The Adorers of the Blood of Christ sponsor six ministries that we founded as institutions years ago. Today, Adorers still wield considerable influence as board members, directors, faculty, department chairs, staff and volunteers.The Adorers’ sponsored ministries fall into three categories: Education, Senior Care Ministry and Social Services.
The Adorers founded Sacred Heart Junior College for religious and lay women in 1933. That institution evolved into Newman University, a Catholic coed, comprehensive institution of higher education whose mission is to empower graduates to transform society.“The students of Newman University are forever grateful and inspired by the sisters of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. We are thankful that they founded Newman, and continue to sponsor and support the university. The sisters’ spirit of service and stewardship is ingrained in this university, shaping its students and encouraging them to go out and make a difference in our world. They have always been our ‘living endowment!'” ~ Bridget Boyum, ASC Community Leader Scholar ’12
Senior Care Ministry
Elder care homes founded by Adorers as long ago as 1926 have grown into independent, assisted living and skilled nursing institutions that care for more than 450 older adults. Adorer values of respect, community, excellence, just stewardship and spirituality, as well as our foundress’ mantra of “serving the dear neighbor” guide the business practice, customer service and care at St. Anne’s Retirement Community in Columbia, Pennsylvania; St. Joseph’s Villa and Court in David City, Nebraska; and Villa Maria and Maria Court in Mulvane, Kansas.
In 1983, the Adorers opened Anthony House, a shelter for women and children in Wichita, Kansas’ inner city. With an endowment from the Adorers, and a new name, Center of Hope now provides rent and utility assistance, case management and services to prevent homelessness.
Sister Susan Reeves, ASC, along with Sister Glenda Reimer, SC, who also taught at Newman University, launched what would become the Wichita Women’s Initiative Network in the late 1990s. Today, WIN helps female survivors of domestic violence break the cycle of abuse and poverty by helping them gain education, life, social and job skills they need to enter the work force and become independent. Adorers serve on the board, as volunteers, and as development director.