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Living With and In Mystery

Living With and In Mystery

By Sister Vicki Bergkamp, ASC

Mysteries have a significant role in our lives. The Easter season calls us to consider one of our most profound mysteries, that death leads to new life.

Some mysteries are meant to be solved and usually we enjoy this challenge whether it is a puzzle, a novel, a movie, or a life event.  We actually spend a lot of time solving mysteries.

Science is designed to solve the mysteries of our universe. Every time scientists solve a mystery,

Educator and Yankees Fan Dies

Sister Lucille Kerschen, a lifelong teacher and professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 73 years, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the community’s Wichita Center. She was 89.

Sister Lucille, a native of Aleppo, Kansas, was the fourth youngest of 10 children who lost her mother at age seven. She spent her childhood on the family farm. Her older sister Remigia entered the Adorer community before her.

Lucille entered the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Wichita, Kansas, on September 6, 1943, professing first vows July 1,

Our Vocations: Serving in Small Meaningful Ways

By Sister Vicki Bergkamp, ASC

This weekend marked the feast of the Presentation and the World Day for Consecrated Life, a time to celebrate our vocations.

We are blessed to continue our celebration through today as we celebrate our founder Maria De Mattias’ birthday (February 4).  The gift of life to Maria was certainly a gift of life to each of us and the vocation we have received with her charism.

In her presidential address to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious last summer, Incarnate Word Sister Teresa Maya said:

Advent Practice Continues in New Year

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

All the usual Advent themes I’ve pondered for years — waiting, preparing, longing, coming, expecting, light and dark —just weren’t speaking to me during the first week of the past Advent.

Perhaps I was over-thinking and over-praying these formerly cherished refrains. The richness in blogs and online reflections eluded me.

Believing that God is always present, is everywhere, and already in the waiting, preparing, and longing, I developed a new practice.

God holds all people and all countries with infinite love and tenderness,

Adorers Elect New Leadership Team

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ have elected a new five-member U.S. Regional Leadership Team, who will assume office for a six-year term in early October 2018.

The Adorers elected the Leadership Team at their annual assembly in late June. They elected as U.S. Leader, Sister Vicki Bergkamp, ASC, a long-time professor of business at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas.

An Adorer for 49 years, Sister Vicki Bergkamp has worked primarily in higher education or as the community’s treasurer. She also served the international community of Adorers as delegate to several General Assemblies and on various international committees.

Living by Signs

L to R: Therese Wetta, Renee Kirmer, and JoAnn Mark, Circa 1980s

By Sister JoAnn Mark, ASC

Three years ago at this time, I made a decision to leave my life in Wichita for a challenge in New York where I knew no one. I had been on the board of a struggling nonprofit that was about to collapse unless someone did the hard work of pumping it with new life.

On Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, I packed up the car and left all that was familiar —

Little Gestures Do Matter

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

Efforts that help people and that recently have sprung up along the streets of my city show that small acts do matter.

IMG_0708Take for example, the Little Free Library, a worldwide movement of tiny neighborhood “libraries” that is based on the philosophy of “take a book; leave a book.” Each little library box is uniquely designed, placed and tended.  The ones I’ve seen have sprouted up along ordinary residential streets, full of a variety of adult and children’s books.

Although these little libraries are not substitutes for a full-service public branch,

Letters from Liberia

As busy as they were, and as tense as things were during Liberia’s civil war, the Adorer missionaries in that West African coastal country corresponded faithfully by handwritten letter to fellow sisters back home. We share excerpts from two letters Sister Barbara Ann Muttra wrote in what would be her last year of life. She always scribbled a smiley face next to her signature, no matter how tough things got.

Dec.  20, 1991
Ganta Leprosy Center
Monrovia, Liberia

Dear Toni,

Greetings with love for a Blessed Christmas!

Poem: Train Tracks

By Sister Marcia Kruse, ASC

I am Sister Marcia Kruse, ASC and have the privilege of living in Rome for a couple of years, where I have always dreamed of working. At my community’s request, I am learning to speak and translate Italian. Rome for me has been fertile ground for writing. I have all kinds of ideas and scraps of poems and homemade psalms.

Train tracks passed through our little town.
Once in a while a train.
It would blow its horn, but rarely stopped.
We played on the tracks,

Prayer for our World

By Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC

On Sunday, I woke up remembering those gathered on the bridge in Cleveland to show the power of love – a force against any violence that may unfold during this week’s Republican National Convention.

And I was reminded of our desire to bring peace and compassion to the world.

This week, as we remember the violence and grief that have struck our world once again …

  • Fatal police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana
  • Fatal shootings of police officers in Dallas,