The St. Louis Review, newspaper for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, covered our sisters’ call for better conditions for farmworkers. This call was a central theme at the recent Sisters of St. Joseph Federation Meeting held in Orlando, Fla. in July 2016.
Our Sisters Baya Clare, CSJ and Ruth Booker, CSJ from St. Paul, Minn. and Sisters Patty Clune, CSJ and Martha Neimann, CSJ of St. Louis, Mo. were featured in a four-part series on prison ministry in the U.S. by the Global Sisters Report, a part of the National Catholic Reporter. The series also prominently featured Journey House, a home for women leaving prison, which is one of our ministries in Kansas City, Mo.
This award is given each year to an acknowledged leader of the health ministry who has inspired and mentored numerous others. The individual’s leadership extends past the Catholic health ministry to influence and impact the local community and beyond.
For 50 years, Sister Barbara served in health care ministry and education, predominately nursing.
Notably, she served the dear neighbor in community health programs in Kansas City. She was the program coordinator of maternal child health at the Samuel U. Rodgers Comprehensive Community Health Center, 1988-98; and the project director for the Kansas City Healthy Start program at Heart of America United Way, 1998-2002.
Sister Barbara retired in 2015 and continues to serve on several boards and in a variety of volunteer and community service activities, including Mircrofinancing Partners in Africa, which assists those in extreme poverty, and Nia Kuumba, a spirituality center for women of African and African-American descent.
She also serves as a member of the Ascension Sponsor, the Ministerial Public Juridic Person for Ascension, the largest Catholic Health System in the country.
In particular, she is a well-known speaker on issues of race and justice, sharing her story as one of many religious who marched for civil rights in Selma, Alabama in 1965.
She received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from both St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, 2013 and Avila University, 2015.
Our St. Louis province has joined an effort of St. Louis Catholic Sisters to spread a message of hope in the region. The sisters launched a billboard campaign in March with signs throughout the metro area reading “We have faith in you, St. Louis.” The message demonstrate the hope the sisters have in the city and also raise awareness of the presence of Catholic sisters around National Catholic Sisters Week.
The Congregational Justice Personnel met at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham, NY, from October 22 to 24 and then continued on to the meeting of the Federation Justice coordinators in Brentwood, NY.
Participants included: (back row: l. to r.) Consociate Ginger Hedstrom (St. Paul), Sister Diane Smith (Los Angeles), Sister Fran Dempsey (Albany), Megan Bender (St. Paul), Elea Ingram (St. Paul, St. Joseph Worker); (front row: l. to r.) Sisters Ida Robertine Berresheim (St. Louis), Doreen Glynn (Albany), Sister Danielle Bonetti (Congregational Leadership Team), and Linda Neil (Albany).