Congregation Spotlight: Sr. Barbara Werner Honored

By Katie Beckmann Mahon, Communications Manager

In a packed room at Villa Venezia in Goshen, New York, friends, and supporters of Saint John School gathered together at the Legacy Gala to honor Sr. Barbara Werner, OP.

Sr. Barbara, along with Fr. George Hafemann, were recognized as the first-ever Legacy Gala inductees.

Sr. Barbara Werner, OP

“Receiving this award was a tremendous honor, as well as a truly humbling experience. This award was built upon the legacy of the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York,” shared Sr. Barbara.

After receiving her award, Sr. Barbara, who ministered as Principal for ten years at Saint John School, expressed her gratitude for the many people she worked with throughout the years, shared special memories, and reflected on the meaning of this award.

“I believe that instilling the value of Catholic education is a great legacy that all of us, past and present, take part in accomplishing here at Saint John. It is part of the school’s value, and I hope that I played a small role in successfully fulfilling this work, and leaving a legacy.”

Sr. Barbara Werner's Legacy Award

Sr. Barbara also spoke about the relationship between Saint John School and her congregation, as well as acknowledged two of their former principals, Sr. Patricia Langton and the late Sr. Paracleta Sweeney.

“This is an honor not just for me but for my congregation, who ministered here for over thirty years both as principals and teachers.”

One of the most memorable aspects of the night for Sr. Barbara was seeing so many people that have been impacted by her time spent ministering at Saint John School.

“It was heartwarming to see so many parents of my former students in attendance at the Legacy Gala. The room was full of so many familiar faces and wonderful memories.”

Following the Legacy Gala, Sr. Barbara took time to reflect on the night, as well as her ministry, and her legacy at Saint John School.

“I hope my legacy had inspired my former students to become better, kinder, and more loving individuals as they grow up.”

Sisters Didi Madden, Ellenrita Purcaro, Barbara Werner, Jane Francis Marron, Mary Ann Collins, Mary Flood, and Michaela Connolly, as well as Sr. Barbara's niece, Christine Connelly at the Legacy Gala on February 21, 2020.

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