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S. Pat Mc Cormick

“Stagger onward, rejoicing,” words of W. H. Auden, speak to the adventure of life for S. Pat McCormick.  In the ups-and-downs of her half-century journey as a vowed Racine Dominican, she has “always looked for the blessing before me, however subtly disguised.”

Racine Dominicans became a major part of Pat’s life at Holy Name Grade School, Kimberly, and St. John’s High School, Little Chute.  Another very strong—and still treasured—connection is her sister Alice who joined the community when Pat was in the sixth grade.

S. Pat’s fondness for truth and study was enhanced as she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in history from Dominican College, Master’s in education from UW-Platteville and Doctorate in education from the University of Cincinnati.  “This community-provided background served me well as an elementary teacher, in my 15 years as principal at St. Aloysius School in Sauk City, and 20-year stint as a consultant in the Green Bay Diocesan Department of Education.”

Especially exhilarating for St. Pat was “securing presenters in theology, scripture, liturgy, education, and social issues for the Gathering of the Church of Green Bay, an annual two-day conference that brought together nearly 2000 people.  It was exciting to work with about 125 nationally prominent and local speakers who enriched and invigorated leaders of all kinds in the diocese and beyond.”

Valuing life as a Racine Dominican, S. Pat reflects:  “The community surrounds me with women witnessing faithful dedication to Gospel living.  I so cherish meaningful conversations with wonderful friends, continued opportunities for spiritual growth, and countless occasions for sharing the Good News.  Each day I realize more clearly, as Georges Bernanos succinctly observes, ‘All is grace.’”