Year of Consecrated Life

Adorers Host Prison Justice Workers

By Julie Anderson

Is this shirt ok?  How long is the visit?  What will we talk about?  These were just a few of our questions as we prepared for a visit to Menard Correctional Center.

No one in our group, board members of Restore Justice Illinois, had ever visited a prison, certainly not a maximum-security prison, and everyone was nervous and apprehensive.

Restore Justice Illinois is working to change the laws that permit life without parole and other long sentences for young people convicted of crimes.

Precious Blood Ministry organized the trip so that the board could meet the people they are fighting for.

Reflections on Pope Francis’s visit to Washington, D.C.

By Sister Krystal Funk

In this Year of Consecrated Life, it made sense that novices such as myself from every religious order of men and women in the U.S. would be invited to the papal Mass Wednesday in the nation’s capital.

The occasion was the canonization of 18th-century Spanish missionary Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Pope Francis did not speak to the novices and seminarians, just greeted and blessed us. In his homily, he talked about how God calls both lay and religious people to bring the Gospel to others with joy.

Today’s To-Do List: Tackle Global Problems

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By Cheryl Wittenauer

Two months after leaving Newman University and Wichita, Sr. JoAnn Mark, ASC is settling into her new digs in Bethpage, N.Y., a Long Island suburb that is about an hour’s commute from the United Nations in upper Manhattan.

As the new executive director of the Partnership for Global Justice, Sr. JoAnn is rebuilding the NGO’s membership, finances and partner networks. She treks to the U.N. at least once a week for meetings.

joAnnMarkThe Partnership educates the public and consults to the U.N.

God’s Holy Women

By Sr. Raphael Ann Drone ASC

Recently, I led a group of women in marking the upcoming nuptials of a young woman who met her husband while both served as missionaries in Liberia. Our weekend together was a different take on the traditional bachelorette party; we didn’t roast and toast the bride-to-be with old girlfriend stories and bottles of wine, but looked at ourselves as “God’s Holy Women” within God’s Great Story of Salvation History.

Rachel, the bride-to-be; Jackie, one of the bridesmaids; and I had lived together in Liberia as lay missionaries with the Society of African Missions from 2010 to 2012. 

#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.

Joan Range Honored at St. Louis University

Range JSr. Joan Range, ASC, who died Thursday, May 7, 2015, is being honored Friday, May 8, for co-founding the Women’s and Gender Studies Department of Saint Louis University.

Sr. Joan will receive the university’s annual Founders Award for 2015 along with Dr. Judith Gibbons, for their work in establishing the program. Women’s and Gender Studies became a department this year and in the Fall will launch a master’s degree program.

The two will be honored at a celebration of faculty and students.

Sr. Maria Hughes and Sr. Janet McCann will be present at the award celebration at Saint Louis University on May 8.

Easter: The Season for Hope, The Season for Justice

by Sr. Sara Dwyer, ASC

Celebrating Easter, with the lilies and the tulips, and singing Alleluia is easy.  Even joyfully energizing!  But, then comes the 50 days season of Easter.  What, you say?   Yes, the season of Lent is 40 days; the Easter season is 50!  For many of us, ‘celebrating joyfully’ for 50 gets as challenging as ‘sacrificing sincerely’ for 40! The sorrows, struggles, injustices and the crosses we bear seem easier to identify with than believing in “something” (justice and truth) and someone (Jesus Christ, Risen) we can’t see.

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Adorer to Lead NGO that Consults with United Nations

Sr. JoAnn MarkSister JoAnn Mark likes a challenge and she begins a new one this week.

On Easter Sunday, the 74-year-old left Wichita, Kan., for New York City, where she will head the Partnership for Global Justice. The non-government organization that consults to the United Nations has floundered a bit without a director for the last year.

Mark hopes to get it back on track, increase membership, and raise awareness and funding for projects. She served on its board for nine years.

The organization got its start in the 1960s as a way for lay people to educate religious sisters about global issues.

Touchy Topic Tuesdays

By Sr. Regina Siegfried, ASC

Every Tuesday, I join a dozen or so residents for coffee and conversation at a cozy, eclectic, and homey coffee shop in our Shaw neighborhood in St. Louis. We are a mix of ages, races, and genders and call ourselves the Touchy Topics Tuesday group.

Touchy Topics Tuesday group

We talk about race, prejudice, police relationships, stereotypes, discrimination and other touchy topics. We respect each others’ opinions and views and have learned to listen more deeply. We delve into topics in an honest and open manner.

Ferguson protest, photo by Miranda M CaulkinsFor weeks now,