Newman University students, staff and faculty now have a more convenient way to connect with the university’s founding order and sponsor, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC).
Sr. Therese Wetta said the goal of the university’s ASC Presence Mission Task Force is to have a larger footprint on campus in order to continue building strong relationships with the Newman community.
The idea is to have an ASC sister at various campus locations to be available for conversation, to answer questions or simply to pray with those who seek spiritual connection.
Wetta was excited to be the first to jump at the opportunity and found several days and times that would work with her calendar.
“Some of us thought this would be a great way to be seen and to develop relationships with students — but also the staff and faculty,” said Wetta. “It’s all about being available, meeting new students and just being present for conversation or prayer.”
They will also use monitors around campus to promote upcoming events, offer prayer and scripture and share celebratory news about the ASC sisters.
The ASC, founded by St. Maria De Mattias in 1834, established a central house in Wichita, Kansas in 1902. The Wichita province founded Sacred Heart Junior College, now known as Newman University, in 1933 to provide an education in the fields of teaching, nursing, secretarial science and home economics.
Today, ASC sisters around the world continue to pray for the Newman community in Wichita.
This newest campus presence initiative is just one more way the Wichita ASC sisters continue to stay connected with Newman students, staff and faculty. From monthly spaghetti dinners to welcoming new students moving into the residence halls, the ASC have been a strong presence at Newman.
Wetta’s first visit on campus will take place from 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 3 in the De Mattias Hall Gorges Atrium. Other scheduled times can be found weekly on monitors located in campus buildings.