Three Mark 60 Years with Adorers of the Blood of Christ



ASC Sisters Maureen Farrar, Marita Rother and Catherine Shippen celebrated 60 years of vowed life with the Adorers of the Blood of Christ on May 3, 2015, at the Wichita (Kan.) Center.

They marked the anniversary with a Mass and dinner and were joined in the celebration by sisters, family and friends. Father Tom Welk presided at the liturgy.

The women made first vows July 1, 1955 and final vows exactly five years later.

Sister Maureen, of Hobart, Okla., has a bachelor’s degree in education from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, and a master’s degree in communication arts from the University of Notre Dame.

She taught school in Kansas – eight years in elementary schools and seven years in high schools. She did public relations at Sacred Heart College for several years before serving six years in leadership of the former Wichita Province.

For the past 33 years, Sister Maureen has done administration and pastoral ministry at St. Paul’s, a mission church on the Navajo Reservation in Crownpoint, N.M.

Sister Marita, of Okarche, Okla., has a bachelor’s degree in education from Sacred Heart College, and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Wichita, now Wichita State University.

She taught for more than 40 years at the elementary and secondary level, and also served as principal for half of those years.

She was director or assistant director of the department of elementary education at Kansas Newman,  superintendent of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Dodge City, Kan., and associate superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

Sr. Marita directed women aspiring to become Adorers, and helped form them as a member of the novitiate community in Wichita.

She tutored and served as an aide at two elementary schools in Wichita and now volunteers at The Lord’s Diner in Wichita and the reception desk in the Wichita Center.

Sister Catherine (formerly Mary David) of Harper, Kan., has a bachelor’s degree in education from Sacred Heart College and a master’s degree in education from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. She was certified to teach elementary school in four states and was a certified catechist in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

She taught elementary school for almost 30 years in Stillwater, Bison and Guthrie, Okla.; Carlsbad and Hobbs, N.M.; Sedalia, Mo.; and Ellinwood, McPherson, Aleppo, Kinsley, Grinnell and Wichita, Kan.

She also served as parish organist and choir director, admissions office receptionist at Newman University, volunteer at the Wichita Center, and patient representative at Via Christi St. Joseph.

She volunteers at St. Joseph Hospital, St. Teresa Hospital and at the ASC Center in Wichita.

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