Sister of Mercy who served in Kalispell celebrate Jubilees

May 11, 2019 GMT

Four Sisters of Mercy who once served in Kalispell are celebrating Jubilees this year.

Sister Mary Corkery, RSM, is a 75-year Jubilarian. Born in Sumner, Iowa, Sister Mary received a degree in education from St. John’s University in Cleveland, Ohio, and went on to minister as an educator for 45 years. One of the schools she served at was St. Matthew’s School in Kalispell, where she was both a principal and teacher.

In 1990, she retired to Cedar Rapids and participated in various volunteer ministries. Currently, she assists the West Midwest Community Development Office by writing birthday cards to donors and at Sacred Heart Life Center, she is a liturgist and receptionist.


Sister Emily Devine, RSM, is a 60-year Jubilarian. On Sept. 8, 1958, Sister Emily Devine (former religious name Sister Mary Noreen) entered the Sisters of Mercy in Marion, Iowa. One of the many places she served was at Kalispell General Hospital from 1973-75.

In 2009, Sister Emily began ministering as a volunteer and currently lives at Sacred Heart Life Center in Cedar Rapids.

Sister Delores Hannon, RSM, is a 50-year Jubilarian. She entered the Sisters of Mercy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Sept. 8, 1969, knowing that she would want to minister in education. A math aficionado, Sister Delores spent the first six years of her ministry teaching at schools in Iowa before moving to Kalispell, where she was a principal at St. Matthew School from 1978 to 1981.

She currently serves the nearly 400 students as president of Mercy High School in Omaha, Nebraska.

Sister Joan Margret Schwager, RSM, is a 50-year Jubilarian. She entered the Sisters of Mercy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in September 1969. In 1986, she moved to Kalispell, Montana, and taught at St. Matthew from 1986 to 2002.

Since 2009, Sister Joan Margret has been teaching at Joplin Catholic Schools in Missouri.