Sister Barbara Jukins, OP

Hailing from Methuen, Massachusetts, Sister Barbara faithfully served God and our Dominican community for almost 68 years. In one final reflection, Sister was characterized as having the heart of a shepherd. To nurture and encourage, to show compassion and concern is to have a shepherd’s heart. Sister Barbara taught for 40 years and was a wise and gentle shepherd for all those children. She lavished them with tender care —knowing what to overlook and when to gently guide, direct and encourage. Long lasting relationships with many of her students were developed due to Sister’s non-judgmental manner and her ability to instill confidence in them.
Sister Barbara was also a gifted musician. In several of her assignments, in addition to being a classroom teacher, she gave piano lessons, served as substitute parish organist and directed the Chancel boys’ choir. After leaving teaching for health reasons, Sister’s musical talents were utilized as Motherhouse liturgist and organist at St. Catherine’s Convent. Quiet in manner, she was always ready with a kind word and promise of prayer. Sister’s philosophy was “It’s not what you say to people but how you make them feel when you are with them.” Compassion, faith, comfort, love—qualities of a shepherd’s heart—truly the heart of Sister Barbara. May she dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come.

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