Celebrating the Life of Mary Barry-van Winkle- August 30, 2014
August 6, 2014
It was with great sadness that we learned of Mary Barry’s passing away on September 2, 2013. Friends, family, and colleagues will join together on Saturday, August 30, 2014 to celebrate Mary’s remarkable spirit of kindness and compassion.
A passionate champion for the rights of children, Mary served as program supervisor for the Daughters of Charity at Mt. Saint Joseph-St. Elizabeth (now called Epiphany Center) from 1983-2000. Born on December 30, 1958 and raised in Somerville/Medford, Massachusetts, she graduated from Country Day School of the Sacred Heart and later received her BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her MA in Marriage and Family Counseling from San Francisco State University.
Mary was a great fixer of broken relationships, and her life’s work was to heal the brokenhearted. “Mary Barry loved her job, and no one could have been more devoted to her young women. She brought passion, discipline, a great sense of humor, and beautiful honesty to her work and friendships,” says her former colleague Mary Burke, M.D. “Even when she moved away from the Mount in 2000, Mary remained close with so many.”
A shining example of Epiphany Center’s values, Mary approached each child she met with love, authenticity, and respect. She created an organized, warm, and safe home for them in which to heal, grow, and flourish. Thousands of girls who had chaotic and challenging lives found their voices, faced hard facts, and ultimately gained strength as women because Mary was part of their journey. Her life and work will continue to inspire all who come to Epiphany Center.