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We find inspiration and God in our ministry, mission, and even the smallest moments in our day. Here we share our stories, prayers, and reflections on everything happening in our lives.

Finding Faith in the Wait

Advent often reminds us that we are in a season of waiting and preparing. It is a wonderful state to be in if we know what we are waiting for. What have you discovered about yourself this year? How has that prepared you for your future?

Answering Your Call

This week is National Vocations Awareness Week and I’ve been talking a lot about following your call, even when it’s scary or unknown. Making decisions can nearly paralyze you with fear. What if you’re supposed to be doing something else? What if your friends and family don’t support you? What if you fail.

Fall-ing in Love with Change

Change is inevitable. We hear that all the time. In every facets of our lives, if we are going to make way for something new, something else has to change. Like the leaves, we have to stop pouring energy into parts of our lives that need to fall away.

Sister Mary Philomena Heindl (1892-1990)

Coming from a faith-filled family, Sister Mary Philomena Heindl became a woman imbued with the gentle spirit of God. At age 19, she spoke to her parish priest about wanting to become a Sister. That proved providential, because when Sister Sophie Ruef came to the neighboring town seeking postulants for the Adorers’ mission in America, the pastor called for her.

Mother Hildegarde Arnold (1889-1965)

Mother Hildegarde Arnold was born in Bremelau, Wurttemberg, Germany, August 19, 1889. Because she had an aunt in the community of Adorers, she decided to come to America. On August 10, 1914, accompanied by two other prospective postulants, she arrived at Nazareth Home in Alton, Illinois, to begin postulancy.

Sister Aquinas Stieferman (1895-1975)

Genevieve Stieferman described herself as an active, mischievous little girl, with a streak of stubbornness. Yet throughout her life, she often felt misunderstood, and suffered bouts of discouragement. Her serenity came through her love of the beauty in nature, and in creating and developing the flower beds surrounding Our Lady’s Grotto at the motherhouse in Ruma, Illinois.