Creation Care

Walking Together for the Planet

By Sister Sara Dwyer, ASC

For the second year in a row, Christians around the world are praying and acting on behalf of the planet to mark the Season of Creation, Sept. 1 to Oct. 4. The bookend days are the Day of Prayer for Creation and the feast of St. Francis. This year’s theme is “walking together.”

My community of Sisters, the U.S. Adorers, have been “walking together” in resistance and celebration for years, especially since the publication of our Land Ethic in 2005.

For several years now, we have been resisting the Atlantic Sunrise fracked gas pipeline being laid underneath our own farm property in Lancaster County,

Adorers Commit to Green Energy

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ take seriously our beliefs cited in our Land Ethic, which include honoring the sacredness of all creation and reverencing Earth as a sanctuary where all life is protected.

As an international community of religious women, we have witnessed to this Land Ethic by hosting an Earth Summit in Ruma, Illinois; resisting gold mining in Guatemala; and for the past three years, by standing in resistance to the plans of Transco/Williams’ to install and operate a massive fracked gas export pipeline on the very land we hold sacred in Lancaster County,

Adorers to Announce Supreme Court Appeal & Solar Farm Dream at Press Conference

Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 @ 9 a.m.
Outdoor Chapel at 3939 Laurel Run
Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512

After three years of resistance to keep a climate-warming, fracked-gas pipeline off their land in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ are entering an exciting new phase of their spirited struggle to affirm the sacredness of Creation.

Their plan is twofold: (1) to advance their legal challenge against the power of the gas industry; and, (2) to pursue a dream of offering an alternative to climate-warming fossil fuels.

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.

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,