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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,