularly visits prisons. Every visit, she hears: “When are you coming back?” and “Thank you for traveling to come see us.” Sister notes, “It is the physical presence, the sense that these men know someone cares that keeps me going back. That’s impactful.”