Liberians go to the polls today (Tuesday, Oct. 10) to elect a successor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who led the West African country out of the depths of a 14-year civil war that killed hundreds of thousands of Liberians. Five of the dead were our own U.S. Sisters, Barbara Ann Muttra, Mary Joel Kolmer, Shirley Kolmer, Agnes Mueller and Kathleen McGuire, who were killed 25 years ago this month. We sent some of our Adorer family to visit Liberia earlier this year. Here’s a remembrance of the experience from one of them.
We believe Earth Day is everyday. Though the festivities of this week are behind us, one of our Adorer Associates Sue Scott Dolan shares three reflections on the earth in haiku form.
plants lull on the sill
reviving to Mozart’s airs
sacred life restored
stately soundless trees
nurturing plants by root grid
plant mysteries thrill
scientists note brainpower
God’s beaming design
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,