Sister Irene McCormack

  • Birth

    Sister Irene McCormack was born on the 21st of August 1931. She was born to parents Mary O'Meara and Thomas McCormack in a farm called Kununopin, a small country town in a region of Western Australia called 'Wheatbelt'. http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=77GZWWNX
  • Joining the Sisters of Saint Joseph.

    Joining the Sisters of Saint Joseph.
    By the age of 15, Sister Irene started expressing the desire of becoming a nun, and joined the Sisters of Saint Joseph at the age of 17.
  • First Vows

    First Vows
    The year after joining the Sisters of Saint Joseph, she professed her first vows.
  • School

    After she became a nun, Sister McCormack worked as a teacher for several schools in Western Australia.
  • Principality

    From 1981 to 1985, Sister Irene worked as the principle of Kearnan Secondary College.
  • Peru

    Sister McCormack first moved to San Juan de Milaflores, Lima in 1987. In San Juan, she started working in a low income suburb named El Pacifico.
  • Huasahuasi

    On the 26th of June, 1989, Sister Irene McCormack became a missionary in Peru, planning to help the poor Latin American civilians.
  • Sendero Luminoso

    Sendero Luminoso
    The local church's Catholic priests in Huasahuasi were warned of Sendero Luminoso's arrival, so they and the missionaries left for Lima to escape them.
  • Return to Huasahuasi

    Return to Huasahuasi
    Feeling that the church should not have abandoned Huasahuasi so suddenly, Sister Irene returned from Lima. She and her partner performed services that originally could not be performed due to the absence of priests.
  • Murder

    On the 21st of May, 1991, Sister Irene McCormack became a martyr in Peru. She was unjustly murdered by Peruvian group the 'Shining Path' at the young age of 52. Ever since then, she has had a strong influence on many people who were inspired by her story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v61k6LvCLLo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWI6z7XLChA