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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.

Our Life’s Pilgrimage

By Sister Anita Fearday, ASC

I often have thought of life as a pilgrimage, especially when I am in touch with a yearning, a hunger, a desire for something more in life.

For 70 years, I have been on the way to a more abundant life, but I have not yet reached the pot of gold of John 10, 10 (“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”)

As I mark my 70 years of life and 50 years as a Sister,

Travel Adventure, Bolivia-Style

Is your commute challenging? Sister Anita Fearday rode 10 hours in six overcrowded vehicles through bumpy roads in Bolivia.

By Sister Anita Fearday, ASC

I recently traveled from my home base in La Paz, Bolivia to the village of Camata to help with 16 baptisms on the Feast of St. James, the town’s patron saint.

During the celebration, I heard a commotion outside the church. A driver had lost control of a mini-bus whose passengers included guests to the baptism.

The bus had tumbled 650 feet down a ravine,

Q&A with Ann Fearday

Sister Ann “Anitawa” Fearday, ASC is celebrating big mile-markers this year: her 70th birthday in June and her 50th Jubilee as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ in July.

She has spent more than half of her life as a missionary in Bolivia, Guatemala and Puerto Rico – in roles as varied as accompanying threatened indigenous people and bringing pastoral services via boat to people along the Amazon.

We visited with her recently to learn more about her fascinating life and ministry.

Fearday (1)What influenced your decision to become a vowed member of a religious community,

What I miss most about Korea

By Sister Bernadine Wessel, ASC 

The people. The relationships formed by living, working, struggling, crying, laughing and praying together… that’s what I miss most about Korea.

I spent time with so many different kinds of people during my 36 years ministering in Korea, and they each taught me lessons that broadened my worldview and formed me into the person I am today.

I spent the longest period of time in Korea ministering at Blessed Mother daycare/kindergarten.   My years of teaching previously in the States had been mostly in the middle grades. In Korea,

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: