Benedictine Sr. Barbara McCracken is a longtime member of Mount St. Scholastica of Atchison, Kan. Her ministry has been primarily in Kansas City. Currently she is an associate director of Keeler Women's Center which provides programs and services for inner-city women. Her past ministries include peace and justice consultant for the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, a staff member of Shalom Catholic Worker House, providing hospitality to homeless men, and doing justice and nonviolence education in parishes.

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Something I can do

I have been interested in doing some kind of jail ministry for many years. The women I have met in detention are often as honest and serious about their faith as those I’ve met anywhere. Their struggles are right up front, staring them in the face. Most do not hesitate long to talk about them.