Treatment at The Barry Robinson Center encompasses the whole child – mind, body and soul. We’re an organization rooted in Catholic values, and we offer voluntary opportunities for all residents to explore issues of faith, ethics and morality, regardless of religious affiliation.
Sister Emily Faubion, IHM, has served as our full-time spiritual life coordinator for several years. Prior to joining us, she taught school for 20 years. Her considerable experience working with youth and their parents makes her a valuable resource for our residents, their families and our staff.
Our spiritual life program is an integral part of campus life. Sister Emily leads weekly Faith Club groups in the dorms for residents. Age-appropriate discussion topics range from virtues such as patience, kindness and compassion, to spiritual questions and mindfulness exercises. She also helps residents in our older adolescent program plan and lead Informal weekly prayer services on Sunday evenings.
Besides group work and facilitating a sense of community on campus, Sister Emily also consults one-on-one with residents and families, by request. In her role, she can offer spiritual care, support and strength for them on their treatment journey.
Our campus chapel, built in 1954, is a haven for spirituality. Residents and staff often find comfort within its walls. The chapel has been the setting for many prayer services, special programs for religious holidays, and several community Masses during the year. We welcome religious leaders from all faiths to visit campus and share their traditions with us and our residents.
Religious services are always optional. Regardless of a child’s faith, we believe in sharing the Judeo-Christian values of forgiveness, gratitude and compassion. We seek to give all children a sense of hope for the future and to show them that they are valuable, that their lives have purpose, and that they are loved.