Maryknoll, NY: Sister Marie Ann Lipetzky, M.M. died on May 19th, 2021 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY. She was born on December 28th, 1923, in Clements, MN to Al Lipetzky and Ann (Heitzig) Lipetzky. She had ten siblings: five brothers and five sisters; she is survived by her four sisters.
Marie Ann attended high school at Good Counsel Academy in Mankato, MN from 1936 -1941. On July 2nd, 1941 she entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Maryknoll, NY (from St. Joseph Parish, Clements, in the New Ulm Diocese, Minnesota). She made her First Profession of Vows on March 7th, 1944 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY and her Final Profession of Vows on the same date in 1947, also at the Sisters Center.
From 1943 – 1947, she studied at Maryknoll Teachers College (located on the property of the Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY). There, she earned a Bachelor of Education Degree. She then attended The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN where she earned a second Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science in 1948. She also spent three summers studying Gregorian Chant at Pius X School of Liturgical Music and was responsible for all liturgical music at the Maryknoll Sisters Center. She then continued her education at St. Louis University, MO earning a Master’s Degree in Religious Education in 1970.
In 1954, Sister Marie Ann received her first overseas mission assignment to the Philippine Islands where she served as librarian and music teacher at Maryknoll College, Quezon City.
In 1960, she was assigned to teach at Maryknoll Convent School in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong until 1972. She then studied Cantonese for one year before going to live in the Young Workers’ Center where she worked in liturgy, choir. During this time, she also worked as a staff member for the parish at Sau Mau Ping, a government housing project. There, she did home visits to those in need for the next 5 years.
In 1981, Sister Marie Ann returned home to care for her elderly mother until 1984. She then returned to Hong Kong in 1985, to work with the elderly in Yuen Long, New Territories, at project of Caritas until 1998.
From 1998-2005, she was missioned in Macao – China doing parish catechetical work, preparing catechumens for baptism and making home visits to the elderly.
In 2005, Sister Marie Ann returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY to serve as a volunteer on the Sisters Pastoral Care Team for one year. From 2006-2008, she worked as Co-Coordinator of the Sisters “Chi- Rho” Community and served as a Delegate at the Congregation’s General Assembly. Sister Marie Ann remained active at the Sisters Center, serving as a member of the Worship Committee and Choir until 2019 when she retired.
Funeral Services: A Vespers Service will be held on Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 in the Annunciation Chapel at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY. A Funeral Mass will follow on Thursday, May 27th, 2021 also in the Annunciation Chapel.