Sister Barbara is well known in Lacombe having served as director for fourteen years when the Center housed Blessing Place, a sabbatical and renewal program for religious and clergy. Sister Barbara was a religion, mathematics and science teacher. She served as director of Hope House, living and working with the people of the St. Thomas Public Housing Development in direct services, adult education, and community organization.
She also served as Executive Councilor and Assistant to the President of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mount Carmel. In addition to her role at the CSC, Sr. Barbara serves as Director of Initial and On-Going formation for the Sisters.
Sister Terry currently serves as Program Director for groups and individuals who come to use the Center. She was on the staff when the Center was Blessing Place. She holds a master’s degree in Liturgy and is certified in Spiritual Direction. Sister Terry’s ministries include teacher, pastoral associate, and liturgical consultant for building and renovating three churches in the New Orleans area.
Sister Lena brings energy and enthusiasm to her position as the Center’s House Director. Sister Lena is a registered nurse who spent eleven years as a missionary in Liberia and Ivory Coast, Africa. She has cared for the elderly and has done social service ministry to the poor of central Alabama. Sister Lena is also in charge of our gift shop.
Mary Lewis serves in food service and preparation of the Center for guests. Mary worked 14 years at Carmel Center Retreat House and returned in March, 2004 to the Carmelite Spirituality Center. She has served as a cook and housekeeper for over 18 years. Mary is a mother of 3, grandmother of 9 and great-grandmother of 6.
Michelle helps to make our facilities clean and inviting. She prepares breakfasts for our guests.