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Our Missionary Sister Martyrs Remembered

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Memorial of the Martyrs of Charity outside the Adorers’ Ruma Center in Ruma, Illinois

Today begins 12 days of remembering our missionary Sisters who died this month, 24 years ago in Liberia, during that African nation’s brutal civil war.

Adorers had been in Liberia since 1970 educating girls, working in health care and doing other ministries. They had come at the invitation of the SMA Fathers, Society of African Missions, based in Tenafly, N.J., who begged the Sisters to come. Many did.

But in the 1980s, as the war heated up,

14 years later: September 11th

New York Twin Towers, pre 9/11, images from freeimages.com

September 11 always evokes powerful memories in the lives of those of us in the United States. Who can forget the images of buildings being destroyed out of hatred and vengeance? Who can forget the silent skies over us in the next days as planes were grounded and the country grappled with the horror of terrorism. But September 11 was also a day of great heroism, a day when so many people put aside their differences and rushed to help each other, often at great risk to themselves. There was an outpouring of care and compassion,

Remembering Srebrenica

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srebrenica_massacre

U.S. Adorers of the Blood of Christ join the world community in marking an atrocity 20 years ago this week, in July 1995. That’s when thousands of Muslim men and boys were slaughtered in and around the town of Srebrenica during the Bosnian War.

The massacre of innocents by a Serbian paramilitary unit has been called the worst human rights atrocity in Europe since World War II.  In addition, tens of thousands of Bosnian women, children and elderly were forcibly removed; women were raped.

Thousands of survivors of the Bosnian War ended up in St.

Quills and Keyboards

By Sr. Janet McCann, ASC

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Acuto, Italy, where my community, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, was founded by St. Maria De Mattias in 1834. (Learn more about the Adorers’ foundress and history here.)

I was there to help review proposals for funding formation and ministry projects for Adorers throughout the world, and to disburse funding. But I also found time to enjoy the beauty all around those of us gathered at the meeting.

The visit offered lots of contrasting images:

#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.

March to Montgomery: A Sister Remembers

On this day, March 25, in 1965, five Adorers of the Blood of Christ from Ruma, Ill., joined thousands of civil-rights demonstrators in the last leg of the march from Selma to the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., all in the name of racial justice and voting rights for African Americans.

 

Here’s part of what Sister Mary Pius (Mary Simpson) recorded from that historic day:

For ten to twelve blocks we marched through friendly, Negro areas. We sang and waved and smiled. The Negroes lining the streets and standing on their porches joined us,

Part of the History: Adorers in St. Louis

Listen to this radio spot honoring the history of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ and other religious communities in the history of St. Louis!

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The first Adorers of the Blood of Christ arrived in St. Louis in 1873, three years after the first Adorers arrived from Germany and settled in southern Illinois. Their first assignment was at St. Agatha Parish in the near south side of St. Louis.

Original group 1870

About 30 Adorers remain in the greater St.