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Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives

by Sr. Sara Dwyer, ASC

The 2015 Women’s History Month Theme is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.”

So, we are invited to prayerfully remember the women who have helped ‘to weave’ the stories of our lives. Who are the women who have shaped, nurtured and challenged you into being the woman you are today? Remember them throughout this month.

And, even more importantly, remember women around the U.S., and around the world, who are struggling to maintain their dignity by fighting domestic abuse; women who live and work in unhealthy and unsafe conditions;

The Power of Possibility: Celebrating Foundation Day

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By Sr. Barbara Hudock, ASC

Today, on March 4, we remember the founding of our community. We celebrate in a special way this year with the Missionaries of the Precious Blood who are preparing to celebrate their 200th anniversary on July 1.

Twelve years before the founding of the Adorers, Maria’s spirit was moved by the mission given by Gaspar Del Bufalo, CPPS, who founded this new congregation of priests only six years earlier.

We celebrate our founding and realize that we stand on the shoulders of leaders who responded to God’s call in their day.

Auto Worker, Ship Builder, and Quilt Maker

By Sr. Olivia Woltering, ASC

Recently I began reading the annals of the Catholic Children’s Home in Alton, Ill., where many Adorers, including myself, ministered in various capacities and lengths of time over the years. Adorers began caring for orphans in 1879 in Piopolis, Ill. At that time, the southernmost part of Illinois was the Alton Diocese with Right Rev. Peter Joseph Baltes the bishop. He was concerned about and encouraged care for the parentless children of the diocese.

Cecilia Gerber came from Germany in 1876, at the age of 24, to become an Adorer.

Consecrated Life & Planting Seeds

1334539_95110203By Sr. Barbara Hudock, ASC

“Essential to survival, seeds have profound spiritual implications. For centuries, the planting of seed in the earth not only nourished humanity, but also symbolized the mystery of life and the journey of the soul.”

These words are taken from the new book, Sacred Seed: A Collection of Essays.

Nature is always planting seeds. I saw several fly by my head, you know those large puffy ones, just the other day.

I believe that this is what religious life is about today —

Adorer passes: Sister Emiliana Herman, ASC

emilianaHSister Emiliana Herman died Feb. 4, 2015. She was 96, and spent 69 years as a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ.

She was born July 3, 1918, to John and Mary (Wille) Herman, and was baptized Margaret Mary in St. Martin’s Church, Piqua, Kansas.

Sister Emiliana was the oldest child in a farming family and began helping her father in the fields after her 8th grade graduation. For the next several years, she worked at two hospitals in various capacities and was a housekeeper for her Reverend Uncle Anthony. 

Sister Floriana Voegeli, ASC, professional pharmacist, dies at 93

Voegeli FSister Floriana Voegeli died Feb. 2, 2015 in Wichita. She was 93 and had been an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 77 years.

She was born Feb. 5, 1921, to John and Elizabeth (Spexarth) Voegeli, the youngest girl in a family of 10 children. She was baptized Bernadine Elizabeth, the same day in St. Mark’s, Kansas.

Taught by Sister Adorers at St. Mark’s grade school and following two biological sisters who were ASC novices, Sister Floriana entered the community in 1936 while in high school at St.

Obituary: Sr. Janiece Ille, ASC

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Sister Janiece Ille, ASC, educator, prison minister, dies at 72

Sister Janiece Ille, a Texas native who taught, did parish work, and was a chaplain to federal prisoners, died Jan. 11, 2015 in Wichita. She was 72 and had been an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 52 years.

She was born Sept. 12, 1942, in Levelland, Texas, and attended school in Levelland and in Hobbs, N.M., where she met two Adorers who inspired her. She joined the community as an aspirant when she was a high school freshman in Wichita.

Tiny Sr. DeeDee: Little Girl with Big Plans

A little girl with big plans for her life can’t wait to join the Adorers’ Junior Associates, a group of 28 young people that Sr. Cecilia Hellmann helped create three years ago. She is also determined to become an Adorer, and who knows what else. She is thinking about asking Pope Francis why women can’t be bishops or a pope.

Diana “DeeDee” Barragan, who recently turned nine, is the daughter of Adorer Associate Lucia Barragan, who works with Sr. Cecilia in Hispanic ministry in the Belleville, Ill., diocese, and Adorer Associate candidate Eduardo Barragan. Her two older brothers,

Adorers and the Sanctuary Movement

By Sr. Kate Reid, ASC

Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the Sanctuary Movement in the St. Louis area.  Since we Adorers declared ourselves to be sanctuary for Guatemalan and Salvadoran refugees in 1985 and supported the ministry in St. Louis with donations and people, we were asked to participate in the anniversary celebration in March that was sponsored by Interfaith Committee on Latin America.

Sanctuary movement march in Washington D.C. September 29, 1986.  In the picture are ASCs Annette Embrich, Kate Reid, Kris Schrader and Anna Marie, CSJ.
I was invited to be part of the panel of presenters who discussed how the Sanctuary Movement developed in those years. I talked about the Adorers’ year-long corporate discernment process that resulted in a strong vote of support for our declaring sanctuary.

Sister Elizabeth Kolmer Receives Honor

elizabethkolmerSister Elizabeth Kolmer, ASC has been honored by the Jesuit parish in St. Louis she has called home since 1959.

Sister Elizabeth was recognized with the Bronsgeest Award for her dedication to the work of Saint Francis Xavier (College) Church, specifically in the areas of liturgy and social outreach.

Sister Elizabeth began volunteering at the College Church in 2004 after a 40-year career teaching and building the American Studies Department at Saint Louis University. Her doctorate is in America’s social and intellectual history.

She works with clients,