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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.