Music from immigration activist and singer Sandra Montes and a series of imaginative monologues based on the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus — from the Annunciation to old age on Patmos — will be featured in “Through the Eyes of Mary,” a special liturgy on March 3 celebrating the “Our Sister’s Keeper” exhibit now in residence at the Cathedral Center.

Bishops John Harvey Taylor and Diane Jardine Bruce will both take part in the liturgy, which will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, in St. Athanasius Church and be followed by a reception in the Great Hall. Marie Plakos, the photographer whose work is featured in “Our Sister’s Keeper,” will also attend.

Dan Cole and Ensemble, musicians at All Saints, Pasadena, will join Sandra Montes to lead music during the service. Montes (pictured above left), a retired public schoolteacher, is now an educational consultant, and holds a Ph.D. She is a native of Peru who lived in Guatemala as a child before her family moved to the United States. At the 2018 General Convention in Austin, Texas, her powerful singing rocked a revival service and her compelling testimony influenced resolutions on immigration. (More about Montes is here.)

The “Our Sister’s Keeper” exhibit will be open for viewing at the March 3 event. (One of the photographs is pictured at left.) There is no charge, but a free-will offering will be taken for the Marie Plakos Scholarship, a new fund to aid women of color who intend to be ordained to the diaconate or priesthood in the Episcopal Church.

For more information about the event or the scholarship fund, contact the Rev. Norma Guerra at or the Rev. Yein Kim at

The Cathedral Center is located at 840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles 90026.

Updated 2-12-19 with additional information about the program and performers.