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Sacred Heart Sister Barbara Dawson, SF native, elected order’s superior general
September 12th, 2016

Sacred Heart Sister Barbara Dawson, currently Provincial of the Society of the Sacred Heart United States – Canada Province, was elected Aug. 2 as Superior General of the International Society of the Sacred Heart. Sister Barbara was elected by the society’s General Chapter meeting in Nemi, Italy. The General Chapter is composed of delegates from every province and serves as the highest governing body of the congregation.


Sister Barbara grew up in San Francisco’s St. Brendan Parish attending St. Brendan School, the Sacred Heart Sisters’ Convent of the Sacred Heart High School and Lone Mountain College, and University of San Francisco Law School. She also holds a degree from Stanford University in international comparative education. In addition to congregational leadership, Sister Barbara has held posts with Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Francisco and has ministered as an immigration lawyer.


Sister Barbara is the third superior general from the United States in the society’s 216 years. In her new role, Sister Barbara will oversee the communities and ministries of her congregation in 41 countries and six continents from the sisters’ international headquarters in Rome.


From September 15, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.

 






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