"Sister Barbara Whelan, Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, taught school for nearly half a century.... before retiring three years ago at age 70.
Although many relish retirement, Sister Barbara found that there was more for her to do.
“I just believed at that time that I felt like I had to take time to make room in my life and heart for something new,” she said. “The hallway was very dark. I didn’t know where it was going to take me, but I also knew that I still had energy and I just had to step out and create another dream.”
Soon after her retirement, Sister Barbara began working at Lancaster Medical, located on Transit Road inLancaster, and finding a new way to direct her energy.
“I am meeting the patients and doing their vitals and preparing them for office visits,” she said. “It’s definitely out of my comfort zone.”
Sister Barbara finds her new line of work to be rewarding in many ways. When asked by patients why her work is not in a church setting, she responds that St. Francis preached the gospel wherever he was. She also finds that patients come into the office in varying states, sometimes facing major challenges in their lives. Working with such a variety of people has taught her a great deal about compassion and how each person’s life is capable of touching another’s."