Neumann University recently presented its annual Spirit of Frances and Clare of Assisi Award to West Chester resident Kevin Barr at a virtual ceremony.
The award recognizes a graduate whose demonstrated commitment to the Catholic Franciscan tradition and values has made a significant impact in support of people who are poor or underserved.
Barr is the Director of Development and Parish Outreach at The Communities of Don Guanella and Divine Providence, organizations that serve women and men with intellectual disabilities. He left the business world 20 years ago and, ever since, has worked for Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia.
He cites the Franciscan religious studies courses at Neumann as the impetus for him to pursue a life of service. Part of the university’s mission statement is that “Knowledge, while valuable in itself, is best used in service of others.”
In addition to his work at Don Guanella and Divine Providence, he has been an advocate for the poor and vulnerable in Chester County and a voice for homeless men in Philadelphia. He has also served as an adjunct instructor in religious studies at Neumann University and has made presentations at other local universities and retreat centers.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Neumann University, an MBA from Penn State, and a graduate degree in religious studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.