Adorers celebrate jubilees — Seven Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ recently celebrated their 2018 jubilees at the Wichita motherhouse. Front row, from left, are Sisters Florentia Riebel, who is celebrating her 84th year in the order, and Leona Riebel, 83 years; back row from left are Sisters Rita Robl, Rosina Mies, and Tarcisia Roths, 70 years; and Helen Lindsey, 65 years.

Seven Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Wichita are celebrating their jubilees this year. A Mass and dinner to mark their anniversaries were celebrated a few weeks ago by Father Tom Welk.
The jubilarians include siblings and Sisters Florentia Riebel (84 years) and Leona Riebel (83 years); Carmelita Blick (80 years); Rita Robl, Rosina Mies and Tarcisia Roths (each 70 years); and Helen Lindsey (65 years). Each of them lives in Wichita

Sisters Florentia and Leona, from Schoenchen, Kansas, took different ministry paths. Sister Florentia, certified in nursing and physical therapy, was a nurse supervisor at St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid, Oklahoma, and Artesia Memorial Hospital in Artesia, New Mexico. She was a physical therapist in St. Francis Hospital in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and in the Enid public schools. She later returned to St. Mary’s in Enid as a physical therapist, also serving there in public relations, as a home health physical therapist, emergency room nurse and a volunteer to shut-ins.

Her sibling, Sister Leona Riebel, has degrees in education, and was primary school teacher for a total of 40 years in David City, Nebraska; Carlsbad, New Mexico; Okarche, Canute and Stillwater, Oklahoma; in the Kansas towns of Aleppo, St. Marks, Ashland, Spearville and Emporia and at Christ the King, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anne and St. Margaret Mary, all in Wichita, Kansas. She later was a library conservation assistant at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. In retirement, she knits stocking caps for the poor at Christmas.

Sister Carmelita Blick, 80 years.

Sister Carmelita Blick, from Hutchinson, Kansas, has a degree in mathematics and taught for 50 years, including at Holy Family in Canute, Oklahoma; and at the Kansas schools of Sacred Heart in Ness City, St. Anthony in Bushton, St. Mary in Marienthal, St. Mary in Offerly, St. Nicholas in Kinsley, and St. Anne in Wichita. She taught high school math at Sacred Heart Academy, Madonna High School, Bishop Carrol High School, all in Wichita, Kansas, and at Aquinas High School in David City, Nebraska. She taught math at the college level at Newman University in Wichita.

Sister Tarcisia Roths, from Ransom, Kansas, has a bachelor’s degree in education, a doctorate in European history and an honorary doctor of law degree. Sister Tarcisia also received the Wing Walker Award from the Wichita Forum for Executive Women in 1996, the Bene Merenti Medal from Pope John Paul II at her 50th jubilee in 1998, and the Cardinal Newman Medal from Newman University in 2000.

She taught at Newman University from 1959 to 2005, and also was its registrar, academic dean and president. From 1979 to 1980, she was a Visiting Teacher at Taiwan Province Kaohsiung Teacher’s College in Taiwan.
She was provincial of the former Province of Wichita from 1982 to 1990, chaired the Kansas Region of Leadership Council of Women Religious and was on the LCWR national board.

Sister Rosina Mies, from Mount Hope, Kansas, spent 50 years in health care as a nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Washington, Missouri; a surgery supervisor at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and as a nurse supervisor/manager and medical/surgical manager at St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid, Oklahoma. She also was assistant to the Director of Community Life and Mission at the Wichita Center.

Sister Rita Robl, from Ellinwood, Kansas, has undergraduate and graduate degrees in education, and is certified as a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Instructor, a Reiki master, and practitioner of therapeutic touch. She also is certified in pastoral counseling.

She was a teacher for 15 years and principal for 19 years, working at All Saints School in Wichita, St. Nicholas in Kinsley, St. Patrick in Plains, St. Ann in Olmitz, Sacred Heart in Emporia, all in Kansas; and St. Eugene in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

She directed the Spirituality Center in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and was assistant to the academic dean at Newman University. In 1984, Sister Rita started the Acuto Center and was its director for eight years. She started the Great Plains Earth Institute in Wichita in 1997, serving as its director for more than 20 years.

Sister Helen Lindsey, from Guthrie, Oklahoma, has a bachelor’s degree in education, a certificate in art therapy and a Master of Fine Arts.

Sister Helen taught middle grades for a few years before serving in the Newman University art department as assistant professor of art for 25 years. She studied language and cultural studies at the University of Florence in 1969, and Carl Jung’s work at the Instituto de Storia Dell’Arte in Florence in 1970.

She spent several years caring for her mother, and later coordinated the Forever Learning Institute’s Harvest House Program, a service of Catholic Charities in Wichita, for 15 years.