Psalm 146 I will praise the Lord all my days, make music to my God while I live. For ALL, I share a grateful heart and hold special the Dominican Sisters with whom I have lived in community, shared study and prayer.
Walter and Eleanor (Sniegowski) Goch came to Michigan to establish their livelihood, family and home. The family grew to include Norman and Mary Ann, born May 3, 1934. St. Henry parish in Lincoln Park was the faith community into which Mary Ann received all the sacraments of initiation as well as the years of elementary education. Secondary education was at St. Francis Xavier in neighboring Ecorse.
When the family moved to Allen Park, St. Frances Cabrini Parish was just beginning and it was as a weekday organist that she met the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids.
Mary Ann earned a BA from Marygrove College in Detroit in 1956 and began a teaching career in music education at Dossin School in Detroit. In 1961 she embraced Dominican life at Marywood and received the name Sr. Marie Ann – later returning to her baptismal name, Mary Ann. The years of formation as a Dominican were enriched by studies leading to an MA in Religious Studies from Aquinas College.
Mary Ann enjoyed teaching classroom music and piano at St. Joseph, West Branch; St. Mary Muskegon; St. Joseph and St. Boniface, Bay City and St. John, Essexville. In response to ministry needs in the church she became a team member in the role of Religious Education Coordinator at St. Joseph, Bay City and later at St. Mary, Hemlock.
Almost like coming full circle, Sacred Heart, Merrill became the place she ministers as music director, serves as a greeter and member of the worship commission. Along the way she has enjoyed travel, friends, concerts, some quilting, crocheting, playing cards and sharing hospitality.
2018 – 57 Years a Sister
Pray for liturgical musicians
Sister Mary Ann (far right) with the 2012 Sacred Heart Parish Worship Commission – Merrill, MI.