Creation Care

Walking Together for the Planet

By Sister Sara Dwyer, ASC

For the second year in a row, Christians around the world are praying and acting on behalf of the planet to mark the Season of Creation, Sept. 1 to Oct. 4. The bookend days are the Day of Prayer for Creation and the feast of St. Francis. This year’s theme is “walking together.”

My community of Sisters, the U.S. Adorers, have been “walking together” in resistance and celebration for years, especially since the publication of our Land Ethic in 2005.

For several years now, we have been resisting the Atlantic Sunrise fracked gas pipeline being laid underneath our own farm property in Lancaster County,

Adorers Commit to Green Energy

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ take seriously our beliefs cited in our Land Ethic, which include honoring the sacredness of all creation and reverencing Earth as a sanctuary where all life is protected.

As an international community of religious women, we have witnessed to this Land Ethic by hosting an Earth Summit in Ruma, Illinois; resisting gold mining in Guatemala; and for the past three years, by standing in resistance to the plans of Transco/Williams’ to install and operate a massive fracked gas export pipeline on the very land we hold sacred in Lancaster County,

Adorers to Announce Supreme Court Appeal & Solar Farm Dream at Press Conference

Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 @ 9 a.m.
Outdoor Chapel at 3939 Laurel Run
Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512

After three years of resistance to keep a climate-warming, fracked-gas pipeline off their land in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ are entering an exciting new phase of their spirited struggle to affirm the sacredness of Creation.

Their plan is twofold: (1) to advance their legal challenge against the power of the gas industry; and, (2) to pursue a dream of offering an alternative to climate-warming fossil fuels.

Appeals Court Sides with Fossil Fuel Industry

Today, a panel of the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals  decided to side with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the fossil fuel industry over the religious freedoms of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. 

The Adorers are a religious order of Roman Catholic Sisters who seek to exercise their religion faithfully and consistent with their deeply held religious beliefs.

In 2005, the Adorers adopted a Land Use Ethic recognizing the earth as sacred. They are committed as part of their religious belief and practice to use the land they own in a manner that does not harm the earth and recognizes the sanctify of life in the earth’s current and future inhabitants.

Earth Day & Precious Water

By Sister Jane Gegg, ASC

Were you around for the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, the brainchild of the late Senator and environmentalist Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin?

Thinking back on that time, I recall that Rachel Carson’s 1962 groundbreaking work, “Silent Spring,” which documented pesticide use and other harms to the Earth, was fresh in our memory.

Months after the first Earth Day celebration in April 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency was established by order of President Nixon.

The Adorers helped sponsor a well for a family in Vietnam.

Lenten Journeys: #CarbonFast2016

By Sister M. Alan Wurth, ASC

Catholics of a certain age will remember abstaining from meat on Fridays throughout the year, but today the rule applies only to Fridays of Lent, hence, the plethora of Lenten fish fries. The discipline of fast and abstinence remains, however, and is universal, not restricted to Catholics.

The Anglican Communion Environmental Network adds a twist to the Lenten fast by encouraging people to fast from carbon, or at least to reduce carbon use during the holy season of Lent. Who knows? The Lenten discipline may create a new lifestyle and enrich our spiritual life.

Fracking: Why It Matters

WurthMABy Sister M. Alan Wurth, ASC

So what’s all the noise about fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, a type of commercial drilling that’s been around for 65 years?

Fracking, combined with something called horizontal drilling, has made extraction of U.S. oil and natural gas easier, resulting in a surge in their production.

Is that good? Let’s take a look.

The advanced drilling technology allows for deeper wells with horizontal arms. Large volumes of water mixed with sand and chemicals are forced under high pressure into those horizontal oil wells to fracture oil-containing rock formations.

Pope Francis’ Encyclical and ‘The Beautiful Order of Things’

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Sr. Alan Wurth, ASC’s arrangement at the Adorers’ Ruma Center in honor of Pope Francis’ encyclical

by Sr. Sara Dwyer, ASC

Pope Francis’ long-awaited encyclical on the environment, released today, focuses squarely on ecological justice. “Laudato Si,” or “Praise Be” challenges all of us to re-imagine our potential and responsibility to be one human family, on one planet and in one universe.

Francis has masterfully interwoven a vision of humans and nature living interdependently, in respect and reverence for Earth.

This 184-page papal letter is not an ideological treatise,

Touchy Topic Tuesday: Stirrings Below Ground

by Sr. Regina Siegfried, ASC

I love elephant ears, those waving, Victorian-age showoffs. The bulbs trumpet the necessity of ritual planting, cutting, and digging up for winter storage.  After I cut back the big leaves in the fall, I have a private funeral procession to the yard waste dumpster.

Those elephant ears, while certainly plants, seem more than plants.  They seem to want to reach into the animal realm. They deserve a little ceremony as they move to the recycling phase of their lives. To ensure new life for next spring, the bulbs need to be dug up and stored in a dry,

Earth Day: Adorers Reflect

The earth is a way God is experienced and caring for the earth is an issue of justice. In honor of Earth Day, several Adorers contemplate the way the earth intersects with their lives and spirituality.

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Reflections on “Land Ethic”
Written by Sr. Alan Wurth, ASC

Oh land once soft and free

You cry in your prison of asphalt and concrete!

We build high for growth and progress –

rigid and unbending.