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Sister Barbara Doherty

Formerly Sister Vincent Ferrer

Sister Barbara was born on December 2, 1931 and died on August 17, 2020.


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Sister Barbara, formerly Sister Vincent Ferrer, entered the Congregation on February 2, 1951. Her final ministry was in prayer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Barbara was inspired at the age of 7 to become a Sister of Providence by an aunt who had also joined the Congregation.

Many of Sister Barbara’s ministries were in education, including many years as President of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and the director of the Institute of Religious Formation at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

Here is Sister Barbara’s complete ministry:

In Indiana: Teacher, St. Paul, Sellersburg (1953-56); Teacher, St. Agnes Academy, Indianapolis (1960-62); Teacher Formation Program/Mistress of Postulants, Sisters of Providence (1963-65); Teacher, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1965-67); Teacher, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1971-73); Teacher, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1974-75); President, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1984-98); Coordinator, Office of the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2007-2010); Prayer, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2011-2020).

In Illinois: Teacher, Immaculate Conception, Chicago (1956-60); Co-Provincial/Director of Christian Development, St. Joseph Province, Park Ridge (1975-83); Director of the Institute of Religious Formation, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago (1999-2007).


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