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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 To[ics Tuesdays

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,

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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,

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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.

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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,

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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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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.

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:

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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,

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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. 

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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.