Adorers of the Blood of Christ

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Adorers of the Blood of Christ
Abbreviation ASC
Formation c. AD 1831; 187 years ago (1831)
Founder Maria De Mattias
Type Catholic religious order
Headquarters Kansas United States of America

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ are a Catholic religious institute founded by St. Maria De Mattias in 1834, their post-nominal letters are A.S.C.


The institute operates the Newman University in Wichita, Kansas.


In 1933, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ founded the Newman University in Wichita, the only university ever created by the order. In March 2014, the order donated 2.5 million dollars to the university.[1]

In October 1992, Sisters Barbara Ann Muttra, Mary Joel Kolmer, Kathleen McGuire, Agnes Mueller, and Shirley Kolmer were killed by soldiers fighting in Liberia.[2] On January 24, 2008, Morris Padmore, a former combatant of the defunct NPFL warring faction testified at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Liberia) that the nuns were raped and executed under the command of former NPFL general Christopher Vambo.[3][4] The Adorers of the Blood of Christ were in Liberia since 1971.[5]

On July 2017, in Columbia, Pennsylvania, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ went to court to oppose the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline as one of the church's chapel is on the pipeline's trajectory.[6][7] In September, a district court judge dismissed the Adorers'complaint.[8] The chapel is just a small wooden structure with no walls or roof, and it is situated in the middle of a corn field. This "open-air" chapel was built to protest the pipeline by erecting a place protected by the freedom of religion in the path of the pipeline to block its construction.[9]

See also


  1. ^ "Adorers of the Blood of Christ give $2.5M to Newman University". 5 March 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Don Terry (2 November 1992). "Sorrow in an Illinois Convent, Home to Five Slain in Liberia". Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  3. ^ Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia
  4. ^ Kolmer, Elizabeth (2006). "The Death of Five Adorers of the Blood of Christ and the Changing Meaning of Martyrdom". U.S. Catholic Historian. 24 (3): 149–164. JSTOR 27671166. 
  5. ^ Therese Wetta (13 July 2017). "Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Deaths of Five nuns of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ In Liberia 1992 – 2017". Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  6. ^ Dawn Araujo-Hawkins (7 July 2017). "Adorers of the Blood of Christ resist pipeline plans". Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  7. ^ Dawn Araujo-Hawkins (18 July 2017). "Adorers of the Blood of Christ take pipeline protest to court". Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  8. ^ "Adorers 'disappointed' in dismissal of lawsuit against pipeline, plan to appeal". 29 September 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  9. ^ James Gaines (13 July 2017). "These nuns built a lovely little chapel. Right in the way of a pipeline. On purpose". Retrieved 20 December 2017. 

Further reading

  • The Adorers of the Blood of Christ in the Church and in the World, 1834-1984. ASIN B009KNAF94. 
  • Regina Siegfried (2005). Missionaries More and More: The History of the China Mission of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, 1933-1945. AuthorHouse. ISBN 978-1420867800. 

External links

  • Official website

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