Remembering Edwarda Barry, RSM, Ph.D.

 A legacy of love, kindness, and generosity

Sister Edwarda TodaySister Edwarda will always be remembered with love for her kind heart and affection for all. She entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1942 and led a life of service and ministry as a teacher, college professor, administrator, and community leader. In her many works of mission, she pursued the causes of social service, peace, spiritual development, and social justice.

Sister Edwarda’s personal motto was “O God, you are all-powerful, make me holy.” It was a mission she held dear and remained devoted to all of her life.

She leaves a lasting legacy here at Georgian Court, where she touched the hearts of all of us, serving in many roles, including the first chair of the Sociology Department, our first mission officer, university trustee, and most recently, as our university historian.

We will forever remember her smile, her acts of kindness, her words of wisdom, and her generous heart. Sister Edwarda wrote a first-person piece, “Reflections of 70 Years of Mercy,” for the GCU magazine last fall (pages 12-13), which may be viewed at

We invite members of the GCU community to express their fondest memories, which will be shared at a campus memorial this fall. You may share your memories via the comment form below or post them to this page.

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Remembering S. Edwarda