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YCL: Sister Mary Mc Cormick, SC

SrMaryMclogo-anno-vita-consacrata_enI believe the seeds of my vocation were planted by the faith of my family and by the Sisters of Charity who witnessed to me the possibility of living a life of consecrated service in community.

I saw how the Sisters truly cared for us, but I was most taken with their loving way of relating to one another. ‘Sister’ was a relationship, not a title. My parents did not exactly jump for joy when I told them I wanted to become a Sister, but let me follow the leaning of my heart. I joined the community five years before the start of Vatican II, little realizing how soon afterwards my congregation was going to change radically. There was a ‘thrill of hope’ in the community as we sought to respond to the signs of our times as the Council documents encouraged us to do. After pronouncing my first vows I was sent ‘on mission’ to several elementary and high schools in the New York area. Missionary work followed: in Arizona among the Navajo and Hopi Indians, and for a longer time in Nassau, Bahamas.

When I returned to the States I became a member of our Formation Team, companioning women who wished to explore vowed membership with us. I was then elected to congregational leadership for eight challenging years. And now I have come to a new moment of ministry as a spiritual and retreat director, writer, and presenter on topics of spirituality and my own Charity charism, a blessed place to be!

Sr. Mary E. McCormick is a spiritual and retreat director, writer, and presenter on topics of spirituality and the Charity charism. She served in congregational leadership and formation ministry, and as a missionary in the Bahamas and in Arizona. Sr. Mary first met the Sisters of Charity at Ascension School and Blessed Sacrament H.S., both in Manhattan.

2 Responses to YCL: Sister Mary Mc Cormick, SC

  1. Patrice Athanasidy December 8, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    One of the reasons I became an associate was because so many of the Sisters I met taught me about charism by the way they lived every moment. Sr. Mary is one of those wonderful Sisters. She truly lives the charism of the Sisters of Charity with everything she says and does.

    It does not surprise me that Sr. Mary would say, “I saw how the Sisters truly cared for us, but I was most taken with their loving way of relating to one another. ‘Sister’ was a relationship, not a title,” because that is exactly what touched me the first time I met Sr. Mary and does every time I have the chance to see her.

  2. Tim Drury April 2, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

    I was fortunate to have an opportunity to meet with Sr. Mary as a Spiritual Guide in one of the programs thru The College of Mount Saint Vincent.

    She is a special person who personifies what SCNY is about, and she is a wonderful example to us all.

    Tim

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