Sister Mary Ann Giardina, O.P.
Sister Mary Ann was born in Beaumont, Texas, where she lived with her parents Nick and Mary Giardina and her sister Rose and brother Sam. Sister Mary Ann was taught by Dominican Sisters at St. Anthony High School. After graduating high school she attended Lamar College in Beaumont and worked several years at Coburn Supply Company.
In 1955 Sister Mary Ann entered Sacred Heart Convent and she began her service to the community. “The Dominican Sisters who taught me in high school made quite an impression on me, inspiring me to enter.”
She taught business and administration classes at St. Pius X High School in Houston, Texas; Monsignor Kelly High School in Beaumont, Texas, and St. Agnes Academy in Houston, Texas. Sister Mary Ann also taught business and administration at the collegiate level at Dominican College in Houston.
Sister Mary Ann also spent time serving the Dominican Sisters Community directly as community secretary, council member and treasurer.
In 1997 Sister Mary Ann and Sister Marge Novak, a Franciscan Sister, co-founded Raphael Community Free Clinic in Kerrville, Texas. This organization serves those who cannot afford health insurance especially the working poor. Sister Mary Ann worked at the community center for almost 20 years before retiring. “I love this ministry. I have really enjoyed every ministry I have been involved with. The Raphael Community Center was a wonderful place to be. I am very blessed for that.”
Sister Mary Ann moved back to Houston and currently lives at St. Dominic Villa with companion sisters.
From notes submitted by and interview with Sister Mary Ann Giardina, O.P. 2014. Updated March 2017.