(1933 - 2015)
It is humble to be given gifts.
We pray they may bring shots of light as they stay with us
And have the urgency of the gentle Spirit
- From Barb’s poetic reflection at the beginning of INAI Studio, June 2, 1973
Sister Barbara Chenicek, known to family and friends as Barb, was born on April 7, 1933, in Chicago. She was the first child born to George and Patricia (Pazour) Chenicek. Her brother Don was born three years later. Of her parents, Sister Barb wrote:
My father was brought up in a completely non-Catholic atmosphere. His side of the family has no religious of any kind. He became a Catholic when he married my mother. My mom was raised in a small South Dakota town where the people had never seen a sister and the only priest they ever came in contact with was the aging pastor whom they saw at Sunday Mass.
Sister Barb attended St. Philip Neri for grade school and then Aquinas High School. Choosing the school she would attend was always difficult for her parents because one or the other would insist on her attending a public school. Sister Barb found it remarkable that she had been able to complete twelve years in Catholic Schools.
Read more about Sister Barb Chenicek (pdf).
Click here to view "A work of art: Adrian Dominican Sisters lose a dear friend" written by Lonnie Huhman for The Daily Telegram.
Thank you Barb for your light and presence in my life, I have been enriched by knowing and working with you.
While I cannot be physically present for Barbara’s Vigil and Funeral, my thoughts and prayers will be with her family and Sisters. I know that our faith consoles us and helps us comprehend and appreciate that Barbara lives on in her transcendent life. We who are left behind experience the deep abiding loss of her departure. I have been befriended by Barbara for 50 years and this has been a priceless gift. The suddenness with which she left us calls all of us to reflect on how temporary our sojourn on earth can be. Remembering her and her family and Sisters in prayer.
I loved Barbara. We shared the deepest thoughts about life and love! She must be thrilled to be able to get everyone to work together to create a tapestry for God.
The lives of so many were impacted by Sister Barbara when she designed our church with Sister Rita. She was an amazing Sister and loved by all who knew her. She will be missed!
I have so many happy memories of Barb when she and Rita designed and saw to completion our Dominican Chapel of the Plains in Great Bend, KS.Barb was a woman, living and creating with a fierce dedication to Truth, however that was to be expressed.
Our Adrian Dominican cemetery with its circular headstones is a beautiful place of rest for women who gave their lives in service to God—and a peaceful place for contemplation and remembrance.
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We invite you to meet some of the wonderful women who have recently crossed into eternity.