Instead of being just a Church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a Church that finds new roads, that is able to step outside itself and go to those who do not attend Mass, to those who have quit or are indifferent.

Pope Francis

Chris McCormick Pries, ARNP

Chris McCormick received her BSN degree from the University of Maryland, in 1971 and worked at an adult inpatient unit at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, New York. After moving to Iowa, she taught Mental Health Nursing at Black Hawk College, then enrolled at the University of Iowa in the Graduate Nursing Program and received a Master of Arts Degree with an emphasis in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing.

In 1975 she joined Vera French Community Mental Health Center where she is currently serving as a Clinical Director. This center provides assistance to over 10,000 adults and children in our community each year through a variety of programs at numerous community locations.

In addition to her work in mental health, Chris is the Chairperson of the Diocese of Davenport Sexual Abuse Review Board, she has completed training as a Faith Community Nurse through Genesis Health System, and is closely involved with the youth program at St. John Vianney Parish in Bettendorf.