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My Inspiration: What I Remember about Sister Bertha Fischer

By Monica Morrey Bayer

Recently I was saddened to receive the news of the death of Sister Bertha Fischer, known to her students at St. Pius X in Festus, Missouri, as Sister Mary Austin.

Though she figured in my life for only two years, her inspiration has lasted a lifetime. When she attended our St. Pius X High School Class of 1966 50th reunion, I hope we grads conveyed that we loved and respected her tremendously.

She was sweet and dear, and never had a discipline problem. She modeled for students like me a grace and dignity that we could emulate.

Our Missionary Sister Martyrs Remembered

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Memorial of the Martyrs of Charity outside the Adorers’ Ruma Center in Ruma, Illinois

Today begins 12 days of remembering our missionary Sisters who died this month, 24 years ago in Liberia, during that African nation’s brutal civil war.

Adorers had been in Liberia since 1970 educating girls, working in health care and doing other ministries. They had come at the invitation of the SMA Fathers, Society of African Missions, based in Tenafly, N.J., who begged the Sisters to come. Many did.

But in the 1980s, as the war heated up,

14 years later: September 11th

New York Twin Towers, pre 9/11, images from freeimages.com

September 11 always evokes powerful memories in the lives of those of us in the United States. Who can forget the images of buildings being destroyed out of hatred and vengeance? Who can forget the silent skies over us in the next days as planes were grounded and the country grappled with the horror of terrorism. But September 11 was also a day of great heroism, a day when so many people put aside their differences and rushed to help each other, often at great risk to themselves. There was an outpouring of care and compassion,

Remembering Srebrenica

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srebrenica_massacre

U.S. Adorers of the Blood of Christ join the world community in marking an atrocity 20 years ago this week, in July 1995. That’s when thousands of Muslim men and boys were slaughtered in and around the town of Srebrenica during the Bosnian War.

The massacre of innocents by a Serbian paramilitary unit has been called the worst human rights atrocity in Europe since World War II.  In addition, tens of thousands of Bosnian women, children and elderly were forcibly removed; women were raped.

Thousands of survivors of the Bosnian War ended up in St.

Quills and Keyboards

By Sr. Janet McCann, ASC

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Acuto, Italy, where my community, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, was founded by St. Maria De Mattias in 1834. (Learn more about the Adorers’ foundress and history here.)

I was there to help review proposals for funding formation and ministry projects for Adorers throughout the world, and to disburse funding. But I also found time to enjoy the beauty all around those of us gathered at the meeting.

The visit offered lots of contrasting images: