Four Adorers Celebrate Jubilee at Wichita Center

Jubilarian sisters — Four Adorers of the Blood of Christ are celebrating 50 years as professed religious this year. From left are Sr. Nancy Hanes, Sr. JoAnn Mark, Sr. Teresa Bahr, Sr. Bernadine Wessel. They made their first vows on July 1, 1959, at the then Wichita Province.

Four Adorers of the Blood of Christ celebrated fifty years as professed religious on Sunday, July 12, 2009 at the ASC Wichita Center in Wichita. Sisters Teresa Bahr, Nancy Hanes, JoAnn Mark and Bernadine Wessel made their first vows on July 1, 1959 at the then Wichita Province.
Sister Teresa Bahr entered the community of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ from St. Ann’s Parish, Olmitz, Kansas in 1957. She is the daughter of the late Henry and Frances Schneider Bahr.
After attaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, Sister Teresa began a teaching career of 45 years in the elementary grades of the Wichita and Dodge City Dioceses, the last years being at Christ the King School, Wichita. Her teaching ministry also included tutoring, teacher aide, sponsoring school mission projects, as well as occasionally being a home visitor to the elderly.
Sister Nancy Hanes was born in Emporia, KS to Murle and Sarah Tobin Hanes. She entered the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in 1957 in Wichita, KS. She received a BA in English from Sacred Heart College and an MA in English from Wichita State University as well as a MA in Theology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. She has received an ACPE Certificate, basic Hospice Certificate Training and Bereavement Certificate Training.
Sister Nancy began her ministry in education teaching upper grades and high school in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Nebraska. She then moved into parish pastoral ministry in parishes in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Missouri as well as serving as Associate Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas. She also served as Media Consultant for the Oklahoma City Archdiocese and Salina Diocese. In Wichita she taught three years at Bishop Carroll High. She had three stints at now Newman University as adjunct faculty including outreach to the Oklahoma City Archdiocesan Pastoral Care Program.
For eight years she served as an Associate Faculty member at both Rose State College and Oklahoma City University teaching Catholic Social Ministries.
While working on her CPE, she began part time pastoral care at Riverside Hospital in Wichita. Since 1997 she has been ministering as chaplain in various services of Riverside Hospital, now Via Christi Riverside Hospital: Via Christi Riverside Hospital, Via Christi Riverside Village and Via Christi Senior Service-Catholic Care Center, as well as Cornerstone and Broadmoor. She also volunteered for eight years for Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita as a respite person for caregivers.
Sister Jo Ann Mark, ASC, was born in Platte Center, NE to Gilbert and Evelyn (Schroeder) Mark. She entered the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in 1958 in Wichita, KS. She received a BA from Kansas Newman College, and an MS and Ed. D. from Oklahoma State University.
Sister Jo Ann’s ministry in academics began by teaching upper grades at St. Joseph School in McPherson, KS and then the St. Paul District School in Angelus, Kansas. Beginning in 1968, Sister served in several positions over 18 years at Kansas Newman University including: math instructor, associate professor of math, Chair of the Natural Science and Math Department, Academic Dean, and Vice President. In 1985 she served for one year as the Computer Information Systems Coordinator at Mt. St. Clare College in Clinton, Iowa, before becoming the Academic Dean at Brescia College in Owensboro, KY. In 1989 she became the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean at Brescia, a position she held until 1999 when she established the Office for Consecrated Life in the Archdiocese of Omaha. In 2000 she was elected Provincial Councilor for the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, US Region.
In 2007 Sister Jo Ann spent a year in Tanzania, Africa teaching English and is currently back at Newman University serving as Director of Institutional Research and Transfer Activities.
Sister Bernadine Wessel, ASC was born in Oakley, KS to Joseph and Mary Mindrup Wessel. She entered the Adorer of the Blood of Christ in 1957 at Wichita, KS. Sister received her BS Ed. from Sacred Heart College in Wichita and an MS Religious Education from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX.
Sister Bernadine spent nine years teaching in Catholic elementary schools in Kansas and New Mexico. She then served in religious education in seven rural parishes in Colorado, in Carlsbad, New Mexico and St. Joe in Ost, KS. From 1973 to 1976 she served on the Formation Committee for the Adorers.
In 1977, Sister Bernadine began her ministry in South Korea, primarily in the cities of Masan and Pusan. She has served in a multitude of ministries there including day care and kindergarten director, language instructor, and secretary to the ASC Foundation there. She is currently teaching English three days a week and volunteering on Sunday at the English Mass for migrant workers.