Adorers of the Blood of Christ

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Our Gifts Join Others as One

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

The lovely, ornate altar at my parish, St. Vincent De Paul church in St. Louis, is decked with groceries.

20161205_093415_burst01They are offerings for the parish’s Christmas program that provides food and gifts for 360 seniors and 320 families who have registered to participate.

From mid-November to mid-December, parishioners contribute cooking oil, canned tuna and meats, laundry detergent, peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti sauce, cereal and baking goods for each Sunday’s offertory procession. The food is later arranged on the altar to remind us the following week that people in our city need our loving concern and care.

Advent Light

By Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  John 1:5.

We’ve come to Advent, that season of the Christian church year leading to Christmas. Our waiting for the light of Christ’s birth comes as those of us in the Northern Hemisphere experience short days and long nights, and, for many of us, too little light.

In this Earthly darkness, my Advent practice will be to see the light, experience the light, be the light.

This time of year,

Longtime Medical Professional Dies

ternescSister Clara Ternes, ASC, a former hospital executive who taught medical ethics, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 at the Ruma (Ill.) Center. She was 88 years old and had been an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 72 years.

Born April 28, 1928, in Wichita, Kan., she was one of seven children of Martin and Clara (Girrens) Ternes. She made her first profession on July 1, 1944 and her final vows on July 1, 1949.

Sr. Clara earned her degree in nursing from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing, Springfield, Ill., in 1949 and certification as a registered nurse anesthetist from St.

Former Longtime Teacher Dies

schmidteaSister Elizabeth Ann Schmidt, ASC, died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at the Wichita Center. She was 85 and had lived 69 years as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ.

She was born Feb. 19, 1931, the fifth of 10 children of Marcus and Mary (Suppes) Schmidt, and grew up on the family farm outside of Spearville, Kan.

Influenced by her teachers, the Adorers, at St. John the Baptist elementary school, she entered the ASC community in 1945, at age 14. She pronounced first vows July 1, 1947.

A last-minute assignment to substitute teach for an ailing sister caused her to put her own high school education on hold.

Settling an Anxious Heart

By Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC

I am Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC and I have pancreatic cancer. In fact, I have lived with cancer since 2012. I hope to share in my blog my journey and my reflections on the presence of God in my life. It is my hope that those who read my entries will find strength for their own journeys.

Cooler weather has finally arrived in southern Illinois, and with it, more activity at the bird feeders that has transfixed my cats, Gracie and Tinker.

I can almost hear them thinking,