Sister Mary Corice Evans grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, attending Our Lady of Lourdes Grade School and St. Mary’s High School, graduating in 1954. Three years later, Sister Corice entered the Sisters of Mercy in Council Bluffs, Iowa, making her final profession on August 16, 1960.
Sister Corice earned a bachelor’s in education from College of Saint Mary in Omaha and a master’s in special education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. For nearly 33 years, she taught primary grades in Iowa, Colorado, Missouri and Nevada.
After a two-year assignment in retreat work at Pecos Benedictine Monastery in New Mexico, where she gave retreats in such places as Jamaica, Germany, Washington and Idaho, Sister Corice returned to teaching with new energy. She was called to Mount St. Mary in Grass Valley, California, where she taught for 10 years. She spoke fondly of this time, saying often that she greatly enjoyed her years in New Mexico and California.
Returning to Omaha in the early 1990s, Sister Corice went into parish ministry, serving within the Archdiocese of Omaha at St. Peter, St. Ann, Saint Joan of Arc and St. Richard. This evolved into her working within the broader community, serving people of all ages by helping to lead college faith groups in providing pastoral care to homebound seniors, of which she once said, “It was so fulfilling to carry His word to the many people He had chosen.” Sister Corice retired to Mercy Villa in 2013.