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2013 Lumen Christi Award Nominees
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Sister Bernadette Barrett, SHSP
Diocese of Shreveport, Louisiana

Closing Gaps While Building Bridges of Faith

Sister Bernadette “Bernie” Barrett, SHSP, ministers in Lake Providence, Louisiana. Once dubbed the “poorest town in the country,” more than 40% of Lake Providence’s residents live below the poverty line. Passionate about social justice and powered by her faith, Sister Barrett devotes her considerable energy working across race, class, socio-economic standing and denominational lines for the betterment of the community. Her loving calls to action are slowly empowering downtrodden residents to play a role in rehabilitating their town. Sister Barrett’s involvement in various civic organizations and interfaith groups is a strong witness to the Church’s concern for the people of Lake Providence.

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