Dominican Sister Barbara Hubbard dies at 87

ADRIAN, MICHIGAN—Dominican Sister Barbara Hubbard, formerly known as Sister Alice Josepha Hubbard, died on May 18, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center. She was 87, and in the 67th year with the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Catherine Chapel on May 23, with burial in the congregation cemetery.

Sister Barbara was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, to Joseph and Margaret “Graffy” Hubbard. She graduated from St. Mary Catholic School in Royal Oak, Michigan. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (now University) in Adrian, and a master’s degree from the University of Detroit (now Detroit-Mercy) in Detroit.

Sister Barbara worked in the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., for more than 10 years, serving as co-director of Sea of Peace House of Prayer on Edisto Island.

She also served in elementary, secondary and adult education for 26 years in St. Joseph and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; St. Charles, Illinois; Winslow, Arizona; Belmont, California; and Dedza, Malawi, East Africa, where she taught at Mtendere Secondary School for four years. This includes five years at Mt. St. Mary Academy, an institution of the Adrian Dominican Sisters in St. Charles.

Sister Barbara also spent 26½ years in retreat and pastoral ministry in Troy, Michigan; Los Altos, California, and Edisto Island; and 1½ years as a member of the formation team at St. Mary Leadership Center in Kabwe, Zambia, Central Africa. She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2006.

Sister Barbara is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Giffels of Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI 49221.