National Catholic Sisters Week

I Have Faith in My Neighbors

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

I have faith in St. Louis, and especially in the people of our city’s many neighborhoods.

In my urban, south-side neighborhood, residents of my block have worked long and hard to create a peaceful, safe and friendly environment.

Most of us know and trust each other enough to have keys to one another’s homes, and can count on each other for help. That reliance and faith in each other were forged in relationships built on discussions held over back-yard fences, in block parties and during alley cleanups.

Sister Act: Reflections for National Catholic Sisters Week

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In honor of National Catholic Sisters Week, we’ve asked several Adorers to reflect on how Catholic sisters influenced their lives.

Sr. Bernadine WesselBy Sr. Bernadine Wessel, ASC

I’ve had a relationship with the Sisters Adorers from a young age. Two of my aunts were in the community and Sisters Adorers taught at my elementary school.

As youngsters in school, we collected pennies for the missions through a group called Holy Childhood. Through our penny donations, we were said to be “ransoming pagan babies,” or helping to bring unchurched,

Sister Act: Reflections for National Catholic Sisters Week

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In honor of National Catholic Sisters Week, we’ve asked several Adorers to reflect on how Catholic sisters influenced their lives.

RooneyMKBy Sr. Mary Kevin Rooney

I didn’t have the opportunity to attend a Catholic School. We had none in my community.

But I grew up hearing the following sentence in 100 different ways, as if it was as normal as talking about cleaning the house (a daily chore!):

“What an honor it would be to have at least one sister and one priest from our family – but whatever is God’s Will.  

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In honor of National Catholic Sisters Week, we’ve asked several Adorers to reflect on how Catholic sisters influenced their lives.

DroneRABy Sr. Raphael Ann Drone, ASC

Does religious sister DNA run through families?

My Grandpa Drone had two sisters who were Adorers, Emma and Gabriel, who are buried in our Ruma motherhouse cemetery, and a Servite sibling.

His sister, our great aunt Teresa, had four daughters who became sisters, including an Adorer, Sr. Rachel Lawler.

Four of Grandpa Drone’s granddaughters became Adorers:

Sister Act: Reflections for National Catholic Sisters Week

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In honor of National Catholic Sisters Week, we’ve asked several Adorers to reflect on how Catholic sisters influenced their lives.

StoverinkJ_webBy Sr. Joan Stoverink, ASC

From age 6 to the present I’ve been blessed with the influence of Catholic Sisters.

The Ursulines of Maple Mount, Kentucky and the Sisters of Loretto were my grade school teachers.  In Grade 3, I remember an experience of compassionate presence when loving arms embraced me during a frustrating lesson of learning to “borrow” in subtraction.  Patient explanations and a few more computations made the task understandable,

Sister Act: Reflections for National Catholic Sisters Week

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In honor of National Catholic Sisters Week, we’ve asked several Adorers to reflect on how Catholic sisters influenced their lives.

FischerLSmBy Sr. Linda Fischer, ASC

Several sisters in my life had a great influence on me and my decision to enter religious life.

The person I remember most from my early years was a Glen Riddle Franciscan by the name of Sr. Novella. My brothers and I each had Sr. Novella in fourth grade at Holy Trinity School in Columbia, Pennsylvania.

I can’t tell you one thing in particular I learned in fourth grade from her but what I will always remember is her kindness and compassion. 

Sister Act: Reflections for National Catholic Sisters Week

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In honor of National Catholic Sisters Week, we’ve asked several Adorers to reflect on how Catholic sisters influenced their lives.

 

RohrbachC_webBy Sr. Charlotte Rohrbach, ASC

I was exposed to nine orders of religious sisters who taught at my high school, Central Catholic High (now Bishop McGuinness) in Oklahoma City.

Nine orders of nuns each had made contracts to teach certain subjects at the high school. (Adorers taught religion and science while I attended.) I was influenced by many different orders. I had an opportunity to see a smorgasbord of different religious communities.

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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Want more history?

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.