sister stories

Sister Act: Reflections for National Catholic Sisters Week

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In honor of National Catholic Sisters Week, we’ve asked several Adorers to reflect on how Catholic sisters influenced their lives.

StoverinkJ_webBy Sr. Joan Stoverink, ASC

From age 6 to the present I’ve been blessed with the influence of Catholic Sisters.

The Ursulines of Maple Mount, Kentucky and the Sisters of Loretto were my grade school teachers.  In Grade 3, I remember an experience of compassionate presence when loving arms embraced me during a frustrating lesson of learning to “borrow” in subtraction.  Patient explanations and a few more computations made the task understandable,

Sister Act: Reflections for National Catholic Sisters Week

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In honor of National Catholic Sisters Week, we’ve asked several Adorers to reflect on how Catholic sisters influenced their lives.

FischerLSmBy Sr. Linda Fischer, ASC

Several sisters in my life had a great influence on me and my decision to enter religious life.

The person I remember most from my early years was a Glen Riddle Franciscan by the name of Sr. Novella. My brothers and I each had Sr. Novella in fourth grade at Holy Trinity School in Columbia, Pennsylvania.

I can’t tell you one thing in particular I learned in fourth grade from her but what I will always remember is her kindness and compassion. 

Sister Act: Reflections for National Catholic Sisters Week

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In honor of National Catholic Sisters Week, we’ve asked several Adorers to reflect on how Catholic sisters influenced their lives.

 

RohrbachC_webBy Sr. Charlotte Rohrbach, ASC

I was exposed to nine orders of religious sisters who taught at my high school, Central Catholic High (now Bishop McGuinness) in Oklahoma City.

Nine orders of nuns each had made contracts to teach certain subjects at the high school. (Adorers taught religion and science while I attended.) I was influenced by many different orders. I had an opportunity to see a smorgasbord of different religious communities.

Auto Worker, Ship Builder, and Quilt Maker

By Sr. Olivia Woltering, ASC

Recently I began reading the annals of the Catholic Children’s Home in Alton, Ill., where many Adorers, including myself, ministered in various capacities and lengths of time over the years. Adorers began caring for orphans in 1879 in Piopolis, Ill. At that time, the southernmost part of Illinois was the Alton Diocese with Right Rev. Peter Joseph Baltes the bishop. He was concerned about and encouraged care for the parentless children of the diocese.

Cecilia Gerber came from Germany in 1876, at the age of 24, to become an Adorer.

Obituary: Sr. Janiece Ille, ASC

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Sister Janiece Ille, ASC, educator, prison minister, dies at 72

Sister Janiece Ille, a Texas native who taught, did parish work, and was a chaplain to federal prisoners, died Jan. 11, 2015 in Wichita. She was 72 and had been an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 52 years.

She was born Sept. 12, 1942, in Levelland, Texas, and attended school in Levelland and in Hobbs, N.M., where she met two Adorers who inspired her. She joined the community as an aspirant when she was a high school freshman in Wichita.