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Ursuline sisters installs leadership team

CANFIELD — The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown installed their 2020-2026 leadership team during Mass June 13 at the Motherhouse chapel, 4250 Shields Road.

Sister Mary McCormick was installed as general superior. She is the 21st general superior since the Ursulines began ministry in the Mahoning Valley in 1874.

Her councilors are Sisters Regina Rogers, Patricia McNicholas and Mary Alyce Koval. The three were re-elected to their posts, having served in the same capacity for the 2014-2020 team.

l McCormick also ministers as a professor of systematic theology and the academic dean for St. Mary’s Seminary and Graduate School of Theology, Cleveland.She has served on the faculty there since 1997.

Previously, McCormick served as an instructor at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Louisville, and Ursuline High School, Youngstown. She also has ministered as finance director for the Ursulines, as a councilor on the leadership team, and as formation and vocations director.

McCormick holds a doctorate in systematic theology from Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y.; a master of arts in religious education from Loyola University, New Orleans; a master of arts in theology from Duquesne University; and a bachelor of science degree in education Youngstown State University. She also holds several professional certifications.

An Austintown native, McCormick graduated from Ursuline High School and became a nun in 1975.

l Rogers ministers as the pastoral associate for St. Edward Church, Youngstown. She previously served as assistant principal and a member of the religious education staff at Ursuline High School. Rogers also taught at St. Patrick School in Youngstown and was director of religious education for St. Joseph Parish, Canton.

She is a past general superior.

A Poland native, she graduated from Poland Seminary High School and became a nun in 1967.

l McNicholas is co-director of Beatitude House, Youngstown, a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters. Her prior ministries include teaching at St. Charles School, Boardman, St. Nicholas School, Struthers and at Ursuline and Cardinal Mooney high schools, Youngstown. McNicholas is a past general superior.

A Youngstown native, McNicholas graduated from Cardinal Mooney and became a nun in 1961.

l Koval is the parish leader for St. Luke Church, Boardman. Previously, she served as the education director for Beatitude House, ministered as a principal at St. Charles School, Boardman, St. Rose School, Girard, and St. Joseph School, Austintown, and served as an educator at several elementary schools in the Diocese of Youngstown.

A graduate of Ursuline High School, Sister Mary Alyce earned a bachelor of science in education from YSU, a master of science in educational administration from the University of Dayton, and a master of arts in ministry from Ursuline College, Cleveland. She also holds several professional certifications.

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