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Sister Bertha (Mary Austin) Fischer: Congregation Leader, Translator, Singer Dies

Sister Bertha (Mary Austin) Fischer, ASC, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in St. Louis. She was 83 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 61 years.

Sister Bertha was the fifth of 12 children of Joseph, Sr. and Elizabeth (Tebbe) Fischer from St. Rose, Illinois.

She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in French, minoring in other languages, that kick-started a lifelong interest and ministry in languages.

She taught French at St. Pius X High School in Festus,

Adorers to Announce Supreme Court Appeal & Solar Farm Dream at Press Conference

Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 @ 9 a.m.
Outdoor Chapel at 3939 Laurel Run
Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512

After three years of resistance to keep a climate-warming, fracked-gas pipeline off their land in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ are entering an exciting new phase of their spirited struggle to affirm the sacredness of Creation.

Their plan is twofold: (1) to advance their legal challenge against the power of the gas industry; and, (2) to pursue a dream of offering an alternative to climate-warming fossil fuels.

Sister Emma Goeckner, Food Service Veteran & Quilter Dies

Sister Emma Goeckner, ASC, a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 72 years, died Monday, August 27, 2018 at the Ruma Center, Ruma, Illinois. She was 88 years old.

Born on June 9, 1930, she was the youngest of nine children in the family of William and Rosa (Probst) Goeckner in Bishop Creek, Illinois. Her five sisters also became Adorers.

Sister Emma earned a certificate in food service supervision from Fontbonne College in St. Louis and worked in dietary more than 60 years. She worked in small convents in Vienna and Zell,

Looking for Sure Footing

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

The biggest news stories of recent days expose the human failings in our government and the Catholic Church, really, about the scandal bubbling up in both institutions.

“Scandal,” a word borrowed from Latin and Greek words, means a “cause of moral stumbling.”

Who’s stumbling?

Are the guilty stumbling because of their moral failings? Or are ordinary Catholics and U.S. citizens slipping in the mud and muck caused by clericalism and political power mongering?

Where is our sure footing?

It’s probably not mere coincidence that the moral failings of both the Church in the U.S.

Navajo Key to Life: Kinship

By Sisters Maureen Farrar and Michelle Woodruff, ASC

As the world marks Indigenous People Day (August 9), we in Crownpoint, New Mexico, celebrate what we have come to know over decades as the best of the Navajo people and character.

Crownpoint, in northwest New Mexico, is on the Trail of the Ancients, where prehistoric archaeological and geological sites bear witness to the ancient Puebloan, Navajo, Ute and Apache people who called this part of the West their home. It’s also on the Navajo reservation.

We Adorers are relative newcomers, the first of us arriving in Crownpoint in August 1982.

Helping God Answer Prayers of Human Trafficking Victims

By Sister Kate Reid, ASC

The World Day Against Trafficking on Monday has passed, but trafficking knows no calendar, and the need for vigilance continues. These days, I’m thinking a lot about clients I helped climb out of the human hell of trafficking.

This summer, I retired after 15 years of the most gratifying ministry I’ve ever had. I worked for the Immigration Law Program of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri in St. Louis, which provides free legal representation for poor people. I represented hundreds of immigrants who needed help applying for immigration benefits.

Appeals Court Sides with Fossil Fuel Industry

Today, a panel of the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals  decided to side with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the fossil fuel industry over the religious freedoms of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. 

The Adorers are a religious order of Roman Catholic Sisters who seek to exercise their religion faithfully and consistent with their deeply held religious beliefs.

In 2005, the Adorers adopted a Land Use Ethic recognizing the earth as sacred. They are committed as part of their religious belief and practice to use the land they own in a manner that does not harm the earth and recognizes the sanctify of life in the earth’s current and future inhabitants.

Sister Mary-Evelyn Di Pietro Dies at 97

Sister Mary Evelyn Di Pietro, ASC, died Monday, July 23, 2018, in Columbia, Pennsylvania. She was 97 and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 74 years.

Beatrice Evelyn Di Pietro was born, along with her twin brother, Philip, on July 4, 1921 in Belmont, Massachusetts. They were the third and fourth of 10 children of Italian immigrants Ciriaco and Evelina (Cancellieri) Di Pietro.

She came to know the Adorers through her aunt, Sister Maria Cancellieri, ASC, who entered the community in Rome before migrating to the U.S.

Sowing Seeds of God’s Love

By Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC

Summer is a reminder of how creation applies to our lives.

Like other gardeners, I plant seeds and wait, fairly sure that something will grow, but not certain how it will work out.

Sometimes, as a seedling sprouts, I realize that the marigolds I expected turn out to be tomatoes. The milkweed seeds that I really wanted to grow, that I planted in a particular pot and took great care of died out, while the one seed that planted itself in with the basil is growing just fine on its own.

Adorers Elect New Leadership Team

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ have elected a new five-member U.S. Regional Leadership Team, who will assume office for a six-year term in early October 2018.

The Adorers elected the Leadership Team at their annual assembly in late June. They elected as U.S. Leader, Sister Vicki Bergkamp, ASC, a long-time professor of business at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas.

An Adorer for 49 years, Sister Vicki Bergkamp has worked primarily in higher education or as the community’s treasurer. She also served the international community of Adorers as delegate to several General Assemblies and on various international committees.