Sister Barbara Blackman, SU
As a child, Barbara Blackman always thought that she might become a Sister. In 2022 as she celebrated her 70th Jubilee as a member of the Sisters of Saint Ursula of the Blessed Virgin Mary in New York, she looked back on those early days and knew that her thoughts were not her own rather a call from God.
Sister Barbara has always been inspired by Sisters. The kindness and generosity of the Sisters who taught her in high school made her feel seen, valued and recognized. She recalls the Sisters inviting a group of girls to the convent to attend Vespers and then stay for some snacks and conversation.
She entered the convent in 1952 and professed her final vows in 1960.
Over the years, Sister Barbara served in many ministries, including teaching high school science and serving as a counselor to the students. She was regional superior from 1978 through 1986. In 1990, Sister Barbara went to the Democratic Republic of Congo where she served as a spiritual and formation director for Sisters and men religious.
Today, Sister Barbara continues her work by caring for the aging Sisters.
No matter where she has been called to serve, she has always felt the steadfast support of her community. In fact, when speaking of her greatest joy, Sister Barbara says, “I’ve had the privilege to spend my life living with a group of Sisters who share in the same values and goals.”
In sharing a word of wisdom, Sister Barbara notes, “We are closest to Jesus in times of difficulties. We must believe in a God who loves us. God is in that circumstance as a loving God. God is here with us and working in our world.”
The Sisters of Saint Ursula of the Blessed Virgin Mary are past SOAR! Grant recipients. This includes a grant to help fund replacement windows for the convent.