Adorers of the Blood of Christ

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Good, Goodness, and Grace

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

Two small and little-known organizations in St. Louis have given me pause to reflect on how good grows from goodness. 

The Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Program, housed in an Episcopal church’s parish hall basement, provides English teachers for immigrant and refugee women as they learn to navigate American culture and the English language.

The women who staff the program are competent, compassionate, caring, and concerned about their students and teachers.  Each teacher is matched with a student and provided with the trademark teacher’s bag full of notebooks,

Adorers on New U.S. Policy on Family Separation

We, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region, have been appalled, dismayed and disheartened by our government’s new policy of separating undocumented adults and their children at our southwestern border.

The images and audio are alarming: a nursing child taken from its motherchildren at set-up shelters and tent cities wailing for their parents and unable to be comforted, a toddler calling for his “papa.” Pediatricians and child psychologists cite research that shows that a parent alone is the stability, that even under the discomfort of confinement, can stave off the stress hormones that would damage a child’s developing brain.

Trini-Trees, like the Trinity, Are a Mystery

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

It’s possible that I descended from the Germanic tree-worshipping druids. How else can I explain why trees captivate me?

During a retreat at the Adorers’ motherhouse in Ruma, Illinois, shortly after the Feast of the Holy Trinity, I discovered trees with three trunks that have graced our grounds for years, but that I just noticed. Big trees, medium-sized trees and saplings, these “trini-trees” were hiding in plain sight, waiting for me to notice their tri-trunks growing into branches.


Each of Us is a Corpus Christi Procession

By Sister Barbara Jean Franklin, ASC

On Sunday, Catholics celebrated the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – formerly, Corpus Christi — but mostly, without the triumphant liturgical processions that marked the celebration years ago.

In those days, the Eucharist was carried out of the Church, often under a fancy canopy, so that the Christian faithful could publicly profess faith and worship of the Blessed Sacrament.

The procession and canopy are not unlike the big tent crusades led years ago by preachers, such as Rev. Billy Graham, where people came forward to profess their faith,

The Adventures of Sister Sue and Buddy the Therapy Dog

By Sister Sue Andrew, ASC

For the last 14 years, I’ve worked at Visitation Catholic School in Kansas City, Missouri, as a licensed clinical social worker and child, family and school psychotherapist.

I’m also certified as a play therapist and head the crisis intervention team for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

It’s fascinating and fulfilling work, and puts me in the privileged position of helping kids deal with a variety of issues. Last year, Philip, a third-grader, came to me crying over his mother’s struggle with terminal cancer.

Sister Janis Yaekel, Educator, Spiritual Director, Writer, Lover of Creation, Dies

Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC, died May 12, 2018 at the Ruma Center.

She was 66 years old and had been a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 37 years.

Sister Janis was born Aug. 2, 1951 in Belleville, Illinois, the only daughter and youngest of four children of the late James and Paula (Platzkoester) Yaekel. Sister Janis made her first profession on June 1, 1980 and her final vows on Aug. 14, 1983.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies from the former Notre Dame College in St.

Surprises in Spring

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

Since the Pokémon craze of a couple of summers ago has evaporated, the latest fad in St. Louis is the appearance of solid, sturdy, bright lime-colored bicycles.

LimeBike is a trademarked bike-sharing company that supplies dockless bicycle-sharing systems in St. Louis and other cities. Customers use a mobile app to reserve a bike.

A few weeks after its launch date in the city, LimeBikes are everywhere. Tower Grove Park in my neighborhood is a temporary parking spot for many bikes that dot the entrances,

Educator, Missionary Dies at 102

Mary Anthony Mathews, Adorer of the Blood of ChristSister Mary Anthony Mathews, ASC, a longtime educator and missionary in China, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the Ruma Center, Ruma, Illinois. She was 102 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 84 years.
Born on May 1, 1916, in Coulterville, Ill., she was the oldest of 12 children in the family of John and Teresa (Peters) Mathews. She made her first vows on July 2, 1933 and her final profession on July 1,

Earth Deserves Good People

St. Louis University students and Sister Regina, wearing a sweatshirt saying “Never underestimate an
old woman who graduated from St. Louis University.”

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

My St. Louis neighborhood block held its annual alley cleanup on Earth Day weekend, a fitting time to care for our small plot on the planet. Before we began, I stood on the sidewalk talking to my African-American neighbor.

A guy on a bike sped by and yelled an ugly, racial epithet, loudly enough to be unmistakable. For good measure,

‘Gentle, Loving’ Health Minister Dies

Sister Marciana Heimann, ASC, died Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Ruma Center in Ruma, Ill.

She was born on March 1, 1928, the second of four children in the family of Herman and Rosa (Richter) Heimann of New Baden, Ill. She was 90 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 71 years.

Sister Marciana, who had dual bachelor’s degrees from Saint Louis University in nursing and physical therapy, spent most of her ministry in health care. She headed the physical therapy department at St.