Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

OBITUARIES: Barbara Misner, S.C.S.C. (1931-2013)

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

OBITUARIES: Barbara Misner, S.C.S.C. (1931-2013)

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Sister Barbara Misner, Sister of Mercy of the Holy Cross, died on June 28, 2013, at Bell Tower Residence in Merrill, Wisconsin, at the age of eighty-two. She was born on April 13,1931, in Jackson, Michigan; her parents were the late Francis de Sales Misner and Madge (Mee) Misner. She entered the Holy Cross Convent in Merrill on August 2, 1948, and celebrated her First Profession on August 24, 1950, taking the name Sister Francis de Sales Misner, S.C.S.C. She attended Alverno College in Milwaukee and earned an MA degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, with a thesis on the economic theories of Friedrich List in earlynineteenth-centuiy Germany (1967). Her dissertation for the PhD degree from The Catholic University of America (1981) was "A Comparative Social Study of the Members and Apostolates of the First Eight Permanent Communities of Women Religious within the Original Boundaries of the United States, 17901850," published as Highly Respectable and Accomplished Ladies: Catholic Women Religious in America, 1790-1850 (New York, 1988).

Her decades of ministry included elementary school teaching in Antigo and Mercer, Wisconsin; Deer Park, Ohio; and Haymarsh, North Dakota. She also taught at the Menard Junior College in Merrill. As she recounted in the preface to the first of two slim volumes on the history of her congregation, The Living Love of Christ among Us (Merrill, WI, 1998-99), she was attracted by the international missionary scope of the community. When she accepted the assignment to assist with the work on a new constitution at the motherhouse in Ingenbohl, Switzerland, in 1969-70, the need of a modern history of the congregation's work over the preceding century challenged her. …

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