Sister Helen Ridder dies Dec. 22 at 82

Sister Helen Ridder, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 64 years, died Friday, Dec. 22. She was 82.
A Mass of Resurrection was celebrated Wednesday, Dec. 27, in the Chapel of the New Covenant with Fr. Tom Welk presiding. Burial in the community cemetery followed.
She was born July 20, 1935, in Derby, to John and Agnes (Abt) Ridder, the fifth of eight children.
Sister Helen entered the Wichita ASC community on Jan. 1, 1952, pronounced first vows on July 1, 1953, and permanent vows on July 1, 1958.
She graduated from high school at Sacred Heart Academy in 1954 and earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Sacred Heart College in 1962. She graduated from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia in 1971, with a master’s degree in education. For 21 years, she taught primary students, mostly in Kansas.
Sister did pastoral ministry for 11 years in Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Texas, where she served rural areas in the Diocese of El Paso.
She spent a summer in Guatemala while the recently beatified Father Stan Rother was there.
In 1989, she was certified for family counseling and drug/alcohol rehabilitation and ministered in the Wichita Acuto Spirituality Center for seven years.
Sister Helen worked at the environmental advocacy and education center, EarthWorks in Plymouth, Indiana, for three years.
In 2000, she worked for the Land Institute of Salina, Kansas, that studies and shares alternative agriculture methods. She also enjoyed music, arts and reading.
Sister Helen returned to the ASC Wichita Center in 2005, retired there in 2013 and moved into Caritas Center in 2016.
She is survived by her brother Jerome, nieces, nephews, cousins, and her ASC community members.
Memorials in her name may be made online at adorers.org or by mailing them to the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region Mission Center, 4233 Sulphur Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109