The Founders Leadership Award honors a person or persons specially connected to DePaul Cristo Rey whose leadership demonstrates the inspiring qualities of St. Vincent de Paul, the school’s namesake, and the school’s founders, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Those qualities are service, charity and a passion for the mission.
S. Barbara was president of the Sisters of Charity when the congregation took the leap to open and sponsor a brand new high school. S. Catherine Kirby led the feasibility study which earned approval from the Cristo Rey Network for DPCR to open as well as gained initial local support for the school. She oversaw the task force work of more than 60 volunteers who researched, explored, discussed and planned the school. After DPCR opened in 2011, both women served six years on the Board of Directors.
S. Barbara (left) and S. Catherine (right) are pictured with DPCR President S. Jeanne Bessette.