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Border Prayers

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

Since the end of June, on Wednesday evenings at 6, people have gathered on the church steps of St. Vincent de Paul’s parish in St. Louis to pray for the people at our border.

We begin with a short reflection offered by someone in the parish or the broader community and spend most of the time in silence and contemplation. It’s not really quiet because the traffic on busy Interstate 55 rumbles, roars, and speeds by a few short yards from our church, celebrating 175 years of prayer and service this year.

Tanzania, 50 Years On

Tanzania, 50 Years On

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Adorers’ arrival in Tanzania in East Africa, which is now its own “region” or province of the Adorers worldwide. Four sisters from Italy established the first Adorers’ presence there in November 1969. The presence grew to a mission, later a foundation, then eventually a region. And along the way, some U.S. sisters joined the effort. U.S. Sisters JoAnn Mark and Rose Anthony Mathews recently recalled their time in ministry there.

When and where specifically did you serve in Tanzania?

Educator and Sports Fan Dies

Sister Mary Thomasine Stoecklein, a lifelong educator and professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 78 years, died Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at the community’s Wichita Center. She was 96.

Sister Mary Thomasine was the second of eight children and spent her childhood on the family farm. She was baptized Edna Mae at St. John the Baptist, a rural parish near Bazine, Kansas. One of her siblings also joined the ASC community as Sister Joyce Stoecklein.

Mary Thomasine entered the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in August 1939,

An Offering of Sweet Potatoes

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

My parish, St. Vincent De Paul in St. Louis, began Wednesday evening vigils on our church steps to pray for the people and situation at the Border.  The half-hour of a short reflection followed by prayer provides time and space to call the people at the border into our hearts.

Last week, as parishioners gathered, one of our street residents, with dirty clothes in shreds, shambled up the steps and went through the church doors, carrying a plastic food container.

One of the other parishioners and I followed him into the church to see if he needed anything.

My Missionary Journey in Bolivia

By Sister Anne Irose, ASC

 I was in my late 30s when I began ministry in Bolivia. My hopes, joy and curiosity were as great as the majestic Andes Mountains surrounding the city of La Paz. Actually, it was more like an international novitiate as I plunged into a sea of new learnings amid very unchartered waters.

 I was blessed to share my new missionary journey with an Adorer from the Ruma Province and two from Spain; a pastor from Malta who spoke five languages and neighbors from different Indigenous cultures and traditions.