We know religious life comes with its own language! So we’ve broken down some of the most common things you’ll hear around here.
Click on a term to reveal its definition.
These letters following a sister’s name reveals she is an Adorer of the Blood of Christ. It comes from the Italian, “Adoratrici del Sangue di Cristo.”
(Example: Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC)
Assembly is a yearly gathering of Adorers from all over the country to make decisions about policy and leadership, further the ASC mission, and discuss the direction of the community. It is also an important and enjoyable time for sisters, sojourners, associates, and co-workers to connect with each other.
A woman who has officially been accepted to discern a vocation with the Adorers. This stage allows discerning women to live within the community to better understand themselves and religious life.
The Adorers of the Blood of Christ United States Region was formed when three provinces joined together in 2000. What we call “centers” are the former motherhouses of each province and still serve as the center of life and prayer in the local Adorer communities. Three centers are located in Ruma, Illinois; Wichita, Kansas; and Columbia, Pennsylvania.
The “Mission Center” is located in St. Louis, Missouri, and serves as the U.S. Regional offices, housing Human Resources, maintenance, communication, community leadership, vocation ministry, and finance employees for the whole region.
A life set apart specially to serve God fully. Characterized by making public vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Often used interchangeably with “religious life.”
The beginning of the process of education and spiritual development that takes place over a lifetime. Those entering the diocesan priesthood are involved in formation while they study at a seminary.
A non-ordained member of the Church
Mission means being sent. The mission of the Church is to proclaim and witness to the Kingdom of God, as Jesus did. More particularly, the mission of religious communities refers to the purpose for which the community exists within the Church especially as this finds expression in living the charism of the community and its founder.
Missionary communities focus their lives on spreading the gospel to other countries or areas of their own country in need of evangelization. These communities serve in many different places in a variety of ministries, like preaching, teaching, service, and other forms of witness among the people with whom they live.
The Catholic Church recognize seven religious rites (sacraments): the Eucharist, baptism, confirmation, penance (now often called the sacrament of reconciliation), matrimony, holy orders and the sacrament of anointing the sick.
The sacraments are signs instituted and given to the Church by Christ. In the sacraments, we meet Christ, and he gives us sanctifying grace, a free gift of God.
Step in formation process following novice. Women have temporarily taken vows in order to live fully as a sister in preparation for final vows.
A vocation director is designated by a religious institute to promote vowed membership, to help others discern their vocation, and to oversee the application process of new members entering the community as a candidate. They assist those who are considering the possibility of religious life by providing support, discernment counseling, and information. The Adorers’ Vocation Director is Lori Benge. She is a great resource for all questions you have and is always available for a no-pressure conversation. Call or text her at (314) 203-1678. Or email her.
People & Places
Every religious community has its own list of names and locations significant to its history and charism. Here are ours:
Five Adorers missioning in Liberia, West Africa, were killed by rebel forces during the Liberian civil war
A city in Italy. It is considered the birth-place of the Adorers. Maria founded the order here on March 4, 1834 at age 29.
Paulina led the Adorers from Croatia to the United States; they moved from Taylorville, IL to Alton, IL and finally to Columbia, PA. Paulina went to Schaan to serve as provincial there; she was truly an international woman.