Sister Julia Barry (Catherine), Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ (PHJC) died on November 23, 2020 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was 95 years of age.
Sister was born in Belleville, IL to Patrick and Julia (Geehan) who preceded her in death along with her only sibling, Sister Christine Barry PHJC. Her parents were born in Ireland. Sister is survived by very special cousins.
Sister Julia entered the Poor Handmaid Community on September 8, 1943 and she professed her vows on June 25, 1946. On the occasion of her 70th Jubilee sister stated: “As I reflect on my life, I am grateful for the 70 years of my vowed life as a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ. Seventy years ago, I did not realize the journey God had for me, or the plan of ministry He had for me. Now after many years of living in Community, I would gladly do it all over again.”
Sister Julia ministered in a variety of ways over the years, including homemaker, childcare, parish ministry, care for the elderly and community service. Places of ministry included St. Henry, Chicago IL; Angel Guardian Orphanage, Chicago IL; St. Vincent Villa, Fort Wayne IN; St. John Orphanage Belleville IL; St. Boniface Edwardsville IL; St. Mary Edwardsville IL; St. Augustine Chicago IL; Holy Angels School Gary IN; and 24 years’ of community service at the PHJC Motherhouse in Donaldson, IN.
She officially retired to Catherine Kasper Home in September 2016 at the Center in Donaldson, IN.
A private visitation will be held at the Ancilla Domini Chapel Friday, November 27, 2020 from 9:30 am to 11 am EST. The Mass of Resurrection will follow in the Chapel at 11:00 a.m. EST and burial will follow the Liturgy in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson, IN. The services will be livestreamed at: www.poorhandmaids.org/live .
Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ,
PO Box 1, Donaldson, Indiana 46513 or on www.poorhandmaids.org.
PLEASE NOTE: For your protection, the entire funeral home staff will wear masks. It is mandated that family members and their guests do so as well.
Mass of Resurrection
Ancilla Domini Chapel
9601 Union Road, Donaldson, IN
Maria da Consolação Custódio da Silva says
It is bad to lose someone dear. Sister Julia I have fond memories I spent 9 months in Donalson when it was at breakfast many times I sat at the same table as she was I thought she was such an amazing, caring person. She said few things to me, but her gaze conveyed security and I loved being with her. Thank you sister Julia for the beautiful mission on earth, you were an instrument of God, look after us.
RONALD Bollman says
Thanks be to God for allowing you to such a fine vocation. What a glorious time to go into the arms of Jesus at the start of Advent. Now he will cover you with his internal love and glory.