missions

Transformation and Our Work in Guatemala

By Sister Kris Schrader, ASC

In Guatemala, having your own stylized signature is important. All documents, logs of meetings, school registration and bank transactions require a signature. Women who have not been able to attend school often use a simple X and have someone print their name alongside it or simply ink their thumbprint.

The Adorers’ Maria De Mattias Library & Resource Center is working with small groups of women with extremely limited literacy skills who are mothers of our first-year, junior high school students. One of the goals is to help each woman learn to sign her name.

Today, We Return to Liberia

Put it in the history books. Today we return to Liberia.

After a lapse of 25 years, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ officially reinstate our mission in the west African country.

Sister Therese Wetta from Wichita, Kan., and Sister Zita Resch from Schaan in Liechtenstein will arrive in the capital of Monrovia tonight. They will start a new adventure in a place from which we were torn so brutally a quarter of a century ago.

Invited in the 1970s by a persistent missionary priest, a handful of Adorers traveled to Liberia to staff schools,

Hopes for New School Year Adventures in Guatemala

By Sister Kris Schrader, ASC

(Sister Kris Schrader has had a long-time ministry in Guatemala, where she does teacher formation, school development projects and programs that promote women.)

We’ve just begun the school year in Guatemala, and at the Adorers’ Maria De Mattias Institute, our 16 teachers and staff got things started with a lunch and in-service.

My sister Kitty sent me 16 cowboy hats she had purchased at the dollar store in hopes that we could use them somehow. We did!

We used the hats at our first in-service,

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,