In her life before and after the convent, Sister Barbara has served as a teacher, catechist, assistant principal, campfire leader, choir member, and missionary—and that was before taking a leadership position with the congregation. Some might find that dizzying array of responsibilities overwhelming. Not so Sister Barbara.
"I have loved every job I have had."
She really enjoys the variety of all the positions she has had, and especially has loved getting to know so many people.
"When you teach for 25 years, you meet a lot of people. I must have taught hundreds and hundreds of kids. But with a variety of ministries, you expand those communities, and encounter even more people, in even more places."
These days, Sister Barbara serves as Provincial Vicar/Secretary of the Congregation of Divine Providence. Her daily work revolves around the Sisters.
"Working with our Sisters has been wonderful. I have felt privileged and blessed to get to know some of them better and to see their ministries and community situations."
On this 40th anniversary of her final vows, she admits to sometimes getting a bit homesick for the excitement and challenges of parish life. But Sister Barbara takes each season of responsibility in turn, saying, "In each place I have worked, I have felt called there."