Archives of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, Ruma, Illinois
November 6, 2021 November 6, 2021
This week’s #HiddenCatholicCollection features the Archives of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Ruma, Illinois. The Adorers of the Blood of Christ were founded in Italy in 1834 by St. Maria de Mattias. Nearly 40 years later, in 1870, a group of Adorers from Baden, Germany came to the United States. In 1876, with Clementine Zerr as their leader, ten professed sisters, three novices, and six candidates moved to Ruma in rural southern Illinois, a place that would eventually become the first U.S. motherhouse for the community.In 2000, the three United States’ provinces of Wichita, Kansas, Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Ruma, Illinois converged to form the United States Region of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ.Today, the archives in Ruma houses the first documents of the United States Adorers with the archives in Wichita holding the Columbia and Wichita archives.The region has one archives with two sites in Ruma and Wichita.
The Ruma archives had 367 linear feet of shelving with 22 feet of vertical files, and shelving for audio and videotapes, and photographs. A rich source of early documents, ledgers, and books from Germany, the collection also contains the house annals for the schools and hospitals where the Sisters ministered,individual files for each Sister, records from sponsored ministries, and primary sources for their missions in China, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, and Guatemala.The Ruma archives are enhanced with the collected writings of Sister-authors, the artwork of Sister-artists, artifacts from our early history, and extensive documentation for the deaths of our five Sisters killed in Liberia in 1992.
For the Ruma Archives: Regina Siegfried, ASC, archivist
Adorers of the Blood of Christ
2 Pioneer Lane
Red Bud, Illinois 62278