Sister Barbara Dawson
to head Sacred Heart Sisters worldwide
Sister Barbara Dawson, RSCJ
Sister Barbara Dawson, RSCJ, a former teacher and president of St. Martin de Porres Regional School in Oakland, was elected Aug. 2 as Superior General of the International Society of the Sacred Heart.
She becomes the third superior general from the U.S. in the Society's 216 years.
For the past four years Sister Barbara served as the provincial of the United States and Canada Province, based in St. Louis, Missouri. The San Francisco native will oversee the communities and ministries of her religious order in 41 countries and six continents from the Society's international headquarters in Rome.
Sister Barbara's ministries have included service in education, administration and immigration in both the U.S. and Jakarta, Indonesia. In addition to her ministry at St. Martin de Porres School, she also served as an executive consultant to the Urban Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Oakland and director of public policy and immigration outreach for Catholic Charities of the East Bay.
Sister Barbara was graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Lone Mountain College and a law degree from the University of San Francisco and a master of arts degree from Stanford University. She is a member of the bar in both California and Missouri.
She succeeds Sister Kathleen Conan, RSCJ, who served as superior general for the past eight years.
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