Hundreds Gather to Remember Sister Adrian Barrett

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SCRANTON -- Hundreds are remembering a nun, well-known for a lifetime of helping the less fortunate.

A viewing for Sister Adrian Barrett was held Wednesday evening on the campus of Marywood University in Lackawanna County.

Young and old, those who met her just once, and those who knew her for years--hundreds had gathered to pay their respects.

A shuttle bus system was even set up to drive people in from downtown Scranton.

They all gathered for one last goodbye and a thank you for the legacy Sr. Adrian leaves behind. It's one full of accolades for helping the poor and giving to this community over the 86 years of her life.

"Everybody loved her. Well you couldn't help, she was a wonderful, wonderful person," said Betty Flannery.

Sister Adrian led the organization Friends of the Poor and was well known for her annual Thanksgiving dinner that now feeds almost 1,000 people each year.

There were awards on display at her viewing to show all the recognition she received for her work.

"If you really look at the faces of the people that are involved with her, I think that's really where you see the reward that she really was the best for her, that happiness in the people's faces, just being a part of what she was doing."

While Sister Adrian will always be a beloved nun from Scranton, her helping hand may have had a far greater reach.

"My brother dated a girl from Ireland and I got an email from her earlier in the year, essentially saying that the documentary that was done on Sister Adrian was playing in the movie theater over in Galway. So I mean she has an impact that goes far beyond Scranton," said her grand-nephew Drew Breuninger.

The spirited Sister Adrian Barrett, beloved nun from Scranton, can probably be best described as a teacher to all those who gathered to say goodbye, teaching the simplest but often the hardest lessons to learn: to love, to give, and to respect.

"Every moment of her life--see I'm just filled up--was just a gift of herself to so many people," said Sister Ellen Maroni, IHM.

The funeral Mass for Sister Adrian will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Church on Penn Avenue in Scranton's Green Ridge section.