Sisters Barbara Hagel and Jeanette DeYoung are Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose in Fremont, California. They are also gardeners, beekeepers, and educators whose work exemplifies the Dominican Sisters’ leadership in caring for creation. The Dominican campus is home to a 5,000 square foot vegetable garden, a community garden, fruit trees, olive trees dating to the early 1800s, a meadow, and over 1 million honeybees. It’s a place of beauty and education, where the local community gathers with the sisters to learn about and model sustainable living.
Sister Barbara Hagel, OP, was born and raised in Oregon with nine siblings. After joining the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, she served as a teacher for 12 years and a school principal for 25 years. Her deep love of nature and the outdoors then led her to Genesis Farm in New Jersey, where she took part in an extensive program to become certified in Eco-Spirituality and Care of Creation. Sister Barbara is now the Sustainability Coordinator for the Dominican Sisters. She has master’s degrees in Science Education and in Private School Administration.
Sister Jeanette DeYoung, OP, grew up in Southern California with three siblings. After working as a registered nurse in a hospital for a few years, she joined the Dominicans and served for 25 years as director of the Dominicans’ care facility. She has also served as a teacher and vice-principal, and recently as a nurse for people experiencing homelessness and domestic violence. Sister Jeanette now assists with a variety of Care of Creation projects for the Dominican Sisters. She has a degree in Nursing and a BA in Natural Science.