2013 Jubilarian – Diane (Ancilla) McCormack

Jble McCormackSister Diane McCormack met the IHMs during a field trip with her parish teen group. She joined the community after high school graduation.

Midway through her novitiate, she left. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Marygrove and taught in public schools, following a typical path for a young woman in the early 1960s. But when her boyfriend asked her to marry him, she knew she couldn’t spend the rest of her life with him. Feeling a call to religious life, she returned to the IHMs and was welcomed with open arms.

“God had an eye on me from the time I left until the marriage proposal.”

Sister Diane taught elementary school at St. Mary, Monroe and St. Gerard Majella, Kirkwood, Mo., and then taught 12th grade at St. Francis De Sales, Detroit.

After the school closed, she taught at St. Mary of Redford, serving as assistant principal during her second year, before becoming principal at Marian High School.

She attended Catholic Theological Union and earned a degree in theology. While working on her thesis, she returned to Monroe, was elected as a Chapter delegate and then elected vice president of the community.

After her term of office, she helped her mother care for her father until he passed. Later that year, Sister Diane and a group of her IHM friends developed Kaleidoscope, a workshop program for sisters. She ministered there for eight years before taking a year to look after her health. After that year, she worked at the Archdiocese of Detroit, in the Office of Teacher Personnel.

God wasn’t in the wind, in the Earthquake, in the fire. God was in the tiny whisper.
- Diane McCormack, IHM, from I Kings 19:11-12

Sister Diane also worked part-time at Guest House, an addictions treatment facility for women religious. She currently ministers where her heart has always been: Emmaus House, a treatment facility for women religious in Ocean Grove, N.J.

“This ministry is a gift in my life. I am grateful, honored and humbled to be part of this very special clinical staff, ministering in this holy sacred house of healing.”

With joy and gratitude, she reflects on the IHM community.

“When I consider our beginnings, I think the risk-taking legacy of Gillet and Maxis is happening in my life. Their pioneering spirit is happening now in our corporate life as we continue to be involved in the redemptive mission of Jesus. That’s a joy!”

Sister Diane is grateful for her many opportunities. “One of the beautiful things about the community is the encouragement I received to use my gifts and talents in the service of God’s people.”

An opportunity she is most grateful for was caring for her beloved mother. “She died in my arms last May. That’s a very precious part of my life story. Caring for Mom was my ministry before I came to Emmaus House.”