Father Michael Barry, SS.CC.
President, Chairman, & Founder of Mary’s Mercy Center
Fr. Michel Barry was born and raised in Cork, Ireland. A graduate of Queen of Peace Seminary, Fr. Barry was ordained a member of the Congregation of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (SS.CC.) on June 14, 1964. After earning his Master’s of Arts in Theology from Catholic University of America, Fr. Barry spent much of his early years working in education. He held several teaching positions at Catholic schools throughout the country. He is the former Vice-Principal of Bishop Amat and Damien High Schools, and he is the former principal of Mary Star of the Sea Catholic High School in San Pedro. His love of teaching and education helped forge lasting relationships with generations of families throughout Southern California. Many of whom continue to support Mary’s Mercy Center to this day.
A priest and member of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary for more than 50 years, Fr. Barry has served as the provincial for his congregation’s western province in the United States, at which time he was granted the Pro Pontifice et Ecclesia Award by Pope John Paul II. He is the former Director of the Charismatic Renewal Center for the Diocese of San Bernardino. Fr. Barry is a charismatic priest, best known for his healing ministries, especially through Retreats, Healing Masses, Healing The Family Tree, and Spiritual Direction. He feels a special call to the inner healing of the person.
Father Barry is the Founder, President, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Mary’s Mercy Center. His vision for outreach to the Poor and Less Fortunate began 1987 with Mary’s Table. Over time, Fr. Barry grew the ministry to include Veronica’s Home of Mercy and Mary’s Village. Today, Mary’s Mercy Center stands as a living testament to Fr. Barry’s lifelong commitment to the Gospel’s teachings, “Blessed are the Poor.” Mt. 5:3.