Sacred Heart Brother Lee Barker, a native of Thibodaux who served for 73 years in religious life, died March 25 in Mobile, Alabama. He was 92 years old.
Brother Lee, the son of Dr. Charles and Aline Coulon Barker, entered the formation program for the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in 1945, at Metuchen, New Jersey, and professed first vows in 1947. He professed final vows in 1953 at the Brothers’ chapel at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
During his years in ministry, including many at Brother Martin High School, Brother Lee served as teacher, coach, junior master, principal, provincial councilor, provincial, vocation director, local religious superior, director of residency and guidance counselor.
He ministered to young people in the Bronx, New York; Alexandria, Louisiana; Metuchen, New Jersey; Daphne, Alabama; New Orleans; Bay St. Louis, and, since 1998, in Mobile.
One of his trademarks was the gift of magic, which he displayed for students daily as a way of keeping their interest. He wore a pack on his waist that contained cards and other items for the tricks he would perform.
He also was a skilled water ski instructor and discernment facilitator, and he was known throughout the province for his leadership, prayerfulness, warm smile and southern charm.
Brother Lee was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Barker, and his sister, Pamela Barker Dupont.
Funeral services for Brother Lee will be postponed until such time as the pandemic has passed. Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, is in charge of the arrangements.