Consecrated Life is a permanent state of life recognized by the Church, entered freely in response to the call of Christ to perfection, and characterized by the profession of the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. - Catechism of the Catholic Church
The United States Adorers of the Blood of Christ, rooted in the Gospel of Jesus, are ecclesial women, living in community, witnessing God"s love in Mission to empower others, foster oneness, celebrate life, form right relationships, and walk as compassionate companions.
The Wichita Center is home to members of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, a community of consecrated religious women founded in Italy in 1834 by St. Maria De Mattias. In addition to living space for the sisters, the facility includes meeting space, dining facilities and the Chapel of the New Covenant, which invites residents, friends, family, and members of the public to come together to worship. Caritas Center, a licensed skilled nursing unit, is located on the second floor. The Center, located in southwest Wichita, sits on 27 acres which feature a scenic lake and winding walking paths.
The Adorers have been in Wichita since 1902 and still minister in a variety of ways including through Center of Hope, a homeless prevention program, and Women’s Initiative Network, that provides opportunities for education and work experience for victims of domestic violence. They also sponsor Newman University, located adjacent to the Center, which offers programs in business, education, humanities and social sciences, nursing, and the sciences. Approximately 1900 students benefit from the value-based curriculum.
The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary serve God through an apostolate of teaching and through a commitment to a contemplative life. According to their institutions: "The community is committed to life of service to the Church: the contemplation of the Word and the spread of his message of salvation through the various works of eduction (#5).
This twofold apostolate expresses itself in the dedication to prayer that each Sister has as well as her commitment to spreading the Word of God.
Currently, IHM Sisters teach in schools in the diocese of Wichita, both elementary and secondary.
Our mission flows from the purpose for which the congregation exists: We live and work that all people may be united with God and with one another. It is rooted in the mission of Christ, the same mission which continually unfolds in His church, "That all may be one as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; I pray that they may be one in Us." (John 17:21)
Responding to the unmet needs in our church and world, we serve in education, healthcare, pastoral and parish ministry, social work, spiritual care and faith development, and in other ministries that respond to spiritual, social and physical needs.
The Congregation of St. Joseph is a community of more than 800 vowed women religious dedicated to the love of God and neighbor, committed to sharing life together in community, and missioned to be a unifying, reconciling presence wherever we live and minister. We are joined in this commitment by more than 500 lay associates.
This is a cloistered community in which the sisters live their lives for God and for His Church. The call to Carmel is a call to serve the Church through prayer and sacrifice. The sisters charism is guided by their foundress, St. Teresa of Avila, and by St. John of the Cross. The essence of the Carmelite contemplative life is: living in the presence of God, in imitation of their most pure Mother Mary and the prophet Elijah, their spiritual founder who lived 900 years before Christ.