Sister Barbara Lynn Schmitz

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

Testimonial Quote: Community life is truly a gift for me. I love and feel loved by the community. They call me to be my best self. In answering that call, we all grow closer to God.

Entrance Date: January 17, 1981

First Profession Date: August 28, 1982

Perpetual Profession Date: July 18, 1987

Position: Sabbatical

Educational Background:
• Bachelor’s degree - University of Memphis
• Master’s prep- Brescia College
• Master’s degree University of Notre Dame

Work Background:
• Interior design firm comptroller (before entering convent)
• Business manager of Marian Heights Academy
• Treasurer of Monastery
• NATRI/Benedictine monastery consultant,
• Parish administrator/Pastoral associate,
• Director of mission advancement
• Prioress

Present Ministry: Director of Operations – Sisters of St. Benedict, Treasurer

Other Interests: Reading, TED Talks, exercise, gardening, movies

What attracted me to this community: The collective "seeking God," the love for one another, the support for my own spiritual journey.