Sr. Carmen de Barros, formerly Sr. Francis Mary, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at the convent.
Born March 10, 1923 in Havana, Cuba, she was the daughter of Francisca (Coll) and Leonardo de Barros.
She entered the convent Sept. 5, 1944, and made her final vows Aug. 12, 1951. A teacher of Spanish, biology and religion as well as being a student counselor, she taught at Oldenburg Academy in Oldenburg, Scecina High School and St. Mary’s Academy in Indianapolis, and Our Lady of Angels High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Stepping away from teaching after 43 years, she would found the Casa Franciscana de Alegria in Chicago, Illinois. It provided Hispanic women a place to go to explore and understand their call to service for God and church. After 14 years as director, she would retire to the Motherhouse in Oldenburg.
Sr. Carmen grew up in Cuba and came to the U.S. in 1944 to accept a scholarship at Marian University in Indianapolis, entering the Sisters of St. Francis after graduation. She would later be part of the inaugural group chosen for Scecina High School’s “Crusader Wall of Honors” that recognizes and honors those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Scecina.
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Leonardo de Barros.
Visitation is from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, June 9, at the convent.
Funeral services follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Gerald Kirkoff officiating. Burial will follow in the convent cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Srs. of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN 47036 (www.OldenburgFranciscans.org).