Sister Barbara Ann Cernosek, O.P.
Sister Barbara Ann was born in Galveston, Texas. “I have happy memories of growing up on the island.” She attended St. Mary’s Cathedral Catholic School and Dominican High School in Galveston. Her parents originated from a Czech farming community and had a limited educational background. “They sacrificed dearly to ensure that their four children would be educated in Catholic Schools. My parents had a strong work ethic which they passed on to us.”
Sister Barbara Ann entered Sacred Heart Convent in September 1960. “The Dominican Sisters who taught me seemed to enjoy one another. Their smiles, sharing their faith life, their high expectations of their students impressed me. I wanted to be a part of these happy women…I wanted to be just like them.”
Over the next 50years Sister Barbara Ann would teach in many schools. She has taught at St. Anthony Cathedral Catholic School and Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School in Beaumont, Texas; Christ the King Catholic School, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School and St. Jerome Catholic School in Houston; St. Gregory Catholic School in Whittier, California; Central Catholic High School in Port Arthur; Dominican Academy in Austin; and O’Connell Catholic High School and Galveston Catholic (now known as Holy Family Catholic School) in Galveston.
She has spent many years helping others learn and continuing to learn herself. Sister Barbara Ann holds a Bachelors degree from Sacred Heart Dominican College. She also studied at Mt. Saint Mary’s in California, Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas and Notre Dame in Indiana.
Sister Barbara Ann’s most memorable experience over these years would have to be her Golden Jubilee in 2010. “It was also the year for our 50th Class Reunion. The student body at Holy Family Catholic School presented me with a thumb printed crucifix. Each thumbprint represented a Hail Mary said for my intentions. This is now displayed on the entrance to my classroom. A Gala celebrating my Jubilee with family, classmates, community and faculty topped off a wonderful year!”
Sister Barbara Ann is presently teaching fourth grade at Holy Family Catholic School in Galveston. “I’d like to continue teaching as long as I am effective. I enjoy my ministry!” When she is not in the classroom she is keeping up with former classmates and students, reading, gardening and shopping.
From submitted notes from Sister Barbara Ann Cernosek, O.P. 2014.