Mathias Barrett of Albuquerque (1900-1990)

Br. Robert Lentz, OFM

Artist's Narrative:
Brother Mathias Barrett was born in Ireland, but he spent most of his life in North America. He was a simple man who loved the poor and who founded the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd. Originally his order worked only with homeless men, but in time it expanded its apostolate to include homeless women, alcoholics, the elderly, and the mentally and physically handicapped. His early years were painful and left him burdened with an abrasive personality. In his last years he labored to make peace with those he had offended. "People say I am cracked," he would admit, "but light shines through the cracks."


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