Touchy Topic Tuesday: The Homeless Out There and Within

By Sr. Regina Siegfried, ASC

St. Vincent De Paul, my parish, steeped in the Vincentian charism of seeking and finding the neediest of society, ministers in a variety of ways to people who come to us for social services.

Many of the folks who walk through our doors are homeless, the most unnoticed and most easily forgotten and ignored people in our society.  But they are people with names, stories, families, and a longing for a place to belong.  Often ravaged by mental illness, alcoholism, and drug addiction, “the homeless” are much more than a shadowy category. 

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.

Touchy Topic Tuesday: No Charge, No Easy Solutions

by Sr. Regina Siegfried

On May 18, The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office released its no-charges report for the police officer who shot VonDerrit Myers, a young man in the Shaw Neighborhood, on Oct. 8, 2014.  The verdict was a natural topic for our Touchy Topics Tuesdays gathering.  We began our discussion group as a result of his death and the unrest in Shaw.  Current protests seemed more agitated outside Shaw than within the neighborhood, although small groups congregated peacefully at the site of the memorial.

Who chooses when to take down that sad,

Baltimore, Nepal, and Standing Witness

by Sr. Sara Dwyer, ASC

This has been a week of human violence and extreme natural disasters, not only in Baltimore and Nepal, but in so many cities and countries. During this Easter season, as believers in the Risen One, we are called to pray and witness to New Life. Hope is the defining virtue, that during these painful and dark situations, gives us hearts, hands and minds to believe in new life, a better day.

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Though we are not “in” those areas, we are feeling their suffering. Let us,

Earth Day: Prayer

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by Sr. Sara Dwyer, ASC

On climate change, there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act.
– Pope Francis

Water and blood are basic symbols of our spirituality as Catholic Christians and Adorers. They are symbols reflective of a sacramental understanding of our journey on earth as disciples of the Risen Christ. Water and blood give and sustain life in each of us. Both ‘water and blood,’ wash us clean!

On this Earth Day, we listen,

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.



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 Tuesday: Hope and Futures

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by Sr. Regina Siegfried, ASC

More young black lives have been snuffed out in the midst of flowers and spring. Why?

Why is another makeshift memorial of balloons, stuffed animals, and hand-printed signs dotting the streets of my city, St. Louis?  Where is the hope and future for young people? The latest casualty is an African-American couple in their 20s, shot to death in a drive-by shooting March 30. The woman’s three children rode with them, but survived.

The answers to those questions might be beyond the racial divide and lie in helping all of us search for hope and a future for our children.

A Guatemalan Village’s Long Walk to Justice

By Sisters Dani Brought and Kris Schrader

Last week, we walked the Way of the Cross from the Guatemalan village of El Carrizal, San Pedro Ayampuc to La Puya, the entrance to a controversial gold mine that has prompted a now three-year-long nonviolent resistance protest at the site.

We walked 3 miles with the men, women and children who live nearby and have carried out that peaceful protest.

Walking the way of the cross, Guatemala

Along that route, from their town to the mine’s entrance, we prayed the Way of the Cross, connecting their experience of exploitation and human rights abuses with that of Jesus,

The Light Redeems, but Darkness has its Place


By Sister Sara Dwyer ASC

As we move into Holy Week, a sacred time that unites Christians around the world, it’s important to remember that the darkness of human decision-making tried to put out the light of Christ’s redeeming us through his suffering and death.

But this light no darkness could overcome. We celebrate both the darkness of Jesus’ death and his resurrection as the Light of the World.

This past Saturday, March 28, the global human community was invited to participate in the Earth Hour, a 60-minute span of time,