In Memoriam

Sister Helen Diane McGuirt, OP (Ina Marie)

Sister Helen Diane McGuirt(1939-2022)

For most of my adult life, I have prayed that the Holy Spirit would lead and guide me and I would always be listening with an open and loving heart. Much of my prayer is filled with gratitude for all I have been given over so many years.

This paragraph was how Sister Diane McGuirt concluded an autobiography filled with examples of just where the Spirit had taken her over the course of her life: into the Congregation, through years of teaching, and eventually into ministry to some of Appalachia’s most marginalized residents.

Helen Diane McGuirt was born in Chicago on October 18, 1939, to Paul and Dorothy (Henley) McGuirt. Her first name was for her paternal grandmother, but her parents chose to call her Diane. About five years after Diane’s birth, a sister, named Mary Ina after Dorothy’s mother, joined the family.

The McGuirts had moved into St. Rita Parish by the time Mary Ina was born, and both children attended the parish school, which is how Diane first met the Adrian Dominican Sisters. The girls went on to Aquinas Dominican High School, and it was during her junior year there that Diane knew she was called to religious life.

Read more about Sister Helen Diane (PDF)

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. 



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