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Navajo Key to Life: Kinship

By Sisters Maureen Farrar and Michelle Woodruff, ASC

As the world marks Indigenous People Day (August 9), we in Crownpoint, New Mexico, celebrate what we have come to know over decades as the best of the Navajo people and character.

Crownpoint, in northwest New Mexico, is on the Trail of the Ancients, where prehistoric archaeological and geological sites bear witness to the ancient Puebloan, Navajo, Ute and Apache people who called this part of the West their home. It’s also on the Navajo reservation.

We Adorers are relative newcomers, the first of us arriving in Crownpoint in August 1982.

Helping God Answer Prayers of Human Trafficking Victims

By Sister Kate Reid, ASC

The World Day Against Trafficking on Monday has passed, but trafficking knows no calendar, and the need for vigilance continues. These days, I’m thinking a lot about clients I helped climb out of the human hell of trafficking.

This summer, I retired after 15 years of the most gratifying ministry I’ve ever had. I worked for the Immigration Law Program of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri in St. Louis, which provides free legal representation for poor people. I represented hundreds of immigrants who needed help applying for immigration benefits.

Appeals Court Sides with Fossil Fuel Industry

Today, a panel of the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals  decided to side with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the fossil fuel industry over the religious freedoms of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. 

The Adorers are a religious order of Roman Catholic Sisters who seek to exercise their religion faithfully and consistent with their deeply held religious beliefs.

In 2005, the Adorers adopted a Land Use Ethic recognizing the earth as sacred. They are committed as part of their religious belief and practice to use the land they own in a manner that does not harm the earth and recognizes the sanctify of life in the earth’s current and future inhabitants.

Sister Mary-Evelyn Di Pietro Dies at 97

Sister Mary Evelyn Di Pietro, ASC, died Monday, July 23, 2018, in Columbia, Pennsylvania. She was 97 and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 74 years.

Beatrice Evelyn Di Pietro was born, along with her twin brother, Philip, on July 4, 1921 in Belmont, Massachusetts. They were the third and fourth of 10 children of Italian immigrants Ciriaco and Evelina (Cancellieri) Di Pietro.

She came to know the Adorers through her aunt, Sister Maria Cancellieri, ASC, who entered the community in Rome before migrating to the U.S.

Sowing Seeds of God’s Love

By Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC

Summer is a reminder of how creation applies to our lives.

Like other gardeners, I plant seeds and wait, fairly sure that something will grow, but not certain how it will work out.

Sometimes, as a seedling sprouts, I realize that the marigolds I expected turn out to be tomatoes. The milkweed seeds that I really wanted to grow, that I planted in a particular pot and took great care of died out, while the one seed that planted itself in with the basil is growing just fine on its own.

Adorers Elect New Leadership Team

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ have elected a new five-member U.S. Regional Leadership Team, who will assume office for a six-year term in early October 2018.

The Adorers elected the Leadership Team at their annual assembly in late June. They elected as U.S. Leader, Sister Vicki Bergkamp, ASC, a long-time professor of business at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas.

An Adorer for 49 years, Sister Vicki Bergkamp has worked primarily in higher education or as the community’s treasurer. She also served the international community of Adorers as delegate to several General Assemblies and on various international committees.

Adorers Mark 1-Year Anniversary of Chapel and Lawsuit

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region, an order of Catholic sisters with regional offices in St. Louis, will mark the one-year anniversary of the dedication of a cornfield chapel that symbolizes their opposition to construction of a natural gas pipeline on their property in Pennsylvania.

Last year, the Adorers agreed to a request from the grassroots coalition, Lancaster Against Pipelines, to install and use the handcrafted, portable prayer chapel on their land, in hopes of drawing people of all faiths to prayer and reflection about just and holy uses of land.

A prayer service and reflection starting at 2 p.m.

Good, Goodness, and Grace

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

Two small and little-known organizations in St. Louis have given me pause to reflect on how good grows from goodness. 

The Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Program, housed in an Episcopal church’s parish hall basement, provides English teachers for immigrant and refugee women as they learn to navigate American culture and the English language.

The women who staff the program are competent, compassionate, caring, and concerned about their students and teachers.  Each teacher is matched with a student and provided with the trademark teacher’s bag full of notebooks,

Adorers on New U.S. Policy on Family Separation

We, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region, have been appalled, dismayed and disheartened by our government’s new policy of separating undocumented adults and their children at our southwestern border.

The images and audio are alarming: a nursing child taken from its motherchildren at set-up shelters and tent cities wailing for their parents and unable to be comforted, a toddler calling for his “papa.” Pediatricians and child psychologists cite research that shows that a parent alone is the stability, that even under the discomfort of confinement, can stave off the stress hormones that would damage a child’s developing brain.

Trini-Trees, like the Trinity, Are a Mystery

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

It’s possible that I descended from the Germanic tree-worshipping druids. How else can I explain why trees captivate me?

During a retreat at the Adorers’ motherhouse in Ruma, Illinois, shortly after the Feast of the Holy Trinity, I discovered trees with three trunks that have graced our grounds for years, but that I just noticed. Big trees, medium-sized trees and saplings, these “trini-trees” were hiding in plain sight, waiting for me to notice their tri-trunks growing into branches.