Sister Barbara J. Joseph, O.S.F., 74, of Tampa, Florida, passed away March 7, 2020. She was born in Warren, Ohio to parents William and Helen Marie Craig Joseph. Sister Barbara entered the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY, on August 13, 1989, was received into the Congregation on August 11, 1990, and professed her final religious vows on September 19,1998. For 31 years, Sister Barbara lived her commitment to Franciscan values through her ministry and life in community. Barbara attended grammar and high schools in Warren, Ohio, and Youngstown University, majoring in elementary education. While she was a Postulant, Barbara worked as a bookkeeper for the Archdiocese of New York. After her Novitiate, she ministered at St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia, then did retreat ministry at the Franciscan Center in Tampa and social ministry at Daystar in St. Petersburg and in Gulfport, FL. Sister Barbara was a talented writer and took some time to devote to her writing. She was the editor of Allegany Connections and did editorial work for the booklets published by Allegany Art. While living at St. Elizabeth Convent in Tampa, Barbara volunteered at Metropolitan Ministries until her health kept her from continuing to serve those who are poor for whom she had a special place in her heart. Sister Barbara was predeceased by her parents; brothers, William and David; and sister, Helen Hess. She is survived by her brother Paul and several nieces and nephews.
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