Missionaries of Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC)



Maria De Mattias was born on February 4, 1805,into a privileged family in the small mountain village of Vallecorsa, Italy. Due to political and social upheaval in Italy at the time, many people lacked the good quality of life that she enjoyed. But even with all of her privilege, she had to teach herself to read and write because women did not receive formal education at the time. She felt a calling at a young age to change that.

She believed that the calling was from God and experienced a mystical vision at 16 that ignited her passion for improving the lives of those in her community.

On the advice of Saint Gaspar del Bufalo, C.PP.S., founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood,and with the help of her mentor Giovanni Merlini,C.PP.S., Maria founded on March 4, 1834, the Congregation of the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ. She died in 1866.

Maria was canonized by Pope John Paul II on 18th May, 2003. Her remains are venerated in Rome at the church of the Precious Blood, at the Generalate of the congregation she founded. The feast day of
our Congregation recognized by the Holy Church is on February 4th, the birthday of St. Maria De Mattias.

Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC) are spread in all the continents of the world. The ASC Family is a community of Adorers of the Blood of Christ Religious Sisters and those Inspired by our values and
spirituality. The Adorers were founded by St. Maria de Mattias in Italy and came to Tanzania in1969.

The ASC Spirituality

Our Charism as Adorers of the Blood of Christ is deeply rooted in the death resurrection mystery of Jesus. Ours is a Paschal identity signed in the blood of the lamb. St.Maria De Mattias wanted to help to bring about “that beautiful order of things which the great Son of God came to establish in His Blood”. St. Maria had a very strong desire to share the Cross with Christ. “Happy will we be”, she wrote to them, “if we can give our lives and all our blood for the faith, in order to save even one person”. (ASC Constitution)

The ASC Community

Christ Jesus, who has brought us together as adorers of His saving Blood, is the radiant centre of our life in community. Each of us is called by the Lord to contribute toward building a genuine faith communion among us. Therefore, we try to live together as sisters and friends, loving each other as Christ has loved us. As an apostolic community we try continually to become a Eucharistic faith communion of persons existing for mission in the Church and society. (Asc Constitution)

Mission in Eswatini

(Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Eswatini)

On 27/03/2023 three sisters arrived from Tanzania. These are Sr.
Estar James Kiduguru, Sr. Margarita Silivery Ngoi and Sr. Lilian
Stuart Kasembe.

They began to learn the language, culture and participate in the
mission in the Parish of Holy Rosary Mankayane.

On 29 /09/2023 they arrived at the parish of the Good shepherd at
Siteki. The place where they are assigned to provide services.
They continue to study the environment and cooperate with the
Diocese of Manzini and the Parish by living the Charism of the
Congregation of the Sisters of the Blood of Christ in response to
the cry of Blood.

Address: Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ
P. O. BOX 7
Telephone: +268 78052569 / +255 755 756 368
+ 268 7803 4024