Justice

Standing for Truth: Martyred Bishop Becomes a Saint

By Sister Kris Schrader, ASC

On Sunday, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador and Pope Paul VI will be canonized in ceremonies officiated by Pope Francis in Rome. Pope Paul VI had named Romero archbishop of San Salvador in 1977, during the Central American country’s bloody, civil war.

In El Salvador, the celebration has already begun with cultural activities, witness testimonies, youth-led processions and an all-night procession and vigil on Saturday ending in the central plaza of the capital, San Salvador. Giant TV screens will enable the thousands gathered to watch the ceremony in Rome.

Religious Symbols Removed By Transco/Williams

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ prayerfully and intentionally placed this cross and labyrinth in the path of a high-powered fossil fuel pipeline installed by Transco/Williams on our land in Lancaster County, PA.  These symbols serve as tangible witness to our deeply held religious beliefs that “reverence the Earth as a sanctuary where all life is protected.”  Today, knowing of our religious beliefs, and knowing that we are filing an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, Transco/Williams ordered their workers to remove these sacred symbols against our will and without our permission.  We call on all people of faith to join us as we continue to boldly stand in resistance against the exploitation of our land for the monetary gain of Transco/Williams.

Adorers Commit to Green Energy

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ take seriously our beliefs cited in our Land Ethic, which include honoring the sacredness of all creation and reverencing Earth as a sanctuary where all life is protected.

As an international community of religious women, we have witnessed to this Land Ethic by hosting an Earth Summit in Ruma, Illinois; resisting gold mining in Guatemala; and for the past three years, by standing in resistance to the plans of Transco/Williams’ to install and operate a massive fracked gas export pipeline on the very land we hold sacred in Lancaster County,

Adorers to Announce Supreme Court Appeal & Solar Farm Dream at Press Conference

Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 @ 9 a.m.
Outdoor Chapel at 3939 Laurel Run
Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512

After three years of resistance to keep a climate-warming, fracked-gas pipeline off their land in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ are entering an exciting new phase of their spirited struggle to affirm the sacredness of Creation.

Their plan is twofold: (1) to advance their legal challenge against the power of the gas industry; and, (2) to pursue a dream of offering an alternative to climate-warming fossil fuels.

Looking for Sure Footing

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

The biggest news stories of recent days expose the human failings in our government and the Catholic Church, really, about the scandal bubbling up in both institutions.

“Scandal,” a word borrowed from Latin and Greek words, means a “cause of moral stumbling.”

Who’s stumbling?

Are the guilty stumbling because of their moral failings? Or are ordinary Catholics and U.S. citizens slipping in the mud and muck caused by clericalism and political power mongering?

Where is our sure footing?

It’s probably not mere coincidence that the moral failings of both the Church in the U.S.

Helping God Answer Prayers of Human Trafficking Victims

By Sister Kate Reid, ASC

The World Day Against Trafficking on Monday has passed, but trafficking knows no calendar, and the need for vigilance continues. These days, I’m thinking a lot about clients I helped climb out of the human hell of trafficking.

This summer, I retired after 15 years of the most gratifying ministry I’ve ever had. I worked for the Immigration Law Program of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri in St. Louis, which provides free legal representation for poor people. I represented hundreds of immigrants who needed help applying for immigration benefits.

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.

Today, We Return to Liberia

Put it in the history books. Today we return to Liberia.

After a lapse of 25 years, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ officially reinstate our mission in the west African country.

Sister Therese Wetta from Wichita, Kan., and Sister Zita Resch from Schaan in Liechtenstein will arrive in the capital of Monrovia tonight. They will start a new adventure in a place from which we were torn so brutally a quarter of a century ago.

Invited in the 1970s by a persistent missionary priest, a handful of Adorers traveled to Liberia to staff schools,

Adorers to Appeal Judge’s Decision in Pipeline Case

The Adorers are disappointed that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania determined on Sept. 28 that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the claims they filed against Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line (Transco) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The Adorers’ claims arise out of Transco’s decision to condemn the Sisters’ property in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to construct its Atlantic Sunrise pipeline to transport fossil fuels being extracted through fracking.

At issue in this case is the Adorers’ deeply held religious belief that the Earth is God’s creation.