Barb Sieminski

Barb Sieminski

Freelance Writer

Barb Sieminski is a freelance writer and photographer who received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art and English from St. Francis College. She edited various college publications and won several national poetry awards. A former associate editor of Our Sunday Visitor’s Young Catholic newspaper, she also wrote a 12-year column, "Of Songprints & Pinewoods" for Today's Catholic (1989-2001) and began writing for the publication again in 2015. Other publications to which she contributes include Florida Catholic, Marian Helpers Bulletin, Seventeen Magazine, Lakes, Silent News, Music Journal, Business People, Hoosier Outdoors, My Daily Visitor, National Lampoon, Saddle Action and The Fort Wayne News Sentinel. Barb served as former Fort Wayne, Ind., Mayor Paul Helmke’s staff writer (1989-93) and was also a riding instructor, Special Olympics horse show director and editor of the Red Cedar NewsRider at Red Cedar and other area barns for 15 years. Fishing, sailing, reading, music and riding are among her passions. A former outdoor columnist and past concert critic for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, she continues teaching music privately and has accompanied Masses at St. Mary and St. Therese Catholic churches over the years, believing that, “The musician has no need of applause if s/he can catch the ear of the Master.”

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Pete Duran: Here I am, Lord

He’s a Levelland, Texas, native but was living in San Antonio, Texas, working as a carpenter in 1967, when Pete Duran’s brother-in-law from Fort Wayne came for a visit. Duran […]

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Loving one another in faith: ICCL Panthers

Sometimes a story comes along that touches the heart and begs to be shared. So it was with Suzanne Letherman, Granger, whose husband, Pete, is a varsity Panther football team […]

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New name of diocesan bookstore revealed

Cathedral Books & Gifts was christened with a more inclusive name on Friday, Nov. 2, during a ribbon-cutting and all-day open house. The store is now called Good Shepherd Books […]

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Diocesan confirmation retreat Sept. 15

Eighth-graders throughout the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend are preparing to meet with Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades at the Sealed by the Spirit diocesan confirmation retreat on Sept. 15 at […]

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Growing with St. Paul of the Cross missions

St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Columbia City starts its members on mission trips relatively young, as evidenced by Stephanie Hamilton, the parish youth minister. “I’ve been a member […]

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Welcoming the faith half a world away

When Kenya native Mercylynn Mbuguah and her family came to America 12 years ago, they experienced something of a culture shock. “Our family won the green card lottery to come […]

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Go forth with faith and hope in God, Bishop Luers grads told

08High school students are beginning to travel life’s various journeys, and those graduating from Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne were asked by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades in his […]

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Twentieth anniversary of Christ Child Society of Fort Wayne

The Fort Wayne chapter of the National Christ Child Society held its annual spring meeting and luncheon May 2 at the Mirro Center, this year with the special focus of […]

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Josephine’s Hope battles the scourge of human trafficking

Huge. The numbers are huge. And sad. Fort Wayne, the “City of Churches,” is trying hard to not also be known as a hub of human trafficking. The underworld economy […]

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Cochrans build a family through love

“Love one another. As I have loved you, so you should love one another” (Jn 13:34). These words have guided the hearts of a Fort Wayne couple throughout their lives, […]

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Livestreamed ASL Mass aids inclusivity

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing ministry of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend strives to facilitate the practice of the Catholic faith by those who may be left out […]

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Servus Omnium to welcome Catholic University provost

If Andrew Abela, Ph.D., could go back and tell his 20-year-old self just one thing, what would it be? “I would tell myself to seek first the kingdom of God,” […]