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Adorers of the Blood of Christ

We are the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, a vowed religious community of Roman Catholic women who were founded in 1834 as a teaching order by the Italian, St. Maria De Mattias, in the small town of Acuto Italy. Worldwide, we are 2,000 women strong, including 200+ in the U.S.

Sister Bernita Marie Leiker, ASC

Sister Bernita Marie Leiker, ASC, a Kansas native who ministered in Brazil for 44 years, died May 19, 2021, at Caritas Center, in Wichita, Kansas. She was 97 years old, and had been a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 80 years.

Sister Leona Riebel, ASC

Sister Leona Riebel, ASC died Friday, April 30, 2021, at Caritas Center in Wichita, Kansas, five days after the passing of her younger sibling, Sister Barbara Riebel, also an Adorer. Sister Leona was 103 years old and had been a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 85 years. She was one of four Riebel siblings who became Adorers.

Sister Mary Ann Bahr, ASC

Sister Mary Ann Bahr, ASC died on December 14, 2020 in the Caritas Center in Wichita, Kansas. At 95, she taught more than half of her life. She was one of 11 children born on the family farm near Olmitz, Kansas, and knew by age 6 that she wanted to enter religious life.