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It’s More Than a Laundromat

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

Every second Thursday of the month, a handful of cheerful church volunteers gathers at a local laundromat that doubles as the “Church of the Suds of Love.”

I’m part of a crew from St. Vincent de Paul parish in St. Louis that helps homeless and other poor people get their laundry done for free. It’s one of several ways our parish reaches out to people in need of basic services.

On one such evening, I leaned against the counter to chat with Roz, the wife of Jerry,

The Dawning of a Brighter Day in Bolivia

By Sister Anitawa (Ann) Fearday, ASC

Background: The Adorers of the Blood of Christ have had a mission in the Andean nation of Bolivia since 1973. Sister Anitawa (Ann) Fearday, from Teutopolis, Illinois, has served there since 1974. Her ministry includes coordinating a parish in formation, working at Salud Integral, a multipurpose center, and doing pastoral work in the rural area of Camata, eight hours outside of the capital. The Adorers have another deep connection to Bolivia. Seven Bolivian-born women have become Adorers. Those sisters, and one Bolivian novice, are part of our U.S.

In Honor of Those We’ve Lost

Today is a holy day of remembrance.  Many days we remember these women, but today we do it with the Church in a formal way.

We have all been affected in different ways by the martyrdom of these ASCs depending on how well we knew them.  But the brutality of their deaths when we knew of their generous willingness to serve is hard, a kind of suffering and loss that we can’t really be prepared for.

It might be a good day to allow ourselves the time and energy to be “with” the millions of citizens of this world who continue to suffer in these kind of brutal wars where life is cheap and families are torn apart. 

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?