Congratulations to Fr. Gerald Dreiling, C.PP.S., who this year is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his ordination.
Fr. Dreiling, 90, a native of Kansas City, Mo., entered the Society in 1950 and was ordained on June 1, 1958. He has been a missionary to Chile and Peru for over 40 years.
Fr. Dreiling first went to Chile as a missionary in 1960, where he served in parishes until 1967. He returned briefly to the U.S. before volunteering to serve once again in South America, this time in the C.PP.S. mission in Peru, where he still makes his home. In Peru he has served in parishes and also founded and operates the Asociacion Cultural San Jeronimo, which provides continuing education to the teachers of Peru.
Fr. Dreiling’s anniversary, along with the milestone anniversaries of 12 other Missionaries of the Precious Blood of the Cincinnati Province, signifying hundreds of years of ministerial service to God’s people, will be celebrated in a special liturgy on July 2 at St. Charles Center.
“The lives of these C.PP.S. priests and brothers are an example of faithfulness and commitment for all of us,” said Fr. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S., provincial director of the Cincinnati Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. “We thank God for their lives of service, which have brought so much good to so many.”
The Missionaries of the Precious Blood is a religious society of priests, brothers and lay associates founded in 1815 by St. Gaspar del Bufalo. Society members work as missionaries in parishes in the U.S. and abroad, in education and in a wide range of apostolates, promoting the cause of God’s reconciliation worldwide by proclaiming the Word.