I have great love and respect for all communities of religious women. They come into existence in order to serve Jesus of Nazareth, strengthen his community of faith and bring learning and laughter into the lives of those they serve. Today, I am calling attention to my good friend, Sister Mary Lou Barba, who is the former Superior General of the Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence (MCDP).
This community began in Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Houston in 1930. Its area of specialization was catechetical programs for the Hispanic communities which it reached out. The founder, Sister Benita Vermeersch, is on her way to being canonized and she was followed in the community by many other wonderful sisters who concentrated on religious education in poor communities. Sister Mary Lou, a native of Lockhart, was Director of the Office of Religious Education for the Diocese of Austin for several years before being elected Superior General of the community. Now she is back as the director of the parish program in Emmaus Parish in Lakeway.
While Sister Mary Lou is an extraordinary person, at the same time, she is typical of the hundreds of thousands of religious women who have done the all important work of teaching generation after generation the good news of Jesus.
May God bless the Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence and may God bless all those who bring the good news of salvation to the human family.