International

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.

Transformation and Our Work in Guatemala

By Sister Kris Schrader, ASC

In Guatemala, having your own stylized signature is important. All documents, logs of meetings, school registration and bank transactions require a signature. Women who have not been able to attend school often use a simple X and have someone print their name alongside it or simply ink their thumbprint.

The Adorers’ Maria De Mattias Library & Resource Center is working with small groups of women with extremely limited literacy skills who are mothers of our first-year, junior high school students. One of the goals is to help each woman learn to sign her name.

Today, We Return to Liberia

Put it in the history books. Today we return to Liberia.

After a lapse of 25 years, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ officially reinstate our mission in the west African country.

Sister Therese Wetta from Wichita, Kan., and Sister Zita Resch from Schaan in Liechtenstein will arrive in the capital of Monrovia tonight. They will start a new adventure in a place from which we were torn so brutally a quarter of a century ago.

Invited in the 1970s by a persistent missionary priest, a handful of Adorers traveled to Liberia to staff schools,

Hopes for New School Year Adventures in Guatemala

By Sister Kris Schrader, ASC

(Sister Kris Schrader has had a long-time ministry in Guatemala, where she does teacher formation, school development projects and programs that promote women.)

We’ve just begun the school year in Guatemala, and at the Adorers’ Maria De Mattias Institute, our 16 teachers and staff got things started with a lunch and in-service.

My sister Kitty sent me 16 cowboy hats she had purchased at the dollar store in hopes that we could use them somehow. We did!

We used the hats at our first in-service,

Advent: A New Season

This Advent we’ll be sharing stories from Adorers who are on a pilgrimage of sorts. We invite you to journey with us these four weeks and reflect on where you’ve been this past year and where God might be leading you.

By Sister Kris Schrader, ASC

Seasons are important to us. They raise memories, recall important moments and passages.

Rarely do we navigate a new season. Usually, we replay the ones gone before.

This Advent, however, opens before me as a new season. After 23 years of sharing life in community and ministry in Guatemala with fellow Adorer Dani Brought,

Planting Seeds in Liberia

Liberians go to the polls today (Tuesday, Oct. 10) to elect a successor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who led the West African country out of the depths of a 14-year civil war that killed hundreds of thousands of Liberians. Five of the dead were our own U.S. Sisters, Barbara Ann Muttra, Mary Joel Kolmer, Shirley Kolmer, Agnes Mueller and Kathleen McGuire, who were killed 25 years ago this month. We sent some of our Adorer family to visit Liberia earlier this year. Here’s a remembrance of the experience from one of them.

By Donna Luetters,

The American Ideal of Liberty: Help the Dreamers

Our Sisters have plenty to say about President Trump’s recent decision to rescind DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — that protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children. The matter is now left to Congress, but with hurricane relief, tax reform and everything else on its plate, can Congress act in time?

We’re posting some thoughts and concerns (in this order) from Sisters Maria Hughes, Kris Schrader, and Bernadine Wessel.

 

Sister Maria Hughes showing her support for “Dreamers”

The End of Another Life Journey

Sister Ann Fearday has been walking the Camino since Easter Sunday, and finally arrived with “tears in my eyes” at Santiago de Compostela on Day 32 of her pilgrimage.

Her happy words:

By Sister Ann “Anitawa” Fearday, ASC

Today, we walked triumphantly into Santiago with our backpacks. I had tears in my eyes when I saw the spires of the Cathedral. We stood in line at the pilgrim office to receive our “compostela,” the document verifying we had walked the Camino.

I am very proud of this document and will be very happy to show it to you next time I see you.

Back to Liberia

By Cheryl Wittenauer

Five missionaries in their Liberia home

We go in twos to try to understand the impact of the five.

Two Adorers, two ASC Associates and two Newman University students are traveling to Liberia on a pilgrimage that marks the 25th anniversary of the death of our five missionary sisters in October 1992.

Two were ambushed on a road they traveled on Oct. 20 that year. Three others were shot to death three days later in front of their convent.

For long-suffering Liberians,

Korea’s Division

With Korea very much in the news, we turn to Sister Bernadine Wessel, ASC, who worked there from 1977 to 2013, teaching conversational English to children and adults; translating for migrant workers and encouraging them; and working with children.

By Sister Bernadine Wessel, ASC

We in the West are accustomed to hearing the terms North and South Korea, a division that occurred at the end of World War II.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, Korea was under the control of Japan, which tried to make Korea and Koreans Japanese.