sister barbara jean jennings

50th Jubilee

Born in St. Louis, Barbara entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1966 and was received into the novitiate in 1967.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in English for secondary education from Fontbonne College in 1971 and a masters in theological studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago in 1986.

Her first 13 years of high school ministry were at Reicher Catholic High School in Waco, Texas, and then at St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Sister Barbara served in Kansas City, Missouri, in a number of capacities: program director at Holy Family Catholic Worker House/Agnes House; Church of the Risen Christ, Catholics for Justice volunteer chairperson of the Latin American Task Force;  associate director of the Diocesan Peace and Justice Office; and pastoral pdministrator at St. Joseph Parish in Easton, Missouri. She served as an adjunct instructor at Avila University from 1997 to 2005, teaching peace studies and history of religions in the United States.

Sister Barbara returned to St. Louis in 2005, enjoying a sabbatical in earth literacy through St. Mary of the Woods. She also spent six months working for NETWORK and OXFAM on the 2007 Farm Bill, and six months helping with the Christmas program at Carondelet Community Betterment Federation.   

She was an adjunct instructor at Fontbonne University from 2006 to 2010.

Since July 2007, Sister Barbara has served as the Coordinator of the Midwest Coalition for Responsible Investment, a coalition of mostly Catholic religious communities and individuals, addressing issues of corporate social responsibility. 


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