Justice

Adorers honored for commitment to social justice

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The Adorers of the Blood of Christ-U.S. Region are proud to be part of the success story of the Center for Women in Transition.

Tonight, we will be honored at the Beautiful Transformations Gala 2015 for our financial contribution to this St. Louis nonprofit that was founded nearly 20 years ago to help women in the criminal justice system make a successful transition to life outside of prison or jail.

The group, started by women, for women, provides tools, support and resources to help recently incarcerated women make good choices and achieve their goals.

Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives

by Sr. Sara Dwyer, ASC

The 2015 Women’s History Month Theme is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.”

So, we are invited to prayerfully remember the women who have helped ‘to weave’ the stories of our lives. Who are the women who have shaped, nurtured and challenged you into being the woman you are today? Remember them throughout this month.

And, even more importantly, remember women around the U.S., and around the world, who are struggling to maintain their dignity by fighting domestic abuse; women who live and work in unhealthy and unsafe conditions;

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.

Adorers and the Sanctuary Movement

By Sr. Kate Reid, ASC

Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the Sanctuary Movement in the St. Louis area.  Since we Adorers declared ourselves to be sanctuary for Guatemalan and Salvadoran refugees in 1985 and supported the ministry in St. Louis with donations and people, we were asked to participate in the anniversary celebration in March that was sponsored by Interfaith Committee on Latin America.

Sanctuary movement march in Washington D.C. September 29, 1986.  In the picture are ASCs Annette Embrich, Kate Reid, Kris Schrader and Anna Marie, CSJ.
I was invited to be part of the panel of presenters who discussed how the Sanctuary Movement developed in those years. I talked about the Adorers’ year-long corporate discernment process that resulted in a strong vote of support for our declaring sanctuary.

Sister Elizabeth Kolmer Receives Honor

elizabethkolmerSister Elizabeth Kolmer, ASC has been honored by the Jesuit parish in St. Louis she has called home since 1959.

Sister Elizabeth was recognized with the Bronsgeest Award for her dedication to the work of Saint Francis Xavier (College) Church, specifically in the areas of liturgy and social outreach.

Sister Elizabeth began volunteering at the College Church in 2004 after a 40-year career teaching and building the American Studies Department at Saint Louis University. Her doctorate is in America’s social and intellectual history.

She works with clients,

Credible Witnesses: A Reflection on the ASC Liberia Martyrs

It has been 22 years since ASC sisters were martyred during the Liberian Civil War. In honor, we revisit a reflection written by Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the deaths of the Martyrs and published in Review for Religious, October 2007.

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October 20, 1992—Rebel soldiers shoot Mary Joel Kolmer, ASC and Barbara
Ann Muttra, ASC, their guard Peter, and two ECOMOG (Economic Community of West African States Cease Fire Monitoring Group) soldiers on a stretch of road to Barnersville,Liberia,