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Easter: The Season for Hope, The Season for Justice

by Sr. Sara Dwyer, ASC

Celebrating Easter, with the lilies and the tulips, and singing Alleluia is easy.  Even joyfully energizing!  But, then comes the 50 days season of Easter.  What, you say?   Yes, the season of Lent is 40 days; the Easter season is 50!  For many of us, ‘celebrating joyfully’ for 50 gets as challenging as ‘sacrificing sincerely’ for 40! The sorrows, struggles, injustices and the crosses we bear seem easier to identify with than believing in “something” (justice and truth) and someone (Jesus Christ, Risen) we can’t see.

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Adorer to Lead NGO that Consults with United Nations

Sr. JoAnn MarkSister JoAnn Mark likes a challenge and she begins a new one this week.

On Easter Sunday, the 74-year-old left Wichita, Kan., for New York City, where she will head the Partnership for Global Justice. The non-government organization that consults to the United Nations has floundered a bit without a director for the last year.

Mark hopes to get it back on track, increase membership, and raise awareness and funding for projects. She served on its board for nine years.

The organization got its start in the 1960s as a way for lay people to educate religious sisters about global issues.

A Guatemalan Village’s Long Walk to Justice

By Sisters Dani Brought and Kris Schrader

Last week, we walked the Way of the Cross from the Guatemalan village of El Carrizal, San Pedro Ayampuc to La Puya, the entrance to a controversial gold mine that has prompted a now three-year-long nonviolent resistance protest at the site.

We walked 3 miles with the men, women and children who live nearby and have carried out that peaceful protest.

Walking the way of the cross, Guatemala

Along that route, from their town to the mine’s entrance, we prayed the Way of the Cross, connecting their experience of exploitation and human rights abuses with that of Jesus,

The Light Redeems, but Darkness has its Place

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By Sister Sara Dwyer ASC

As we move into Holy Week, a sacred time that unites Christians around the world, it’s important to remember that the darkness of human decision-making tried to put out the light of Christ’s redeeming us through his suffering and death.

But this light no darkness could overcome. We celebrate both the darkness of Jesus’ death and his resurrection as the Light of the World.

This past Saturday, March 28, the global human community was invited to participate in the Earth Hour, a 60-minute span of time,

Opinion: More Non-Violence, Fewer Guns

A version of this post was originally published as a letter to the editor in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. To read in original format, click here.

By Sr. Fran Schumer ASC

I am a member of a Catholic community of sisters who values life and non-violence. So it pains me to know of the gun violence that grips St. Louis, to learn of children and young adults caught in the crossfire of our gun madness.

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How many more must die, or innocent bystanders be hurt? How many more parents must bury their 6-,

March to Montgomery: A Sister Remembers

On this day, March 25, in 1965, five Adorers of the Blood of Christ from Ruma, Ill., joined thousands of civil-rights demonstrators in the last leg of the march from Selma to the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., all in the name of racial justice and voting rights for African Americans.

 

Here’s part of what Sister Mary Pius (Mary Simpson) recorded from that historic day:

For ten to twelve blocks we marched through friendly, Negro areas. We sang and waved and smiled. The Negroes lining the streets and standing on their porches joined us,

Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives

by Sr. Sara Dwyer, ASC

The 2015 Women’s History Month Theme is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.”

So, we are invited to prayerfully remember the women who have helped ‘to weave’ the stories of our lives. Who are the women who have shaped, nurtured and challenged you into being the woman you are today? Remember them throughout this month.

And, even more importantly, remember women around the U.S., and around the world, who are struggling to maintain their dignity by fighting domestic abuse; women who live and work in unhealthy and unsafe conditions;

Adorers and the Sanctuary Movement

By Sr. Kate Reid, ASC

Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the Sanctuary Movement in the St. Louis area.  Since we Adorers declared ourselves to be sanctuary for Guatemalan and Salvadoran refugees in 1985 and supported the ministry in St. Louis with donations and people, we were asked to participate in the anniversary celebration in March that was sponsored by Interfaith Committee on Latin America.

Sanctuary movement march in Washington D.C. September 29, 1986.  In the picture are ASCs Annette Embrich, Kate Reid, Kris Schrader and Anna Marie, CSJ.
I was invited to be part of the panel of presenters who discussed how the Sanctuary Movement developed in those years. I talked about the Adorers’ year-long corporate discernment process that resulted in a strong vote of support for our declaring sanctuary.