Our Co-Founders

Barry has dedicated his life to public service and educational equality.  After a career in government service, Barry became a teacher in New York’s lower eastside where he taught for eight years.  He returned to Boston to establish the Nativity Preparatory School, an accredited, tuition-free, Jesuit middle school serving boys of all faiths from low-income families residing in Boston.  The model he established there served as the inspiration for 50 additional Nativity Schools across the nation as well as the Paraclete Academy.  After co-founding Paraclete with Sister Ann, he spearheaded the creation of the New Bedford Nativity School and the Covenant School of Hartford.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Barry is a recipient of the Ignatian Alumnus Award from Boston College High School, the Dana Greeley Prize for Peace and Justice, and the Reverend Ray Callahan Service Award.  After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Barry was elected to the Boston City Council and served as its President in 1967. He also held the position of City Clerk of Boston for many years. Barry is the son of a former Boston Mayor, John Hynes.

Barry T. Hynes

Sister Ann Fox

Sister Ann is a lifelong activist and advocate for the disadvantaged, underserved and at-risk individuals of the world. She co-founded the Paraclete Foundation in South Boston in 1998 to provide educational enrichment opportunities to South Boston youth.

Additionally, Sister Ann is the founder of the Maranyundo School for Girls in Nyamata, Rwanda. The Maranyundo School opened its doors in 2008 in a rural, underserved area of Rwanda with few secondary educational opportunities for girls. The goal of the school was not only to educate girls of the area beyond primary school but to strive for excellence and create a new generation of female leaders.

Prior to founding the Paraclete Foundation, Sister Ann was the Director of the South Boston Neighborhood House. In the early 1970's, Sister Ann created one of the earliest education training programs for welfare mothers in the Bromley Heath housing development.  Early in her career, she worked as a social worker in New York City and Baltimore.

Sister Ann is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Fordham University School of Social Work. She was consecrated in 1974 by Humberto Cardinal Medeiros for the Archdiocese of Boston.

She is a founding member of the Women Waging Peace initiative. The Institute for Inclusive Security has included her in its Directory of Women Peace Experts.