Sister Diane was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Ann and Harry Liston. She has a wonderful brother, Jim. Sister Diane has fond childhood memories of family Christmases, watermelon picnics in the backyard and being a helper to her Gram and Gramp.
God’s call came to her early in life and continued its presence until the time was ready for her response. Diane (Patsy) attended Mount Saint Scholastica High School in Atchison, Kansas, as a boarding student. Taught by the Benedictine Sisters, she learned about the Benedictine way through the Rule of St. Benedict. What impressed her most about the Benedictines was their prayer life and their associations with each other, a shared life and a peaceful prayerful one. She used to join them in their prayer times in the chapel and found the answer for what lay ahead for her.
After graduation Diane responded to God calling her to the Benedictine way of life. Sister Diane Liston made her first profession on January 1, 1952. She received her degree in music education from Mount Saint Scholastica. She became a charter member of Benet Hill in 1965. Diane received her Masters from St. John’s University.
Through the years, Sister Diane found that God had a plan for her; and teaching has been her life-long ministry. She taught in Missouri and at Sacred Heart in Colorado Springs. The sisters of Benet Hill started the Holy Trinity Parish School in 1965 where Sister Diane taught. She also taught at St. Cajetan School in Denver. Sister Diane loved teaching children and especially giving piano and organ lessons after school. Sister Diane began teaching chorus, orchestra and later religion at Benet Hill Academy. From 1976-1983 Sister Diane was at Fatima where she was a Director of Religious Education for K-6 grades and taught Adult Education.
She returned to the monastery in 1983, and started the four year scripture program at the Benet Hill Center. She continued the program for twenty-nine years. Teaching scripture allowed her the opportunity to meet and really get to know so many people. Everyone who was in class added something special to her life
Sister Diane served Benet Hill Community as Formation Director, served on the Monastic Council and participated on numerous committees. Sister Diane enhanced community prayers and liturgies with both the piano and organ accompaniment. She enjoyed taking friends on mountain hikes and learned to love fishing. She was a faithful letter writer, keeping family and friends informed. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting and cross country skiing.
Currently Sister Diane has returned to Mount Saint Scholastica as a resident of Dooley Center. She has Alzheimer’s disease and has found the sisters and staff most welcoming and knows she is loved and secure. God’s presence has guided her, sustained her and led her on a path that will one day end with the home prepared for all those carrying out the ways of God.