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placeholder October 3, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA
Sister Barbara Dawson named new provincial

Sister Barbara Dawson will be the next provincial of the U.S. Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart, the community announced on Sept. 19.

Her three-year term — her third as leader of the U.S. province — will begin in the summer of 2012. She previously served from 1993 to 1999.

Until just a few months ago, Sister Barbara served as president of St. Martin de Porres School in Oakland. “It became really clear that St. Martin de Porres was in relatively good shape, and what I came to do, I did,” she said in an interview before her departure. “I think it’s exciting to have a new, younger leader to help the community move forward.”

From 2000 to 2003, she served as director of Public Policy and Immigration Outreach for Catholic Charities of the East Bay.

Sister Barbara recently moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, where she is living and working with the Society of the Sacred Heart Indonesia (Kongregasi Hati Kudus Yesus) as it develops its plan for mission and ministry.

“This is a somewhat surprising turn of events in my life,” she said in an e-mail from Indonesia. “I hope that I can bring the same energy and passion I have for St. Martin de Porres School and the work of Catholic education for low-income children to the work I will now do with our province.”

While in Indonesia, she has served as a consultant to the Urban Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Oakland. That role will change when she assumes the leadership of her order.

“While I won’t be able to continue as a paid consultant for the Urban Schools and the School Department after this academic year, I hope that I can continue to advocate on behalf of urban Catholic education in the larger arena of the country,” she said. “St. Martin de Porres and the leaders of the Oakland Catholic School have taught me about the power and potential of Catholic education for low-income children particularly. I hope I can continue to partner with the Oakland schools in my future work.”

In her letter to the U.S. province, Sister Kathleen Conan, superior general of the international congregation of women religious, wrote, “Barb will bring to this service her strong commitment to the Society, her belief in our vocation and in the province. . . . Barb will bring her strong sense of mission rooted in our spirituality, her commitment to the co-responsibility of the membership, her experience in various aspects of the province’s ministries and the Society’s internationality, and her considerable administrative experience.”

There are 340 members in the United States Province and more than 2,500 professed members in 41 countries.

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