Sr. Darlene was born in Ohio and raised in Augusta, Georgia. She is one of six children. She grew up in a strong Catholic family. One of the things she and her older siblings and cousins did regularly would be to “play Mass.” She and her eldest sister would be nuns and her brother and male cousins would be priests. Her parents and maternal grandparents always spoke about the goodness of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. They planted the seed of desire to serve God as a religious sister.
Sister graduated in 1984 from Augusta College (now known as Augusta University) with an Associate Degree in Nursing. She worked as an Oncology nurse at the former St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta from 1984-1986. She continued her Oncology nursing at Augusta Oncology Associates until she entered Glenmary in August 2002.
During her early formation with the sisters, she spent time in the Menifee County, Todd County, and Livingston County missions.
In June of 2005, after making her First Profession of Vows, she and Sr. Catherine Schoenborn were sent to open the mission in Pemiscot County, Missouri. Sister made her Final Profession on June 7, 2008. Sister has served the Community as Formation Director, 1st Councilor, and Community Secretary.
Sister served in Pemiscot County until she was elected Mother Superior in May of 2017. She finds much joy in serving her Sisters and the mission needs.