Sister Maria’s Story

A passion for expressing her faith

A career as a fashion illustrator was what Sister Maria Liebeck, D.C., anticipated as she graduated from high school in southwestern, Michigan. She moved to Chicago to pursue her dream. While there, she attended a retreat at a social service center operated by the Daughters. It was there she first learned about the Community. Only a short time later, she entered the Daughters of Charity in St. Louis and was missioned to serve at a day care and grade school in the inner city. After earning degrees in education and art from Fontbonne University in St. Louis and The University of Dallas, she taught for 28 years in elementary and high schools, college, and a diocesan seminary in the Midwest, Puerto Rico and El Paso, Texas. Throughout those years, Sister Maria never surrendered her love of art.

In the 1980s, Sister Maria began working in community development. She was later missioned to serve as the outreach coordinator at Helping Hand in Little Rock, Arkansas. There, she frequently sketched portraits of the needy clients she served. Today, she works full-time in art ministry at her studio, Woman Tree Art. The proceeds from the sales of her artwork benefit Helping Hand.