Children

#ThowbackThursday: Richie pays a visit

By ASC Sisters Janet Sue Smith and Rose Therese Bahr

In April, a young man, Richard Nesbitt, came to our Wichita Center to install a handicapped door. When he had finished, he said he and his siblings had lived briefly with the Sisters in Wichita when our community ran an emergency child care program.

Sr. Terrie Ann Lewis started the program in 1972 after learning of the need in Wichita, and all of the sisters bought in to her dream. We served 1,700 children – about 150 a year – over the program’s 10-year life.

Auto Worker, Ship Builder, and Quilt Maker

By Sr. Olivia Woltering, ASC

Recently I began reading the annals of the Catholic Children’s Home in Alton, Ill., where many Adorers, including myself, ministered in various capacities and lengths of time over the years. Adorers began caring for orphans in 1879 in Piopolis, Ill. At that time, the southernmost part of Illinois was the Alton Diocese with Right Rev. Peter Joseph Baltes the bishop. He was concerned about and encouraged care for the parentless children of the diocese.

Cecilia Gerber came from Germany in 1876, at the age of 24, to become an Adorer.

Tiny Sr. DeeDee: Little Girl with Big Plans

A little girl with big plans for her life can’t wait to join the Adorers’ Junior Associates, a group of 28 young people that Sr. Cecilia Hellmann helped create three years ago. She is also determined to become an Adorer, and who knows what else. She is thinking about asking Pope Francis why women can’t be bishops or a pope.

Diana “DeeDee” Barragan, who recently turned nine, is the daughter of Adorer Associate Lucia Barragan, who works with Sr. Cecilia in Hispanic ministry in the Belleville, Ill., diocese, and Adorer Associate candidate Eduardo Barragan. Her two older brothers,