Over the past 60 years, Sister Mary Ann has experienced the love for one another as sister in her religious community, has appreciated the time for contemplation and is awed by the inter connectedness of all creation.
Mary Ann Capizzo was born on February 2, 1930, in Detroit, Mich., to Vincent and Rosemary Capizzo. She has fond memories of the children in the neighborhood sharing swings, tricycles and sandboxes and especially picnics at Belle Isle. For a time Mary Ann was the youngest in her family, but became the oldest to the second half of her family when she became her "mother's right hand." Before the Depression her father worked at Ford Motor Company and later at Buhl's Hardware, but he especially loved photography. Mary Ann spent much time with her mother who shared with her many things, most notably her faith.
The Capizzos had a picture in their home of Mary praying at the foot of her mother, Saint Ann, a familiar scene in the Capizzo home where faith formation began early. Sister Mary Ann remembers celebrating feast days of Mary and Saint Joseph and praying the rosary with her family each night. Already in grade school, Sister Mary Ann's teacher (an Immaculate Heart of Mary sister from Monroe, Mich.) predicted that "some day you will be with us." Although she was correct in her prediction of a religious vocation for Sister Mary Ann, the details were yet to be determined.
In high school Sister Mary Ann joined the Junior Third Order of Saint Francis. Fr. Tom Weier was the assistant director of the Third Order at St. Bonaventure Monastery where she spent after-work hours. He introduced her to the Franciscan Sisters in Little Falls. For her, the routine clerical work at which she was employed was not nearly as exciting as to follow the call to a more intense Franciscan way of life and to care for orphans. She was accepted into the novitiate on August 12, 1948, and pronounced her perpetual vows on August 12, 1953.
Sister Mary Ann received a certificate in child care from St. Thomas University, an associate of arts degree in Mental Health Technology, a bachelor's degree in Psychology/Sociology and her master's degree in Pastoral Studies. The combination of her education and gifts led her to St. Cloud Children's Home, St. Francis High School and St. Francis Hospital. She worked in medical records and in pastoral ministry and counseling. She has been actively involved in peace and healing ministry in St. Paul, Minn., and continues to work in retreat ministry, spiritual direction, parish volunteer ministries, and as spiritual assistant for the Secular Franciscans.
Over the past 60 years, Sister Mary Ann has experienced the love for one another as sister in her religious community, has appreciated the time for contemplation and is awed by the inter-connectedness of all creation. She sees that everything is truly ONE in God's love. Franciscan community values of peace and justice throughout the world are of utmost importance to her. She is most grateful to God for calling her to this Franciscan way of life and to her sisters for their support in "unity in diversity," which has been a precious gift to her, because she firmly believes that God has gifted each one of us to accomplish various works for the glory and praise of his name.