Martyrs

Farewell, Rudy

By Sister Barbara Jean Franklin, ASC

We learned last week that the talented St. Louis-area sculptor Rudolph “Rudy” Torrini died Wednesday, Sept. 5. He was 95 and died from complications of dementia.

Mr. Torrini, the son of an Italian immigrant mold maker and a silent movie pianist, was renowned for his public sculptures that grace the St. Louis area. His works include the likeness of a soccer player, a police officer, a boy and his dog, Italian immigrants, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II, and a 9-year-old child who was slain in the crossfire of a gunfight.

We Too Are Blessed by the Ties that Bind Us    

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the ties that bind us, like those so beautifully captured in the historic Baptist hymn, “Blest Be the Tie that Binds.”

We’ve celebrated the 25th anniversary of the deaths of our Sisters killed in Liberia. The ties to them, their families, our five Liberian women, Liberian friends, and other missionaries are strong and enduring.

A CD of reflective music prepared for the occasion links us to so many wonderful musicians and technicians including Carolyn McDade, Rory Cooney, the Newman University Troubadours,

Planting Seeds in Liberia

Liberians go to the polls today (Tuesday, Oct. 10) to elect a successor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who led the West African country out of the depths of a 14-year civil war that killed hundreds of thousands of Liberians. Five of the dead were our own U.S. Sisters, Barbara Ann Muttra, Mary Joel Kolmer, Shirley Kolmer, Agnes Mueller and Kathleen McGuire, who were killed 25 years ago this month. We sent some of our Adorer family to visit Liberia earlier this year. Here’s a remembrance of the experience from one of them.

By Donna Luetters,

Back to Liberia

By Cheryl Wittenauer

Five missionaries in their Liberia home

We go in twos to try to understand the impact of the five.

Two Adorers, two ASC Associates and two Newman University students are traveling to Liberia on a pilgrimage that marks the 25th anniversary of the death of our five missionary sisters in October 1992.

Two were ambushed on a road they traveled on Oct. 20 that year. Three others were shot to death three days later in front of their convent.

For long-suffering Liberians,

Letters from Liberia

As busy as they were, and as tense as things were during Liberia’s civil war, the Adorer missionaries in that West African coastal country corresponded faithfully by handwritten letter to fellow sisters back home. We share excerpts from two letters Sister Barbara Ann Muttra wrote in what would be her last year of life. She always scribbled a smiley face next to her signature, no matter how tough things got.

Dec.  20, 1991
Ganta Leprosy Center
Monrovia, Liberia

Dear Toni,

Greetings with love for a Blessed Christmas!