sister stories

The Spirit Stirs Within

By Sister Annette Embrich, ASC

On Saturday, Sister Annette Embrich celebrated 50 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. The occasion prompted her to reflect on how it all began, with a nudge from the Holy Spirit, she writes. Since Christians on Sunday celebrated Pentecost, the 50th day after Easter, when the Holy Spirit is said to have descended upon and inspired Jesus’ followers, her writings come at a good time.

Sister Annette spent much of her ministry in education, including with Spanish-speaking adults and children.

Q & A with Sister Frances

Have you ever noticed that Sisters tend not to retire? They avoid the “R” word, opting instead to branch out into another ministry.

Sister Frances Pytlik, one of this year’s Jubilarians, is a case in point. A 46-year veteran of the classroom, she has just completed her 32nd year of full-time teaching at St. Mary’s School in David City, Neb.

In the Fall, she will transition to two part-time jobs: reading teacher at St. Mary’s and visitor with residents of St. Joseph’s Villa and Court, both in David City.

We recently sat down with Sister Frances to learn more about her.

The End of Another Life Journey

Sister Ann Fearday has been walking the Camino since Easter Sunday, and finally arrived with “tears in my eyes” at Santiago de Compostela on Day 32 of her pilgrimage.

Her happy words:

By Sister Ann “Anitawa” Fearday, ASC

Today, we walked triumphantly into Santiago with our backpacks. I had tears in my eyes when I saw the spires of the Cathedral. We stood in line at the pilgrim office to receive our “compostela,” the document verifying we had walked the Camino.

I am very proud of this document and will be very happy to show it to you next time I see you.

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,

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 Tuesdays

By Sr. Regina Siegfried, ASC

Every Tuesday, I join a dozen or so residents for coffee and conversation at a cozy, eclectic, and homey coffee shop in our Shaw neighborhood in St. Louis. We are a mix of ages, races, and genders and call ourselves the Touchy Topics Tuesday group.

Touchy Topics Tuesday group

We talk about race, prejudice, police relationships, stereotypes, discrimination and other touchy topics. We respect each others’ opinions and views and have learned to listen more deeply. We delve into topics in an honest and open manner.

Ferguson protest, photo by Miranda M CaulkinsFor weeks now,

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,

Adorers honored for commitment to social justice

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The Adorers of the Blood of Christ-U.S. Region are proud to be part of the success story of the Center for Women in Transition.

Tonight, we will be honored at the Beautiful Transformations Gala 2015 for our financial contribution to this St. Louis nonprofit that was founded nearly 20 years ago to help women in the criminal justice system make a successful transition to life outside of prison or jail.

The group, started by women, for women, provides tools, support and resources to help recently incarcerated women make good choices and achieve their goals.

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.