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IHM Congregation Welcomes New Candidate

Elizabeth Ann McGill to Enter IHM Candidacy Program

 

Elizabeth “Liz” McGill will enter the IHM Candidacy program on March 20, 2018 during a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. in the IHM Center Chapel. Liz will live temporarily with the mentoring community at Capouse Avenue as she gradually incorporates herself into community life and congregational activities. Liz has spent the last ten months in discernment with Sister Mindy Welding, IHM, Director of Vocations and Affiliates. Actually, Liz has been discerning religious life since high school but she pursued advanced education and experience during her young adult years. After working on her Ph.D. and successfully creating a career for herself, Liz still found herself strongly desiring religious life; she felt the tugging of her heart toward a deeper relationship with God.

Liz McGill is the youngest of six children of Richard and Helen McGill from Elmira, New York. She earned a BA in history from Marywood University, an MA in American History with a minor in European history from St. John’s University, New York and a Ph.D. in Human Development with a concentration in higher education from Marywood University. She is employed by Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine as the Regional Education Specialist for the North Campus and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine (research specifically). Her responsibilities are admissions, curriculum and assessment, coordination of clinical rotations for students, advisement, interviewing, scheduling, creating learning plans for struggling students and teaching sessions in ethics.

Liz came to know the IHMs at Marywood as a college student and then later as a resident director, as an adjunct professor, a doctoral student and for the last ten years as the assistant coach of the women’s soccer team.

Service seems to be in Liz’s bones beginning with her family life, her home parish in Elmira, her life as a student and a young professional to her present parish, St. Anthony/St. Rocco’s in Dunmore. As a student, she was involved in numerous service projects and service trips. As coach and mentor she created many volunteer service opportunities for the Marywood women’s soccer team. She serves on the Board of the Women’s Resource Center and the Voluntary Action Center. Liz volunteers at Our Lady of Peace Residence where she thoroughly enjoys  visiting and engaging in  activities with our sisters. Her friends and colleagues describe her as engaging, encouraging, caring, positive, patient, sincere, empathetic, and respectful; a leader, a mentor, a professional who lives out her faith on a daily basis. Liz enjoys skiing, cross-fit, travel, reading, and service.

As a candidate, Liz will continue to work fulltime at the Geisinger School of Medicine. She will be under the direction of Sister Mary Elaine Anderson, IHM, Director of Candidates and Novices. She will be living in community, studying various aspects of IHM life, participating in the Inter-community Formation Program and contributing to IHM groups, activities and committees.

As Liz moves into the candidacy phase of IHM life, she does so with the full blessing of her parents and the prayers of the IHM Sisters. May we all pray for Liz from “Blessing the Way” by Jan Richardson. “With every step you take, blessing rises up to meet you. It has been waiting long ages for you… Look closer and you will see this blessing is not finished; you are part of the path it is preparing…