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Sister Mary Barbara AGNEW C.PP.S


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Sister Mary Barbara AGNEW C.PP.S Obituary
AGNEW, C.PP.S., Sister Mary Barbara (M.Madeleva) Resurrection liturgy for Precious Blood Sister M. Barbara Agnew will be held at the Salem Heights Chapel, 4960 Salem Ave., Dayton, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be at the chapel from 9-10:30 a.m. immediately preceding the liturgy. Sister died at the Cypress Pointe Health Campus in Englewood on Oct. 8, 2016. Barbara, 91, had been a Sister of the Precious Blood for 67 years. Born on April 10, 1925 in Dayton, Mary Barbara was the older of two children to Walter I. and Marie K. (Weiser) Agnew. On Feb. 2, 1949 at the age of 23, she formally entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Precious Blood. In religious life she was given the name of Sister Mary Madeleva and later returned to using her baptismal name. After graduating from college she taught one year in the Cincinnati Public Schools before entering the convent. She continued her teaching career mainly on the high school level in Cleveland, Wapakoneta, and Cincinnati. After earning her master's and a doctorate of philosophy, Sister Barbara was awarded two grants in 1976 to study at two notable divinity schools. She wrote numerous articles in various publications, delivered numerous papers on various aspects of theology. She loved to read various kinds of newspapers and journals and interact with others in discussion on topics of theology and Church issues. At Pennsylvania's Villanova University, Barbara ministered in the Theology Department in teaching, writing and doing research as a theologian and faculty member. After her retirement in 1999 Sister ministered in parish faith formation, in literacy training in city prisons and working in a residence of formerly homeless men and women. "It is with great gratitude," wrote Sister Barbara, "that I can celebrate all the years and all the paths of my vocation." She continued her retirement in Dayton at Salem Heights. Barbara moved to Cypress Pointe in September 2016 due to declining health. Sister Barbara is survived by her Precious Blood Community of Sisters, and many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her sisters, Edith (Agnew) Roat and Precious Blood Sister Anne Agnew. Interment will be in the Salem Heights Cemetery.
Published in Dayton Daily News on Oct. 11, 2016
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