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Sister Marya Klapkowski

Sister Marya Klapkowski, OP
Born to earthly life: August 23, 1924
Religious profession: August 15, 1953
Entered eternal life: August 29, 2015 “

...She brought hope and joy to all her goodness”   – S. Brenda Walsh, OPS. 

Read S. Marya's obituary.



Sister Marya welcomes Bishop Donald Hying to Siena Center

Sister Marya Klapkowski

was born in Chicago, IL, and earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Loyola University, Chicago. For nearly 40 years, she served as business office manager for Racine Dominican ministries, including Dominican College and St. Catherine’s Infirmary, both in Racine. She was then the receptionist and switchboard operator for Villa St. Anna for 15 years. S. Marya lives at Siena Center.

S. Marya Klapkowski Celebrated Her 60th Jubilee in 2013

What first drew you to the Racine Dominican community?
The Dominican fathers introduced me to the Racine Dominican community stationed at St. Pius in 
Chicago, my hometown. In getting acquainted, I found these sisters so fun-loving, prayerful and
easy to be with. Now you know the rest of the story!

What has kept you in the community all these years?
Our community has those same qualities that originally attracted me. I still find our sisters happy, prayerful and real.

What was one particularly cherished memory of your years in ministry?
I remember well the day I had an appointment with our community president to inform her that, after 22 years, I wanted to discontinue my position at St. Catherine’s Infirmary. Her response was that I deserved to move on. That was a cherished response.

What is one thing people today should know about the Racine Dominicans?
Racine Dominicans are a prayerful, fun-loving and God-loving group of women.

What do you enjoy doing at this time of your life?
I am allowing Scripture – both Old and New Testament – and other inspirational reading to transform me. The Eucharistic Liturgy is the source and summit of my life.