Sister Barbara Moran, Age 88

West Midwest

Monday, November 2, 2020

Sister Barbara entered the Burlingame Community in 1950, professed vows in 1953 and was given the religious name Sister Mary Christine. Her studies were primarily in English, earning a BA from Holy Names College, followed by an MA. She taught at St. Gabriel’s School for two years and at Mercy high schools in San Francisco and Burlingame for 10 years before earning a PhD in linguistics from the Catholic University of America.

In 1970, Sister Barbara requested a dispensation from her vows, during which time she taught at the College of St. Mary in Minnesota and at Johnson C. Smith University, an historically black college in North Carolina. She reconnected with Mercy in Belmont, North Carolina, and in 1983 requested to return to Burlingame. She was welcomed back into the Mercy Community and continued her education ministry in English and ESL at local colleges and seminaries. She loved teaching ESL students and found it more challenging and rewarding than teaching students on the main track.

Sister Barbara had an appetite for learning and adventure. In 1998, she began studies at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco to become a docent and enjoyed serving in that capacity for several years, even travelling to China to further her understanding of the art and culture. She described her trip to China with Sister M. Celeste Rouleau: “Being a tourist for the first time in my life, I felt at times so foreign, so identified with Western wealth, power and superfluities. It was like looking through a glass wall at the beauty of a vast countryside and the poverty of so many people of this rich and ancient culture. Our sense of the world can never be the same.”

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