“The same Holy Spirit is at work among every community of people. Yet, He chooses to depend upon human voices to speak the Word of God. He chooses to work through men. And in those who listen, it is tImagehe Holy Spirit who arouses a response.”
Sister Rose Corde McCormick was born and educated in Providence, Rhode Island, but on entering Maryknoll in 1953, she began a vocation that would make her a pupil of the Holy Spirit in His presence throughout the world. Mission work, she said, was “something I wanted to do all my life,” and, beginning in Japan in 1959, she set out to “[go] all the way for Christ.”
Sister Rose Corde spent fourteen years in Japan, where she served through teaching and parish work. Sister Rose Corde was also for a time, the Acting Regional Superior for the Maryknoll presence in Japan.
After continuing her education at Mary Rogers College, Sister Rose Corde was assigned to Yap, a South Pacific Island located near Guam, where she spent the next twelve years teaching and then presiding as principal at St. Mary School.
Sister Rose then spent the next few years first in Honolulu, working as an administrator, and then at the Maryknoll nursing home, providing pastoral care. Having lived and worked alongside the people of Japan and the South Pacific, Sister Rose Corde returned to Maryknoll to retire.
She had given her life to God – had found a new understanding of “going all the way for Christ” – and now planned to settle prayerfully back home.
However, Sister Rose Corde soon discovered a new missionary call: Mexico. In 1999, she set out for Oaxaca, entrusting herself once more to God. The mission was another deep act of faith, for Sister Rose Corde, in addition to being unfamiliar with the region and already retired, spoke only one word of Spanish, “Si.”
Sister Rose Corde lovingly served the people of Oaxaca until 2006, when she was asked to be the Sacristan at the Maryknoll Center.
Sister Rose Corde presently lives at the Maryknoll Sister Center where she is an active and cheerful member.