Wow! 60 plus years and my heart is full of gratitude to my family, Dominican Sisters, friends, relatives and all who have journeyed with me. These past two years I have been over-whelmed with so much support through grieving and care-giving. May my work for justice and peace keep me ever alert.
Marcella Rose Ann Beckman, born on July 9, 1933 in Chesaning, was the ninth of eleven children. She attended St. Michael’s School in Maple Grove. Beginning in the seventh grade she began volunteering at the convent, and she joined the community halfway through her senior year of high school.
Received as Sister Maria Goretti of My Mother of Confidence, she ministered throughout Michigan as housekeeper, student, teacher, principal, pastoral worker and director of religious education.
While helping others, Sister Goretti continued her education, earning a BA from Aquinas College and an MA in Elementary Administration and Supervision from Western Michigan University.
In the 1980s, Sister Goretti’s ministry began to focus more on peacemaking. Becoming a leader in Pax Christi of Michigan, she applied her God-given gifts to significantly increase Michigan members of this international organization. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Pax Christi Michigan 2010 Purple Ribbon for Peace award.
2018 – 68 Years a Sister
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Sr. Maria Goretti is a natural born storyteller. She is a collector of experiences to be shared through story, delighting, surprising, teaching, and advocating for peace.
Sister Maria Goretti (far right) at a Francis Reh Academy Board meeting in Saginaw, Michigan.