Sister Barbara Ann Collins, O.P.
Sister Barbara Ann was born in Port Neches, Texas. She lived with her parents and brother. “I had a happy childhood and my favorite memory is my entrance to St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Port Neches.” She went on to graduate from St. Anthony High School.
In September 1956, Sister Barbara Ann entered the convent. “I was taught by Dominican Sisters and they inspired me by their friendliness and holiness.”
Sister Barbara Ann has studied at several wonderful institutions. In 1965 she received her BA from Sacred Heart Dominican College. She went on to study at Notre Dame in Indiana, Lady of the Lake and Incarnate Word in San Antonio and Loyola University in California.
Sister Barbara Ann would teach over 50 years, in ten different schools including, Christ the King Catholic School, St. Jerome Catholic School, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, and St. AugustineCatholic School in Houston, Texas. She taught at St. Anne Catholic School in Beaumont, Texas, Sacred Heart Catholic School and Odyssey Academy in Galveston, Texas; at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Whittier, California; and at St. Joseph Catholic School andSt. Catherine Catholic School in Port Arthur, Texas.
“My most memorable ministry was at St. Catherine School. I was the junior high teacher there for fifteen years. I am from that area so I was close to my family and over the years I taught three or four children from one family. I even taught the children of my former students.”
In 2001 Sister Barbara Ann became the Director of the Christus Literacy Center in Galveston. She currently still serves in this position. “My future is in Galveston. I enjoy fishing, gardening and reading.”
From submitted notes from Sister Barbara Ann Collins, O.P. 2014.