Five Adorers of the Blood of Christ celebrate 50 years of religious life and service.

Ruma 50th Jubilee
From left to right: Srs. Marsha Wilson, Fran Schumer, Kate Reid, Angela Schrage, and Rose McKeown

Sisters Rose McKeown, Kate Reid, Angela Schrage, Fran Schumer and Marsha Wilson celebrated 50 years of vowed religious life on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Ruma (Ill.) Center with a Mass at the chapel celebrated by the Rev. Jim Dougherty, followed by dinner attended by sisters, family and friends.

Sister Rose, born in Philadelphia to John and Frances McKeown, received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia in 1969 and her master’s degree in religious studies from St. Charles Seminary in Overbrook, Penn., in 1991. She was certified as a chaplain by Franciscan Health Systems in Philadelphia in 1994.

Sister Rose transferred to the Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC) after having been a member of the Franciscan community of sisters at Chestnut Hill for seven years. As an ASC, she served as a teacher aide at Immaculate Conception Elementary School in Centerville, Ill. Then, after spending several months at the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio, Texas, she joined the community at Villa Fatima Parish in La Paz, Bolivia, and helped form Base Christian Communities in the parish. When she returned to the U.S., she continued using her skills in Spanish as Hispanic minister and creator of Spanish Liturgy at Holy Rosary Parish in Fairmont, City, Ill.

Sister Rose did her clinical pastoral work at the Franciscan Health System/Catholic Health East – Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook, Penn. After receiving her certification, she served for 10 years at St. Anne’s Retirement Community in Columbia, Penn. For the past 11 years, she has been the pastoral care team manager at Taylorville (Ill.) Memorial Hospital. She continues to reside in the Taylorville community.

Sisters Kate, Angela, Fran and Marsha celebrated 50 years as vowed members of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, having made their first vows on July 1, 1965. Kate, Angela and Fran made final vows on June 29, 1969. Marsha made her final profession on July 4, 1970.

Sister Kate, born in St. Louis to Francis and Mary Reid, received her bachelor’s degree in English from Saint Louis University in 1968. She earned a certificate in spirituality from the School for Active Spirituality for Global Communication in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1977, and a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass., in 1987.

She taught at Saints Peter and Paul School in Waterloo, Ill., St. Pius X High School in Festus, Mo., and St. Teresa Academy and Assumption High School, both in East St. Louis, Ill. She was pastoral associate at St. Joseph Parish in East St. Louis and campus minister at the Newman Center of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She served two terms as her community’s councilor on the leadership team, one for the former Ruma Province, then for the entire U.S. Region. She also is the former justice and peace coordinator for the U.S. Region.

Sister Kate currently works as legal advocate on the staff of the Catholic Immigration Law Program at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. She lives in University City, Mo.

Sister Angela, born in St. Rose, Ill., to Edward and Christine Schrage, received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and theology from Saint Louis University in 1968 and her master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in 1973. She received certificates in religious formation from Saint Louis University in 1978 and in pastoral administration from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas in 1995.

Sister Angela taught elementary school at St. Albert the Great in Fairview Heights, Ill., St Joseph’s in Olney, Ill., and Holy Family in Cahokia, Ill. She was formation director and secretary for the leadership team of the former Ruma province. She was director of religious education in St. Joseph Parish, Equality; St. Clement in McLeansboro; St. Mary in Shawneetown and St. Mary in Litchfield, all in Illinois. After receiving her certificate in pastoral administration, she served as pastoral associate at St. Mary’s in Trenton, Ill. and St. Mary’s in Centralia, Ill.

Sister Angela is part of the Adorers’ Novitiate Formation Community at Maria Place in Belleville, Ill. She also serves as part-time secretary and organist for St. John the Baptist Parish in Smithton, Ill.

Sister Fran, born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., to Henry and Ruth Schumer, received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Saint Louis University in 1968, and a master’s degree in behavioral sciences from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, in 1974. She earned a master’s degree in health care administration from Saint Louis University in 1985. Sister Fran also received her certificate in paralegal studies from Webster University, St. Louis, in 2003.

Sister Fran taught at St. Augustine in Belleville, Ill., Mater Dei High School in Breese, Ill., and St. Edmond High School in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She was public relations director at Taylorville (Ill.) Memorial Hospital and for the nonprofit, ServantCor in Kankakee, Ill. She was human resources director for the School Sisters of Notre Dame in St. Louis and executive director of the Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development’s national office in St. Louis.

Sister Fran served two terms as councilor on the Adorers’ Community Administration, first for the former Ruma Province, then for the entire U.S. Region. She served as administrative director of the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma in St. Louis, and as a paralegal for Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry in St. Louis. She is executive director of the ASC Health System and recently moved from eastern Missouri to Wichita, Kan.

Sister Marsha, born in Emporia, Kan. to John and Phyllis Wilson, received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, in Wichita, Kan., in 1968 and her master’s degree in Theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn., in 1979. She earned her certificate from the Institute of Religious Formation at Saint Louis University in 1987, and participated in the two-year Clinical Pastoral Education Program for chaplains at St. Joseph Health Center in Kansas City.

Sister Marsha taught elementary school at St. Francis of Assisi in Wichita, Kan., and St. Mary’s in David City, Neb. She was director of parish ministry at Sacred Heart in Sedalia, Mo., and St. Francis Xavier in Kansas City, Mo., and pastoral assistant at Christ the King in Kansas City, Kan.

She served her community as director of initial formation at the Wichita Center and vowed commitment  for the ASC community. She was director of hospital ministry for Johnson County Catholic parishes and coordinator of campus ministry projects for Newman University.

Sister Marsha is an adjunct instructor at Newman University where she teaches community leadership courses. She also works part time in pastoral ministry at Holy Spirit Parish in Goddard, Kan. She currently resides in Wichita, Kan.

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