Sister Diane Ris (formerly Sister Martin Therese) was born in Port Chester, New York on July 16, 1932. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence July 21, 1951 from Holy Trinity parish, Washington, DC, and pronounced first vows in January 1954. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, a master’s degree in education from Indiana University and a doctorate in education from Ball State University.
Sister Diane taught in schools in Indiana, Illinois and Maryland. In 1977 she became an associate professor at Morehead State University in Kentucky, being promoted to professor in 1980. She served as provincial of St. Gabriel Province from 1986 to 1990. For three months in 1995 she took a leave of absence from Morehead to serve as interim director of Global Education Associates. Sister Diane was elected general superior in 1996 and served in that position until 2001.
The most memorable event of Sister Diane’s term as general superior was the beatification of Mother Theodore Guerin on October 25, 1998. Other important events were: the publication of the revised 1997 Constitutions and Complementary Document; the Jubilee 2000 debt forgiveness of the three Congregation-sponsored institutions; the Congregation-wide study of health care needs, which resulted in plans for a new health care facility and the renovation of present facilities.
After completing her term as general superior, Sister Diane took a year’s sabbatical. Then she served as a Reiki practitioner and a writer. Sister Diane died on Feb. 20, 2013.