“YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD WHAT IS GOOD AND WHAT THE LORD REQUIRES OF YOU: ONLY TO DO THE RIGHT AND TO LOVE GOODNESS, AND TO WALK HUMBLY WITH YOU GOD.” – MICAH 6:8
Sister Rose Ann Barmann celebrated a life-giving sixty years of Monastic vows in August 2020. Since she made her first profession in January 1960 (in Atchison, KS), she never looked back. Sister Rose Ann describes her lived experience as a Benedictine Sister like “two hands clapping with only one sound of rejoicing.” One hand represents her transformation to seek God in daily living within community and the other hand represents what has flowed from that choice into her service and ministry. She sees her life as creative, challenging and exciting. She is currently in the process of launching Bakhita Mountain Home as a separate 501(c)3 organization to help adult victims of human trafficking.
Her work has brought her into contact with a variety of cultures and people who filled her with gratitude for the abundance and richness of God’s lavish blessings from the relationships she has developed. Sister Rose Ann’s work included teaching, administration, work with the Theresians, service to her community in a variety of administrative positions and serving as Prioress from 1999-2005. She has always approached her work and calling with an attitude of faith, trust and obedience. “Everything that I have experienced has been useful. Even my mistakes have been opportunities for maturing. Not one second of my life has been in vain, because all that I have lived is part of a Divine design of an unconditional loving Creator; the Source of all Being.”