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Sister in Food Service, Home Care, and Parish Work Dies

Sister Laura Goeckner, ASC, died Friday, July 24, 2020, at the Ruma (Illinois) Center. She was 93 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 74 years.

Sister Laura was one of nine children born to William and Rosa (Probst) Goeckner of Effingham, Illinois. Five of her sisters also were Adorers.

Sister Laura was a food service manager for almost 60 years at St. Ann Home in Chester, Catholic Children’s Home in Alton, St. Henry Seminary in Belleville, Ruma Center in Ruma,

The Adorers on the Supreme Court’s DACA Decision

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ, US Region, applaud the decision of the Supreme Court to allow the DACA program to remain in place.  We will continue to urge Congress to put forth legislation to regularize the status of Dreamers and provide a meaningful path to citizenship. We commit our advocacy to this endeavor especially in light of the commission of our foundress, St Maria De Mattias:  “The spirit of this holy work is all love. We have carved this word in our minds and on our hearts.  I repeat, Love!  Love toward God and our dear neighbor…”  

Kathleen S. Jagger named 12th president of Newman University

Wichita, Kansas — The Newman University Board of Trustees has named Kathleen S. Jagger, Ph.D., MPH, the 12th president of Newman University effective July 1, 2020.

Jagger was selected after a nine-month public search process, which concluded with her approval by the full Board at its meeting on May 29.

She is Newman’s second laywoman to serve as president in its 86-year history. Jagger replaces Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., who retired in December after more than 12 years leading the university.

With extensive higher education and leadership experience,

Adorers Join Black Sisters in Statement about George Floyd Death

We know our hearts must continue to be changed as we work for systemic reforms. We commit to our on-going conversion and to advocate and educate for equal justice for all. We support the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in their condemnation of the murder of George Floyd. We stand in solidarity with the National Black Sisters’ Conference as we affirm their history and heritage as expressed in their statement.

A Call to Mourn the Nation’s Dead of Covid-19

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region, are joining faith leaders from throughout the country in a call for a national Day of Mourning and Lament on June 1.

The call aims to put a face on the worst pandemic in a century and provide an opportunity for the nation to grieve together.

This week, the number of Americans who died from the coronavirus, reached 100,000, a chilling milestone that exceeds the combined number of U.S. deaths from the wars in Vietnam and Korea.

Unlike the sudden deaths of the terrorist bombings on Sept.

Longtime Educator Dies

Sister Ruth Timmermeyer, ASC died Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the Wichita Center. She was 93 years old and was a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 77 years.

She was born July 24, 1926, in Wichita, Kansas, one of 13 children of Clarence and Hazel (Markel) Timmermeyer. She was stricken with polio at age four. When she was six, her family moved to a farm near Norwich, Kansas. 

In 1940, after graduating from eighth grade, she went to Sacred Heart convent. She made first vows on August 16,

Long-Time Educator Dies

Sister Mary Perpetua Gusic, ASC, (Caroline Frances) died April 1 in Reading, Pennsylvania.

She was 98 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 78 years.

Sister Mary Perpetua was born April 17, 1921 in Steelton, Pennsylvania, the oldest of seven children of Croatian immigrants John and Catherine (Viher) Gusic. Sister Perpetua made her first profession on Aug. 12, 1941 and her final vows on Aug. 12, 1946.

Sister Mary Perpetua studied at the Precious Blood Teacher Training Institute in Columbia,

Teacher, Humorist, Storyteller Dies

Sister Bernice Taylor, ASC, a teacher who saw the humor in life and loved to tell stories, died Tuesday, March 10. She was 100 years old and had lived 78 years as a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ.

She was born December 25, 1919 to Frank and Mary Anna (Kotrba) Taylor, a farm couple in Canute, Oklahoma, and was baptized Angeline Marie the next day at St. Francis Church. She was bilingual and proud of her Czech heritage.  

Early thoughts of entering the convent after eighth grade were shelved when older siblings,

Teacher, Pastoral Minister Dies

Sister Elizabeth Determan, ASC of El Reno, Oklahoma died February 6, 2020 at the Wichita (Kansas) Center. She was 98 and had been an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 78 years.

She was born November 19, 1921 to Herman and Anna (Schaefer) Determan, the oldest of six children. Her family came to the area shortly after the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889.

She had been taught by Adorers in Okarche, Oklahoma and entered the community in August 1939. She made first vows on August 10, 1941,

Teacher, Archivist, Librarian Dies

Sister Marian Russo, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ, died February 1, 2020 at the Ruma Center, Ruma, Illinois. She was 76 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers for 51 years.

Sister Marian was born December 4, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Marian Alice Russo and Gaston Strenck. She and her brother, Arthur Russo, were raised by foster parents, Nellie and Manus McGinley. She made her first profession on July 1, 1968 and her final vows on Aug. 15, 1973.

Sister Marian held a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business education,

Rest Well Sister Theresa Marie

Sister Theresa Marie Braun, ASC, died Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the Ruma Center in Ruma, Illinois. She was 93 years old and was a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 76 years.

She was born December 13, 1926 in Chester, Illinois, one of five children of William and Florence (Wolshock) Braun. She made her first profession on July 1, 1943, and her final vows on July 1, 1948.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in speech therapy, with a minor in education, from Saint Louis University in 1960,

Beginning 2020

By Sister Vicki Bergkamp, ASC

A new year, a new decade awaits us. More than at any time of the year, we usually pause to make intentions of how we want to change at this time in our life.

We can state the change, the result, but we often struggle to know how we will bring this change into our lives. Change is often much harder than it looks. Many good intentions fall away very soon. I think the challenge is to keep trying rather than giving up. Think of a child learning to walk.