Creation Care

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.

Earth Deserves Good People

St. Louis University students and Sister Regina, wearing a sweatshirt saying “Never underestimate an
old woman who graduated from St. Louis University.”

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

My St. Louis neighborhood block held its annual alley cleanup on Earth Day weekend, a fitting time to care for our small plot on the planet. Before we began, I stood on the sidewalk talking to my African-American neighbor.

A guy on a bike sped by and yelled an ugly, racial epithet, loudly enough to be unmistakable. For good measure,

Earth Day & Precious Water

By Sister Jane Gegg, ASC

Were you around for the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, the brainchild of the late Senator and environmentalist Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin?

Thinking back on that time, I recall that Rachel Carson’s 1962 groundbreaking work, “Silent Spring,” which documented pesticide use and other harms to the Earth, was fresh in our memory.

Months after the first Earth Day celebration in April 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency was established by order of President Nixon.

The Adorers helped sponsor a well for a family in Vietnam.

Palm Sunday Service to Mark Adorers’ Struggle to Protect Land

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region, who are embroiled in a federal lawsuit over the exercise of their right to religious freedom, will hold a Palm Sunday prayer service at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25 at their cornfield chapel in Columbia, Pennsylvania.

The Adorers, who live by a multi-principled Land Ethic, which they adopted in 2005, invite others to join them as they publicly witness to the sacredness of the land.

The Palm Sunday commemoration will be held at the cornfield chapel that was erected last summer and represents a symbolic and sacred space in the Adorers’ struggle to protect their religious freedoms.

‘A Light on the Hill’: The Adorers’ Statement in Religious Freedom Case

 

(On Jan. 19, 2018, our attorney, Dwight Yoder, argued before a three-judge panel in the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia in our religious freedom lawsuit against Williams/Transco Pipeline and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This is a David versus Goliath moment, for sure, but we trust the court will take a good look at our case and see that our slingshot, the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, prohibits government intrusion into our free exercise of religion.)

PHILADELPHIA _ If anyone thinks sisters live quiet, uneventful lives, they have not met the Adorers of the Blood of Christ or heard about our resistance to the forced placement of a 42-inch high-pressure fracked gas pipeline on our farmland in Lancaster County,

U.S. Court of Appeals Panel Will Hear Oral Arguments in Religious Freedom Case the Adorers Filed Against Pipeline Company and FERC

Lawyers for the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region, a congregation of Catholic Sisters, will argue their case at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, before a three-judge panel in the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, in a religious freedom lawsuit they have filed against Williams/Transco Pipeline and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

The pipeline company is using eminent domain to force a fossil fuel pipeline through farmland the Sisters own in rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The Adorers have a deep and longstanding commitment to safeguard the sanctity of the Earth. They actively seek to reduce reliance on climate-destroying fossil fuels,

Press Release: Halted Construction on the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

 

The Adorers are extremely pleased that the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit temporarily halted all construction activity by Transco on the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline effective immediately. The Order was a preliminary response to the Emergency Motion for Stay filed by the Allegheny Defense Project and other organizations, including Lancaster Against Pipelines, concerned that FERC improperly evaluated the environmental impacts of the Pipeline. The D.C. Circuit Court’s Order stayed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order approving the Pipeline to allow the Court time to consider the Emergency Motion. The Adorers hope that a permanent stay will be entered because environmental science confirms the development of this massive fossil fuel pipeline will only accelerate global warming and harm God’s sacred earth.

Reaction to Judge’s Decision in Pipeline Case

 

The Adorers are disappointed with the recent decision of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania allowing Transco to take immediate possession of their property, even though Transco has not yet obtained all of the permits and approvals that it requires to commence construction of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline.

The Adorers continue to pursue their independent claim that the use of their property for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline would violate their right to religious exercise as protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

 

A “Beautiful Order” Happens When We Respect Creation

Sister Janet McCann, ASC delivered this reflection on Sunday, July 9, at the dedication of the Lancaster Against Pipelines ‘chapel’ on Adorers of the Blood of Christ land in Columbia, Pennsylvania, under which a gas pipeline will be built.
Sister Janet McCann, ASC

In the name of the United States Region of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, I thank you for gracing our farmland with your presence here today.

The sisters and I at DeMattias Residence were talking about this reflection at dinner yesterday.

Each of Us Can Do Something to Avert Climate Change

 

By Sister JoAnn Mark, ASC

Sister JoAnn is executive director of the Partnership for Global Justice, a coalition of individuals and groups that educate and advocate for justice, oppressed people and Earth.  

It’s been nearly a month since President Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, which is so important for the life of all of us and of future generations.

The agreement represents the first time in our lifetime that nearly every nation has offered a voluntary plan to help save the planet by cutting carbon and methane emissions.