Sister Clara Smith

Sister Clara Smith, ASC, who taught grade school for four decades before finding her heart in prison ministry, died Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at the Caritas Center in Wichita, Kansas. She was 94 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 78 years.

Sister Clara was born on February 12, 1926 in Spearville, Kansas, the sixth of 12 children born to Andrew and Mary Elizabeth (Tepe) Smith. Influenced by her teachers and an aunt who had joined the congregation, Clara entered the community in 1940,

Sister Mary Jane (Mary Victor) Schrage, ASC

Sister Mary Jane (Mary Victor) Schrage, ASC died Saturday, September 19, 2020 at the Ruma Center in Ruma, Illinois. She was 85 years old and had been a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 67 years.

She was born on August 14, 1935 in St. Rose, Illinois, one of six children in the family of the late William and Alma (Goestenkors) Schrage.

After teaching primary grades for two years at St. Bruno in Pinckneyville, Illinois, Sister Mary Jane pursued a degree and ministry in radiologic technology.

She earned a bachelor of science degree in radiologic technology in 1960 from Saint Louis University and later received various certificates in the field.

Sister in Food Service, Home Care, and Parish Work Dies

Sister Laura Goeckner, ASC, died Friday, July 24, 2020, at the Ruma (Illinois) Center. She was 93 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 74 years.

Sister Laura was one of nine children born to William and Rosa (Probst) Goeckner of Effingham, Illinois. Five of her sisters also were Adorers.

Sister Laura was a food service manager for almost 60 years at St. Ann Home in Chester, Catholic Children’s Home in Alton, St. Henry Seminary in Belleville, Ruma Center in Ruma,

The Adorers on the Supreme Court’s DACA Decision

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ, US Region, applaud the decision of the Supreme Court to allow the DACA program to remain in place.  We will continue to urge Congress to put forth legislation to regularize the status of Dreamers and provide a meaningful path to citizenship. We commit our advocacy to this endeavor especially in light of the commission of our foundress, St Maria De Mattias:  “The spirit of this holy work is all love. We have carved this word in our minds and on our hearts.  I repeat, Love!  Love toward God and our dear neighbor…”  

Kathleen S. Jagger named 12th president of Newman University

Wichita, Kansas — The Newman University Board of Trustees has named Kathleen S. Jagger, Ph.D., MPH, the 12th president of Newman University effective July 1, 2020.

Jagger was selected after a nine-month public search process, which concluded with her approval by the full Board at its meeting on May 29.

She is Newman’s second laywoman to serve as president in its 86-year history. Jagger replaces Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., who retired in December after more than 12 years leading the university.

With extensive higher education and leadership experience,