Barbara Schwarz, a Dominican Sister of Amityville, believes that it is through the arts one can KNOW the depths of one's heart. Her art is passionate and vibrant with color. Creativity and integration marks her preaching. Her art is prolific in form and style -- from clay and wood, to paint, mandalas, strappo, and graphics on the computer. Her "Jesus and the Bent over Woman" was published on the Global Sisters Report Site , Redemportist Publications in the UK and elsewhere.
Dominican Collaborative video of Phylliss Chappell, MD (Houston Associate) and Barbara Schwarz OP shown at the 2021 International Healthcare communications conference. It is entitled "Wish of a Young Failing Heart: Compassionate Listening in Palliative Care"on Healing and Wholeness and 2022 Conference on Medicine and Religion.
Barbara has an MA in Scripture from Providence College and a certificate from Salve Regina's Institute for Healing through the Expressive Arts. She has given retreats and days of prayer. She was the artist articulator for the first Federation Convocation. She receive the DIA Spirit recognition at Mission San Jose.
"Barbara Schwarz uses the many gifts she has been given. She does this clearly, freely and liberally, sharing vision of art that recognizes the power of art to preach the gospel, comfort those in need and encourage us to be the best we can be. It is a joy for me to present the Fra Angelico award of the Dominican Institute for the Arts to a member whose hear is truly "Art a fire", our Sister Barbara Schwarz OP."
wordop.org. She is a former President and Vice President of the Board of DIA. She does a monthly preaching at word.op.org. She has been a regular presenter at the Dominican Youth Preaching Conferences. Her videos and other works also appear on the Dominican Charism Initiative Site. She also spoke to DSC on her covid experience.
Her art is prolific in form and style -- from clay and wood, poetry, paint, mandalas, reflection booklets, strappo, and computer graphics. She also does retreats through the arts. Her Dominican Charism Videos and history videos are on https://www.youtube.com/heritageamityvilleop