Sister Barbara finds joy

In third grade I declared to anyone who asked or would listen, that I was going to be a Sister.

I was touched very deeply by the peace, joy, and the ability to find enjoyment in the simple things in life. This is what I experienced and saw lived out in the lives of Sisters in my home parish, Our Lady of the Atonement, Kinston, N.C.

A year after graduating from high school, I joined the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Columbia, Pennsylvania. I found out soon enough that religious living in community was a perfect fit for me.

Sister Kate Reid, ASC

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ that I met at St. Teresa Academy in East St. Louis were on a mission to educate women—confident, competent, Catholic women. A sign in freshman homeroom said, “The true Teresan dares to be different.” This was not a girl’s finishing school; it was more like a launching pad!

That is probably why I joined the sisterhood when the desire that my life ‘make a difference’ in a bigger world stirred in me.

Our foundress, Maria DeMattias, told us our lives, like the Blood of Christ, are to be signs of God’s love poured out in ALL-embracing and empowering love.