History

Joan Range Honored at St. Louis University

Range JSr. Joan Range, ASC, who died Thursday, May 7, 2015, is being honored Friday, May 8, for co-founding the Women’s and Gender Studies Department of Saint Louis University.

Sr. Joan will receive the university’s annual Founders Award for 2015 along with Dr. Judith Gibbons, for their work in establishing the program. Women’s and Gender Studies became a department this year and in the Fall will launch a master’s degree program.

The two will be honored at a celebration of faculty and students.

Sr. Maria Hughes and Sr. Janet McCann will be present at the award celebration at Saint Louis University on May 8.

March to Montgomery: A Sister Remembers

On this day, March 25, in 1965, five Adorers of the Blood of Christ from Ruma, Ill., joined thousands of civil-rights demonstrators in the last leg of the march from Selma to the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., all in the name of racial justice and voting rights for African Americans.

 

Here’s part of what Sister Mary Pius (Mary Simpson) recorded from that historic day:

For ten to twelve blocks we marched through friendly, Negro areas. We sang and waved and smiled. The Negroes lining the streets and standing on their porches joined us,

Part of the History: Adorers in St. Louis

Listen to this radio spot honoring the history of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ and other religious communities in the history of St. Louis!

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The first Adorers of the Blood of Christ arrived in St. Louis in 1873, three years after the first Adorers arrived from Germany and settled in southern Illinois. Their first assignment was at St. Agatha Parish in the near south side of St. Louis.

Original group 1870

About 30 Adorers remain in the greater St.

The Power of Possibility: Celebrating Foundation Day

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By Sr. Barbara Hudock, ASC

Today, on March 4, we remember the founding of our community. We celebrate in a special way this year with the Missionaries of the Precious Blood who are preparing to celebrate their 200th anniversary on July 1.

Twelve years before the founding of the Adorers, Maria’s spirit was moved by the mission given by Gaspar Del Bufalo, CPPS, who founded this new congregation of priests only six years earlier.

We celebrate our founding and realize that we stand on the shoulders of leaders who responded to God’s call in their day.

Auto Worker, Ship Builder, and Quilt Maker

By Sr. Olivia Woltering, ASC

Recently I began reading the annals of the Catholic Children’s Home in Alton, Ill., where many Adorers, including myself, ministered in various capacities and lengths of time over the years. Adorers began caring for orphans in 1879 in Piopolis, Ill. At that time, the southernmost part of Illinois was the Alton Diocese with Right Rev. Peter Joseph Baltes the bishop. He was concerned about and encouraged care for the parentless children of the diocese.

Cecilia Gerber came from Germany in 1876, at the age of 24, to become an Adorer.