U.S. Leadership

Each province in the congregation of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is led by a Provincial Superior, assisted by a Vice Provincial, Provincial Secretary, Provincial Treasurer, and a team of Councilors. Get to know our current and past leadership.

In Clelia’s Footsteps — The U.S. Provincial Leadership

Provincial Superior, Sr. Barbara Thomas

Provincial Superior, Sr. Barbara Thomas

A Connecticut native, Sr. Barbara Thomas grew up in the greater New Haven area. She entered the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus after graduating from Sacred Heart Academy in 1971 and professed her perpetual vows as a sister in 1979.

Sr. Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Albertus Magnus College and a master of arts in liberal studies in mathematics from Wesleyan University. She began her ministry in education by teaching math and science at the elementary level. She later went on to teach at Catholic high schools across the country, including Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis and her alma mater, Sacred Heart Academy.

While ministering in St. Louis, Sr. Barbara went on to earn a master of arts in educational administration from St. Louis University and transitioned into the ministry of educational administration, serving as principal of schools in St. Louis and locally at St. Rita School in Hamden from 2004 –2007. 

In 2007, Sr. Barbara returned to Cor Jesu Academy as the school’s first-ever president. During her 12-year tenure in that role, Sr. Barbara led extraordinary expansion efforts that doubled the size of the school’s campus. She also spearheaded a successful $10 million dollar capital campaign.

Sr. Barbara was appointed provincial superior of the United States Province of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in July of 2019.

Provincial Council

Provincial Council

The current provincial council was installed July 14, 2019. Pictured from left are Sr. Diane Mastroianni, Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, Sr. Barbara Thomas, Sr. Mary Lee, Sr. Angela Gertsema, and Sr. Sharon Kalert.

Past Provincial Superiors

Each province within the congregation is guided by a provincial superior. These devoted women have followed in the footsteps of Blessed Clelia Merloni as past leaders of the U.S. Province.

M. Marcelline Vigano

M. Celestine Rigo
1919–1934 & 1937–1951

M. Hildegarde Campodonico
1934–1937

M. Rosina Dassi
1951–1960

M. Rosalia Sosso
1960–1968

M. Anita Marie Giampetro
1968–1977

Sr. Maria Consilia Mantello
1977–1986

Sr. Adrianne DiLonardo
1986–1995

Sr. Deborah Lopez
1995–2001

Sr. M. Clare Millea
2001–2004

Sr. Maureen Martin
2004–2013

Sr. Anne T. Walsh
2013–2016

Sr. Ritamary Schulz
2016–2019