Sr. Joanna McCormack, O.P.
Originally from a small town near Hudson, Wisconsin, Mary McCormack graduated from the University of Wisconsin and the law school of the University of Virginia. She was a member of the Cathedral Parish for about three years (2008-2011) while working as an attorney at a firm on the Capitol Square.
Mary did not attend Catholic Schools. At the time she first thought of pursuing a vocation, she was not aware of ever even having spoken with a Religious Sister. Her discernment led her to discover a vibrant Dominican community − the Congregation of St. Cecilia in Nashville, Tennessee. Mary went to the Nashville Dominicans as a postulant in August 2011.
After a one year postulancy, Mary received the Dominican habit (with white veil) and a new name − Sr. Joanna − to begin a year as a novice. She is pictured at right on that day she became a novice – July 29, 2012 – sharing information about her new name and feast day with Sr. Mary Vianney of her community.
On July 25, 2013, Sr. Joanna made simple (temporary) vows and received the black veil of a professed Sister at a Mass in Nashville's Cathedral of the Incarnation.
In the photographs below, Sister Joanna pronounces her vows while kneeling before Mother Ann Marie, Prioress General, and then signs the document.
Sr. Joanna is currently teaching at Knoxville (Tennessee) Catholic High School. She renewed her simple vows in 2016, and will be eligible to make Solemn Profession (final vows) in 2018.