Fluent in Faith: The Gift of Mary McCormick, by Donald J. Mueller & Jacqueline Hansen Maggiore. ISBN-13: 978-0-87462-099-3. ISBN-10: 0-87462-099-6. Paper. 181 pp. $15. Illustrated
"Fluent in Faith illustrates perfectly that discerning one’s vocation is a life-long process, requiring a heart finely tuned to the voice of God. Mary McCormick’s extraordinary story should inspire each of us to listen very carefully and conjure up the courage to follow unexpected callings close to home or to the other side of the world."
Co-President, Pax Christi International
Former Director, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
"Some people look but others actually see. Some wish while others act. Here is a story of an extraordinary ordinary woman, a woman of uncommon common sense. She is ample proof of the fact that God can do marvelous things through those who trust. It’s a beautiful account of the kind of life many of us wish we might live but few do, because we have good intentions but little faith. This story has the power to disturb anyone willing to be disturbed; but those who want a quiet life should not start reading!"
Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp, PhD
Professor of Theology and Culture, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
"As I researched my book, The Missionary Movement in American Catholic History, I found Mary McCormick to be an excellent example of a Papal Volunteer (PAVLA) who made a lasting impact with and among the people she served. Her story provides further insight into the role of lay missionaries, a movement that began to grow by the late 1940s."
Angelyn Dries, OSF
Professor Emerita, Saint Louis University
About the Authors
Jacqueline Hansen Maggiore is a graduate of Marquette University and holds an MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a retired social worker and resides in Wisconsin where she is active with Maryknoll Affiliates, Gesu Parish, and peace and justice efforts. She is the author of Vessel of Clay: The Inspirational Journey of Sister Carla and Aquí Quiero Estar.
Donald J. Mueller, a former lay missioner in Colombia, has a Masters in Pastoral Ministry. His career includes Director, Milwaukee Archdiocesan Office for World Mission; Board President, U.S. Catholic Mission Association; Member, U.S. Bishops’ World Mission Committee and Maryknoll Lay Mission Board; Director, Volunteer Missionary Movement and the Capuchin Volunteer Program; and parish Pastoral Minister. Don is currently active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society.