Reflections

A Journey of Faith

By Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC

The season of Advent is upon us, time to reflect on the powerful way that the Lord has touched our lives. It is a time of waiting for the rebirth of Jesus in our lives.

This past year, I’ve had to exercise strong faith. While I have been dealing with pancreatic cancer for five years, my discomfort has increased quite a bit over the last few months. I have experienced more issues and suspect that there will be more to come.

How do I face the issues ahead?

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,

We Too Are Blessed by the Ties that Bind Us    

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the ties that bind us, like those so beautifully captured in the historic Baptist hymn, “Blest Be the Tie that Binds.”

We’ve celebrated the 25th anniversary of the deaths of our Sisters killed in Liberia. The ties to them, their families, our five Liberian women, Liberian friends, and other missionaries are strong and enduring.

A CD of reflective music prepared for the occasion links us to so many wonderful musicians and technicians including Carolyn McDade, Rory Cooney, the Newman University Troubadours,

All Souls: Remembering Renee

By Cheryl Wittenauer

Only six weeks ago, our dear Sister and friend, Renee Kirmer, ASC died suddenly.

While we grow accustomed to death as we get older, Sister Renee’s passing was particularly difficult and shocking as she was active at 81 with so much life and so much still to give. We expected her to keep going. Eighty-one is the new 61, right?

Our colleague, Miranda Caulkins, interviewed Sister Renee this past summer in Wichita. We recall that interview in Renee’s memory today, when Christians mark All Souls Day, and people throughout Mexico commemorate the Day of the Dead,

We Celebrate, We Remember, We Live Their Legacies

Saturday, October 21 was crisp and overcast as I drove on the parking lot at our Center in Ruma, Illinois.  Several loyal, dedicated co-workers were already on duty to direct the traffic, and others were working in the house. I took some time to talk to Joe to ask if he was working with us 25 years ago. He reminded me of that bleak, awful day in December 1992 when many of us gathered in a cavernous, echoing hanger at Lambert Airport in St. Louis to receive the bodies of Agnes, Shirley, and Kathleen, our Sisters who had been killed in Liberia on Oct.

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,

Pockets of Peace

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

On Friday, Sept. 15, the city of St. Louis erupted in protests after a judge acquitted a white, former St. Louis police officer of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a black man in 2011.

While most of the protests were peaceful by day, once darkness fell, some demonstrators resorted to violence and destruction of property in some city and inner-ring suburban neighborhoods. On Saturday, the city block where I live had its annual block party, and it was a scene of calm, neighborliness, and fun on a warm September evening.

Learning How to Forgive

By Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC

Recently, I met with two people who were trying to understand the way to forgiveness, healing and reconciliation.

One was searching for the meaning of forgiveness. The other was seeking healing and reconciliation.

These encounters made me wonder: As Adorers who are called to be a reconciling presence to the world, how do we bring forgiveness, healing and reconciliation into everyday life?

How do any of us?

  • Do we respond in words and conversations?
  • Outside of ourselves or in our hearts?

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”

Remembering Nallely and other Dreamers

On Tuesday, President Trump rescinded a government program known as DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — that protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children. Sister Cecilia Marie Hellmann, ASC, who worked with immigrants as coordinator for the Diocese of Belleville, Ill., Office of Hispanic Ministry for 16 years, shares her thoughts.

By Sister Cecilia Marie Hellmann, ASC

On July 29, a young woman who has DACA status shared her story with more than 100 persons gathered at our center in Ruma,