Priests & Brothers

Missionaries of the Precious Blood are composed of priests and brothers who share a commitment to reach out to those who are lost or forsaken. They are encouraged to dream new dreams, following God’s call in the tradition of their founder St. Gaspar del Bufalo to serve the people of God in ways that will invigorate God’s Church. Our priests and brothers live as a family and find in each other the support and friendship that sustains them in their ministries.

Precious Blood priests take great joy in celebrating the sacraments and in serving God’s people in a variety of ministries which include, but are not limited to: pastors, preachers, teachers, reconcilers, authors, retreat leaders, and chaplains.

Precious Blood brothers serve the people of God as teachers, preachers, artists, chaplains, vocation ministers, musicians and sacristans, to name a few. They serve in parishes, schools, and hospitals or wherever God calls them.

No matter where and how they serve, Precious Blood priests and brothers are missionaries. They also live as one with the people they serve. “We’re just folks,” said our Moderator General, Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, CPP.S. “There’s a humanness to us. Our becoming priests or brothers does not remove us from the world. We have a very ordinary way of being present to the people.”

Precious Blood priests talk about their vocation:
  • “Who will speak (for the poor, the lonely, the abandoned) if we don’t? This isn’t just my voice. This is the voice of Jesus calling out for all people.”
  • “We believe that the Eucharist is life. Life for all. But we can’t stop there. We can’t simply stay in the belief mode. The Eucharist calls us to share the love of God with the entire world.”
  • “Religious vocations are found in saints and sinners alike, in people who have always been faithful, and in those who have made a return to the Lord through a moment of grace.”
Precious Blood brothers describe their lives:
  • “Brothers are bridge-builders between the ordained clergy and the laity.”
  • “A brother is a man who shares the life force of the Precious Blood, who walks hand-in-hand with others and reaches out to those in need.”
  •  “We have got to have room for brothers who want to live simply in our Community, for those who work behind the scenes.”

Priest and Brother Profiles

Br. Juan Acuña, C.PP.S.
Fr. Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S.
Br. Jim Ballmann C.PP.S.
Br. Benjamin Basile, C.PP.S.
Fr. Antonio Baus, C.PP.S.
Br. Tom Bohman, C.PP.S.
Fr. Harold Brown, C.PP.S.
Br. Tim Cahill, C.PP.S.
Deacon Tomas Chamaya Alva
Fr. Alex Chasnamote Puga, C.PP.S.
Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S.
Fr. Stephen Dos Santos, C.PP.S.
Fr. James Dugal, C.PP.S.
Br. Joe Fisher, C.PP.S.
Fr. Tony Fortman, C.PP.S.
Fr. Rick Friebel, C.PP.S.
Br. Tim Hemm, C.PP.S.
Fr. Matthew Jozefiak, C.PP.S.
Fr. John E. Kalicky, C.PP.S.
Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S.
Fr. Denny Kinderman , C.PP.S.
Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S.
Fr. Scott Kramer, C.PP.S.
Fr. Tim McFarland, C.PP.S.
Fr. Alfred Naseman, C.PP.S.
Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S.
Br. Terry Nufer, C.PP.S.
Fr. Patrick Patterson, C.PP.S.
Br. Rob Reuter, C.PP.S.,
Br. Santos Mateo, C.PP.S.
Br. Matt Schaefer, C.PP.S.
Br. Jerry Schulte, C.PP.S.
Br. Ton Sison, C.PP.S.
Br. Jerry Schwieterman, C.PP.S.
Br. Victor Yoc, C.PP.S.

Br. Juan Acuña, C.PP.S.

Born: Santiago, Chile

Joined the Missionaries: 2007

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
Mainly studying in a Precious Blood school in Chile and getting to know Priests and Sisters of the Precious Blood. Also, participating with them in missions and voluntary work in poor areas of Santiago and indigenous regions in the south of Chile.

What is your current assignment?
I am part of the staff at the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation in Chicago. We work with court involved youth and their families in the south side of the city. I am also the webmaster and English-Spanish translator for the C.PP.S. General Curia in Rome.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
Working with people from different cultures, languages, and walks of life.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
Working with people from different cultures, languages, and walks of life.  🙂

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
I was a financial analyst for the Department of Housing and Urban Planning of the Government of Chile.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Playing my guitar and charango, watching movies, visiting with friends, photography, traveling  and getting to see new and interesting places. I also like playing with electronics. I just built an “Ambilight” clone for my TV and a light sequencer to put together a light show during Christmas hopefully.

Aside from St. Gaspar, what are some of your favorite Saints?
Saint Francis of Assisi who I got to know as a cub scout, and St. Alberto Hurtado from Chile for his commitment with social justice issues in my country.

What is your favorite prayer?
I have a couple but this one speaks to me in a special way:
Let nothing trouble you, let nothing frighten you. All things are passing; God never changes.
Patience obtains all things. He who possesses God lacks nothing: God alone suffices.
– St. Teresa of Avila.

What is your favorite:
BookComplete Idiot’s Guide to Football (essential during my time of formation to make sense of this sport).
Food: “Lomito Italiano” at the “Fuente Alemana” in Santiago Chile
MovieLes Choristes
Holiday: Thanskgiving (USA) / Sept. 18 (Chile)
TV ShowBig Bang Theory

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
I don’t watch the show but I think I can do pretty well in most categories.

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Snorkeling, I love swimming.

Fr. Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S.

Born: Wapakoneta, Ohio

Joined the Missionaries: 1985

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
My home parish was staffed by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, and their down to earth presence was attractive to me as I discerned God’s call. I come from a large family and community life is important to me.

What is your current assignment?
I serve as pastor of three parishes in Downtown Dayton, Ohio—St. Joseph, Emmanuel and Holy Trinity.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
Pastoring three parishes that have parishioners from 40 zip code areas demands flexibility and patience as we seek to build community.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
The great diversity of people means there is never a dull moment.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
I was a florist in a flower shop in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy gardening, doing floral arrangements, music and helping to plan community events.

Aside from St. Gaspar, what are some of your favorite Saints?
St. Anthony of Padua, St. Phillip Neri, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Francis of Assisi, Our Lady of the Precious Blood.

What is your favorite prayer?
Liturgy of the Hours

What is your favorite:
Book: Anything by Henri Nouwen
Food: Italian
MovieA Christmas Carol
Holiday: Christmas
TV ShowElementary

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
Zero!

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Snorkeling…although I’d rather be gardening if could opt out of those two choices.

Br. Jim Ballmann C.PP.S.

Born: Dayton, Ohio

Joined the Missionaries: 1962

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
My parish priests: Msgr. Bernard Beckmeyer and Fr. Otto Diller, C.PP.S.

What is your current assignment?
Database administrator at Calumet College of St. Joseph.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
Teaching computer literacy to students who “have to take the class” as part of the curriculum.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
Helping students achieve their potential at Calumet College of St. Joseph.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
Lived with my family before entering the seminary after the 8th grade.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Reading, swimming, bicycling, and teaching swimming lessons.

Aside from St. Gaspar, who are some of your favorite Saints?
St. Joseph, St. Dismas

What is your favorite prayer?
The Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

What is your favorite:
BookChronicles of Narnia
Food: Pizza
MovieLord of the Rings
Holiday: Thanksgiving
TV Show: Weather reports on the news

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?|
$0.00

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Snorkeling

Br. Benjamin Basile, C.PP.S.

Born: Mt. Holly, New Jersey

Joined the Missionaries: 1966

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
My home parish in New Jersey had week-long missions each June, conducted by Precious Blood priests. I got to know several of the Missionaries while still in grade school, and I liked their style.

What is your current assignment?
Associate Professor of Mathematics at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Hammond, Indiana (for 34 years!). Along with that as my “day job,” I’ve been involved with music ministry at various parishes over the years.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
The “daily grind” of an academic schedule and figuring out how best to meet individual students’ needs to help them succeed.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
Helping students grow and be successful, setting them on a path to actualize their potential.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
I joined while a student at St. Joseph’s College. In high school in 1965 I had a part-time job which included making Kentucky Fried Chicken. In those days it was made from scratch. Colonel Sanders paid us a surprise visit one day and tasted some that I had just made. He told me I was doing a great job. (No, he didn’t tell me it was “finger-lickin’ good,” but I knew it was.)

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I just finished a project restoring a small pipe organ from 1898. (Her name is “Martha.”) I’m also into audio equipment and audio restoration. I have a collection of way too many LP’s and other sound recordings and even a collection of 45-rpm record players (the records with the big holes) from the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Aside from St. Gaspar, what are some of your favorite Saints?
St. Joseph, because he was practical and steadfast, caring and dependable. I hope I show some of those qualities.

What is your favorite prayer?
The Our Father, because it was the first prayer my mother taught me and because it says it all.

What is your favorite:
Book:  Usually the one I just finished. I recently read a murder mystery involving an organ builder.
Food: Italian
MovieHugo
Holiday: Christmas
TV ShowElementary

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
I hope I would be pretty successful. I know I would enjoy it.

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Snorkeling, although I’d like to skydive once.

Fr. Antonio Baus, C.PP.S.

Born: Santiago, Chile

Joined the Missionaries: 1979

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
I am an alumni of St. Gaspar College in Santiago, Chile.  I met the missionaries since early childhood. St. Gaspar’s is a school that goes from early Play Group grade up to high school.

What is your current assignment?
I am the principal at St. Gaspar College in Santiago, Chile.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
To have to deal with the expectations of a modern school and to keep the catholic identity in modern society.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
To know that we are gifted by being participants in the educational process of our students. It is a great opportunity to influence and make Christian values permeate the lives of so many students.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
I was studying geography at the University of Chile.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I like to read, watch movies, visit with friends, eat a good meal…

Aside from St. Gaspar, who are some of your favorite Saints?
St. Francis, St. Benedict, St. John XXIII

What is your favorite prayer?
The Prayer of Saint Francis.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

What is your favorite:
BookLa Misión en Chile by Claude Bowers
Food: Barbecue pork ribs
MoviesCasablancaChocolatDoctor Zhivago
Holiday: Easter Sunday
TV ShowThe Honeymooners

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
I loved snorkeling…I would try it again!

Br. Tom Bohman, C.PP.S.

Born: Celina, Ohio

Joined the Missionaries: 1975

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
Family, priests and brothers I met.

What is your current assignment?
St. James the Less

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
Learning and using more Spanish

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
Working with those who are on the edge of American society whether old or young

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
Began at Brunnerdale in 1966

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Sports, walking, bicycling, gardening

Aside from St. Gaspar, who are some of your favorite Saints?
St. Andre Besette, St. Martin de Porres

What is your favorite prayer?
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

What is your favorite:
Book: Brother Andre
Food: Fish
Movie: Man for All Seasons
Holiday: Memorial Day
TV Show: Hill Street Blues

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
$4,000.00

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Skydiving

Fr. Harold Brown, C.PP.S.

Born: Wapakoneta, Ohio

Joined the Missionaries:
1946 – started as a freshman at Brunnerdale Seminary in Canton.
1959 – ordained

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
Prayerful, good example of my C.PP.S. pastor, Fr. Bernard Condon.

What is your current assignment?
Semi-retired staff member of the Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Bellevue, Ohio.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
Hours in the Confessional as many come to Confession at the Shrine. Very rewarding work!

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
Probably hearing Confessions, and thus healing many pilgrims.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
Lived on the farm and attended public grade school. 11 children (siblings) were born before I went to the seminary. Two more children were born after I went.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Visiting historic places and museums. I love history!

Aside from St. Gaspar, what are some of your favorite Saints?
St. Francis of Assisi, St. John Vianney, St Francis Xavier, St John Paul II, Blessed Mother Teresa, St. Padre Pio. And – Mary & Joseph!

What is your favorite prayer?
Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit . . .

What is your favorite:
Book: the Bible – always new and fascinating!
Food:  Angel food cake
MovieThe Ten Commandments
Holiday: Christmas
TV Show: Bill O’Reilly – Fox News – The Factor

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Neither

Br. Tim Cahill, C.PP.S.

Brother Timothy Cahill, C.PP.S., has the perfect personality for working with youth. A teacher at St. Peter School in Huber Heights, Ohio, he is a mentor and guide for kids who need a listening ear.

Brother Tim also volunteers at Huber Heights Fire Division and at Station #22 as an instructor/teacher for CERT, First Aid, and CPR to the community. He serves as chaplain to the Young Marines, spirituality advisor to St. Peter’s Conference of St. Vincent de Paul, and mentor to St. Peter’s School Youth Conference, which is the first St. Vincent de Paul Youth Conference in Ohio.

Brother Tim gives a lot of his time and talents to help today’s youth. Thank you, Brother Tim, and may God bless you!

Deacon Tomas Chamaya Alva

Lugar de Nacimiento: Cayalti-Chiclayo, Peru

Cuando entraste a los Misioneros (Año)1999

¿Qué te atrajo a los Misioneros de la Preciosa Sangre?
El carisma misionero

¿Qué es to ministerio actual?
Soy diácono y dirijo el centro de espiritualidad en Lima-Peru y colaboro en la la Parroquia San Francisco de Borja.

¿Qué es el aspecto más gratificante de tu ministerio?
Bautizar, predicar y asumir la formación permanente.

¿Qué hiciste antes de entra a los Misioneros?
Estudie informática y trabajaba en una empresa.

¿Qué te gusta hacer con tu tiempo libre?
Pintar, los bonsái, todo lo que es arte.

Aparte de San Gaspar, ¿Quiénes son algunos de tus Santos favoritos?
San Francisco de Asís.

¿Cuál es tu oración favorita?
Nada te turbe, nada te espante, todo se pasa, Dios no se muda. La paciencia todo lo alcanza. Quien a Dios tiene nada le falta.

¿Cuál es to …… favorito/a?

  • Libro: Metamorfosis. Frank Kafka
  • Comida: Ceviche de pescado
  • Pelicula: Los coristas.
  • Dia de fiesta: navidad
  • Show de Televisión: la voz

¿Prefieres ir paracaidismo o esnórquel?
Ninguno.

Fr. Alex Chasnamote Puga, C.PP.S.

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Yurimaguas, Loreto – Peru                                                      

¿Cuándo entraste a los Misioneros?:

Enero Del 2002

¿Qué te atrajo a los Misioneros de la Preciosa Sangre?:
La hospitalidad de parte de los miembros, y el término misionero.

¿Cuál es tu ministerio actual?:
Promotor del cep “San Francisco de Borja”.

¿Cuál es el aspecto más retozo/difícil de tu ministerio?:
El idioma ingles.

¿Cuál es el aspecto más gratificante de tu ministerio?:
Experimentar un clima familiar.

¿Qué hiciste antes de entrar a los Misioneros?:
Trabajé 5 años en la tienda importaciones “San Antonio” (en el área de mantenimiento) y 1 año en agua de mesa “San Andres” (Administrando las ventas).

¿Qué te gusta hacer con tu tiempo libre?:
Ir al cine, leer, pintar al oleo y dibujos.

Aparte de San Gaspar, ¿Quiénes son algunos de tus Santos favoritos?:
San Francisco de Asis; Por devoción de mi madre, “El Señor de los Milagros”.

¿Cuál es tu …… favorito/a?

Libro: San Gaspar “El Santo Del Pueblo”; Divina Comedia;
Cien Años de Soledad

Comida: Lagarto o Caiman Asado

Película: Operación Dragon

Show de Televisión: Programas de motos y reparadores de autos

¿Prefieres ir de paracaidismo o esnórquel?:
Viajar en moto y/o auto, caminar.

¿Cuál es tu oración favorita?:

Hay Un Tiempo Para Todo

Hay un momento para todo y un tiempo para cada cosa bajo el cielo:

Un tiempo para nacer y un tiempo para morir; un tiempo para plantar y un tiempo para arrancar lo plantado;

Un tiempo para matar y un tiempo para curar; un tiempo para destruir y un tiempo para edificar;

Un tiempo para llorar y un tiempo para reír; un tiempo para lamentarse y un tiempo para bailar;

Un tiempo para tirar piedras y un tiempo para recogerlas; un tiempo para abrazar y un tiempo para abstenerse de abrazos;

Un tiempo para buscar y un tiempo para perder; un tiempo para guardar y un tiempo para tirar;

Un tiempo para rasgar y un tiempo para coser; un tiempo para callar y un tiempo para hablar;

Un tiempo para amar y un tiempo para odiar; un tiempo para la guerra y un tiempo para la paz.

Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S.

Born:  Cleveland, OH

Joined the Missionaries:
Entered formation program 1969
Incorporated 1978
Definitively Incorporated 1980

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
When my family moved to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Cleveland, I met several Missionaries of the Precious Blood who were friendly, down to earth, and encouraged me and others to consider joining them.

What is your current assignment?
Pastor, Church of the Resurrection, Cincinnati OH.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
I minister in a predominantly African American parish, and I am a European American. As much as I try to understand, respect and admire this culture, in some ways I will always be an outsider.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
I have had the opportunity to bring four parishes together to form one new parish community. I have been privileged to be part of the lives of people at very significant moments in their lives. I have been loved and challenged by the people I serve.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
I was only 15 years old when I entered the formation program of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. I grew up in the community.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love to cook, listen to the symphony, read and try to solve mysteries before I get to the end of the book.

Aside from St. Gaspar, who are some of your favorite Saints?
Most of my favorite saints have not yet been canonized. They include members of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, my grandmothers, people I’ve known and ministered with in parishes and other places around the world. I was privileged to have met two of the women from Cleveland who were martyred in El Salvador in 1980. I especially remember having drinks and a conversation with Jean Donovan just before she returned to El Salvador. I also knew two of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, martyrs of charity in Liberian 1992. Agnes Mueller, ASC was part of a retreat I participated in at the Spiritual Center of Maria Stein. It was the first retreat for men and women from various Precious Blood communities in the United States.

What is your favorite prayer?
I have always loved the Magnificat. Whenever I pray it, I remember that God who is mighty has done great things for me and holy is God’s name.

The Magnificat (the Prayer of Mary)
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever. (Lk 1:46-55)

What is your favorite:
Book:  Whatever book I happen to be reading at the time.
Food:  Chicken paprika – Its Hungarian, like me.
Holiday: Christmas

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
$10,000 – if I could only push the button fast enough.

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
I’ve never wanted to get out of a plane before it landed, but have enjoyed snorkeling several times over reefs in the Caribbean.

Fr. Stephen Dos Santos, C.PP.S.

Born: Alameda, CA, USA

Joined the Missionaries:
Entered formation: August 1999
First Incorporated: June 26, 2002
Ordained: May 20, 2006

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
I grew up in a Precious Blood Parish (St. Barnabas). In many ways I fell in love with the Spirituality first. I was an active member of the parish, and became a Companion (lay associate). The other piece for me is the relationship I had with the men over the years. I remember Fr. John Klopke, C.PP.S., growing up, who I always remember as a very human/very funny man. Others over the years who influenced my joining would be C.PP.S. Frs. Gary Luiz, and Jeff Keyes.

What is your current assignment?
I currently work in Provincial Administration. I am the Provincial Secretary and a member of the Provincial Council. I assist our Provincial Director in doing the work of administering the Province. One unique element of my ministry is the translation. About 1/3 of our Province lives in Latin America, and I assist with the communication that flows between Dayton and Latin America. I also do what we call “sacramental supply” ministry. I am not assigned to a particular parish, but go to a number of different parishes to celebrate Eucharist.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
The most challenging element of my current assignment is riding a desk. Every morning I remind myself that what I do enables and assists all of our other Missionaries to do the ministry they do.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
Hands down the most rewarding thing I get to do is celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Because I am available, I get asked to help with Reconciliation at High School retreats a lot. Hearing Confessions is always an honor and a humbling experience, but on retreats, these young men and women have had a chance to reflect on where God is calling them to Conversion in their lives and relationships. It is such an honor and a grace that I get to be there for those young people.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
Before I discerned my call, my plan was to eventually open and operate my own restaurant. I enjoy cooking and love taking care of people. So for about eight years after college, I worked as a restaurant Manager. I’ve worked every position there is in a restaurant.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Sitting on the porch and reading, Archery, movies.
Although sometimes, the best thing to do is nothing.

Aside from St. Gaspar, what are some of your favorite Saints?
St. Lawrence the Deacon, Patron Saint of Chefs, mostly because he was a bit of a snark.
St. Maximillian Kolbe, because of his incredible bravery.
Hagia Photini, she’s an Orthodox Saint. We know her as the Woman at the well. The Orthodox honor her as a saint and “equal to the Apostles”

What is your favorite prayer?
The Jesus Prayer
Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

What is your favorite:
These are tough to answer.
Book: The Narnia Chronicles: Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis.
Food: I’m a fan of Breakfast: Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs with gravy, oh and crispy potatoes.
Movies:
Departures is a wonderful Japanese film I stumbled on a few years ago.
House of the Flying Daggers is a visually stunning Kung-Fu movie.
Spanglish, the last line of the movie is amazing.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) although the boat scene is really creepy.
A Christmas Story “You’ll shoot your eye out”.
Holiday: Thanksgiving, it is the one holiday that we all (in the USA) celebrate together. Oh and Black Friday is an abomination!
TV Show: Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. At one point in my life I wanted to own my own restaurant, and these are the kinds of places I would have wanted to operate.

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
$9,601

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Snorkeling – I see no reason to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.

Fr. James Dugal, C.PP.S.

Born: 6/29/29, Jackson, MI

Joined the Missionaries: 1948

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
A C.PP.S. priest assigned to our parish – Fr. Richard Baird, C.PP.S. He worked with teens in sports. I also worked at the parish – maintenance. He brought 3 of us to see St. Charles Seminary.

What is your current assignment?
To pray for the C.PP.S. – retirement.
Do substitute work in surrounding parishes.
Conduct occasional retreat days at Maria Stein.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
Taking the time to write talks and homilies.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
Meeting people and preaching.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
High school – sports.
Delivered papers.
Worked at paint store, laundromat, and jewelry store.
Shoveled snow.
Cleaned Grandpa’s shoe repair shop.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Golf
Cards
Watch Reds on TV
Visit friends

Aside from St. Gaspar, who are some of your favorite Saints?
Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Theresa (Little Flower), St Francis

What is your favorite prayer?
Rosary

What is your favorite:

Books: Bible
             My Name is Ken: and I Will Be Your Waiter for a Long, Long Time . . . by Ken Untener
             My Life With the Saints and Jesus by James Martin
Food: Sausage and sauerkraut
Movie: Blind Side
Holiday: Easter
TV Show: News, Sports, Wheel of Fortune

 
How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
$100.00

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Snorkeling – I like the water and fish.

 

Br. Joe Fisher, C.PP.S.

Brother Joe Fisher, C.PP.S., who grew up on a farm outside of Wapakoneta, Ohio, has been our provincial treasurer for 30 years.

From the time he was in fourth or fifth grade, Brother Joe thought about a life spent in service to the Church, but priesthood never felt like a good fit for him. In the sixth grade, he became a server and then was invited to the annual server’s picnic held in those days at St. Charles Seminary (now St. Charles Center) in Carthagena, Ohio. “It was really fun!” he said. “You got to see the seminarians playing ball, fishing and swimming.” There was a vocations tent set up in the grove, and so, “kind of on a dare,” Joe filled out a card asking for more information.

That fall, on a late Saturday afternoon, “we were sowing clover in a wheat field and wouldn’t you know it, up the lane comes a car. Who gets out but Br. John Bruney,” there to talk to young Joe Fisher and his parents about the vocation of religious brother.

The rest is history. He enrolled at Brunnerdale, the Society’s high school seminary, then graduated from Saint Joseph’s College, where he earned an accounting degree. He was professed a brother in 1977 and later earned an MBA from the University of Dayton. Taking care of the Society’s funds is a ministry to him; by watching over the accounts, he’s ensuring that funds will be available to take care of the needs of his brothers in community.”

If you’re hearing a calling from God, he said, “Pay attention to it. Do a little research. Maybe talk to someone who is a religious, talk to somebody you can trust. My idea always was that it’s not my calling – I’m being called.”

Fr. Tony Fortman, C.PP.S.

Born: Lima, OH

Joined the Missionaries: 1997

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
I grew up with C.PP.S. religious at my home town parish in Ottawa.

What is your current assignment?
Parish pastor at St. John the Baptist parish in Glandorf, OH.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
Being patient.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
Having mass, hearing confessions, and anointing the sick.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
I worked in social work and in a factory.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Riding a bike and going on vacations.

Aside from St. Gaspar, who are some of your favorite Saints?
Padre Pio and Saint Therese, “The Little Flower”

What is your favorite prayer?
The rosary.

What is your favorite:
BookHail Holy Queen
Food: Mashed Potatoes
MovieStar Wars
Holiday: Christmas
TV ShowA.D.

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
$33,000

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Snorkeling

Fr. Rick Friebel, C.PP.S.

Born: Shelby, OH

Joined the Missionaries: 1978

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
The gifts (charism) and men serving at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Cleveland, Ohio. One man stood out for me, Fr. Ed Novotny, C.PP.S.

What is your current assignment?
I am currently the Parochial Vicar of 4 parishes in Ohio served by the Missionaries – St. John the Baptist, Glandorf; St. Michael the Archangel, Kalida; St. John the Baptist, Continental; St. Peter & Paul, Ottawa.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
Bing able to NOT be selective of one parish over another. Trying to remember the names of the parishioners is a real problem for me.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
Being able to share the Good News through my Sunday homilies.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
I was a student when I joined the Missionaries – I began at Brunnerdale High School Seminary.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

  • Reading and studying business and economics.
  • Playing golf
  • Watching sports – especially all my Cleveland pro teams.

Aside from St. Gaspar, what are some of your favorite Saints?
I am impressed with St. Padre Pio, St. Maximillian Kolbe, St. John Paul II, and St. John XXIII.

What is your favorite:
BookThe Restless Heart by Ronald Rolheiser
Food: Filet mignon – medium rare
MovieBrian’s Song
Holiday: Christmas
TV ShowWest Wing

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
$1,000.00

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Skydiving

What is your favorite prayer?
Rosary
Seven Offerings of the Precious Blood
Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
 
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.

Br. Tim Hemm, C.PP.S.

Brother Tim Hemm, C.PP.S., has been part of life on the campus of Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., since 1972.

Brother Tim said he felt that he was being called to the consecrated life but wasn’t sure how to serve. “Then when I got here to the college and realized what brothers did, that was it,” he said. “Plumbing, carpentry, janitorial, medical, electrical, mechanical—all of that work was being done by brothers.”

So Brother Tim went to work and has been an essential part of the life of the college ever since. He’s done manual labor but also reaches out to students as a campus minister, organizing Kairos retreats that have brought spiritual enrichment to so many. In campus ministry, he says, it’s important to trust students to assume leadership roles. “The trick for me is patience,” he said. “So often, the temptation is to pick up the thing and do it myself. But you have to trust the students. A lot of people don’t understand how much these kids can do—but I’ve seen it.”

Brother Tim’s door is always open to students who need to talk—something that’s been particularly meaningful this year. Due to an untenable financial situation, Saint Joseph’s will suspend operations after commencement on May 6. It’s been difficult for everyone to come to terms with the decision, and Brother Tim, to whom the campus is home, has had to minister to students, staff and faculty while dealing with his own grief. May God bless you in your ministry, Brother Tim, and may you be consoled by the thought of all the young adults you’ve sent out into the world, ready to lead.

Fr. Matthew Jozefiak, C.PP.S.

Born: Chicago, Illinois

Joined the Missionaries: 1982

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
The fine priests at St. Joseph’s College.

What is your current assignment?
Pastor, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Ottawa, Ohio

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
Finding the energy for all that needs to be done, given my limited physical health.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment? Experiencing the Spirit of God working among our men, women, and children.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
Studying for a career in Accounting.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Entering contests on-line. I’ve won a few quite exciting prizes and some funny ones. Walking my dog Jack-Jack and playing ball with him.

Aside from St. Gaspar, what are some of your favorite Saints?
Blessed Mother, St Joseph, St Therese the Little Flower, St Peter, and St Michael.

What is your favorite prayer?
Offering the Sacrifice of the Mass

What is your favorite:
Book: The Bible
Food: Chicago Pizza
MovieIt’s a Wonderful Life
Holiday: Thanksgiving
TV ShowAndy Griffith

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
$3.88 as my mind doesn’t work that fast anymore.

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Neither. I’m afraid of heights and a poor swimmer.

Fr. John E. Kalicky, C.PP.S.

Born: October 13, 1934 in Whiting, Indiana

Joined the Missionaries: 1948 (entered Brunnerdale High School Seminary)

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
The fine example and words of encouragement from the CPPS priests who ministered at St. John the Baptist Parish in Whiting, Indiana.

What is your current assignment?
Retired.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
Making the adjustment from 54 years of active ministry to retirement.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
I now have more quality time to read, pray, golf, and just plain relax and still enjoy the privilege to minister as “fill-in” at parishes when needed.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
I joined Brunnerdale high school Seminary after eighth grade in 1948.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy travelling, reading, golfing, and wood carving.

Aside from St. Gaspar, who are some of your favorite Saints?
St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Pope John Paul II, St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

What is your favorite prayer?
The Our Father and Hail Mary.

What is your favorite:
Book: Bible; Bill O’Reilly’s three books: The Killing of JesusThe Killing of Lincoln, The Killing of Patton
Food: No one item in particular. I’ve been blessed with a universal appetite.
Holiday: Christmas and Easter

How much could you earn on Jeopardy?
Very, very little but I would have fun trying.

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Rather fly and/or snow ski.

Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S.

Born: Lima, Ohio – family lived in Wapakoneta. Fifth grade we moved to Greenville, Ohio.

Joined the Missionaries:
Brunnerdale High School Seminary: 1969-73
Professed: 1979
Ordained: 1982

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?  My uncle was a Missionary of the Precious Blood (John Byrne) and C.PP.S. staffed Wapakoneta, Ohio.

What is your current assignment?
Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR) and Kolbe House, Archdiocese of Chicago Jail Ministry.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
Working with systems (Courts, schools, etc ) that see punishment as the only response to conflict.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
Being a part of the lives of the youth and families who are incarcerated and those coming home and are now a part of PBMR.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
I was a kid….been with C.PP.S. since 14.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Running, biking.

Aside from St. Gaspar, who are some of your favorite Saints?
Maximilian Kolbe

What is your favorite prayer?
Beatitudes

What is your favorite:
BookThe Sunflower, by Simon Wiesenthal; Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
Food: Fish tacos
MovieShawshank Redemption
Holiday: Thanksgiving
TV ShowElementary

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
$0.00

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Snorkeling. I ain’t jumping out of a perfectly good plane.

Fr. Denny Kinderman , C.PP.S.

Born: Dayton, Ohio

Joined the Missionaries: 1961

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
I was familiar with Brunnerdale (C.PP.S. high school seminary) and had a cousin I thought was cool and fun who was a C.PP.S. priest, so I gave it a try out of the 8th grade.

What is your current assignment?
I’m in Chicago at our Precious Blood Center for Reconciliation where I am a mentor to several youth who are or have been in juvenile detention, and I often go to court with them and their family and offer hospitality and care for whoever shows up at our center on the south side.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
Not giving up but continuing to be where I think God has placed me – often in the middle of some difficult and challenging situations. We know too many youth who have been shot or lost their lives in the streets and whose families suffer their loss. Our spirituality sustains us.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
Youth who survive the poverty and dangers of the streets – especially the occasional success of one or the other entering college or graduating from high school (even though our neighborhood high schools offer inadequate education). Times when the youth can be free enough to enjoy being youth without having to “watch their backs” or times when youth tell others how our PB Center has helped them.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
Growing up with an older sister and brother and a younger sister and two loving parents, I entered Brunnerdale high school seminary out of the 8th grade.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Bike riding, jogging, playing with Francis (my dog), listening to music, reading … but there really isn’t much spare time in my life 🙂

Aside from St. Gaspar, who are some of your favorite Saints?
St. Francis of Assisi – and you’re right Gaspar del Bufalo is my favorite especially because of his work with the “banditi” (outlaws of his day) which encourages and helps sustain me in my youth detention and jail ministry.

What is your favorite prayer?
Gee, let me think. The “Hail, Mary” kicks into gear in stressful moments; I like the Lord’s prayer and a variety of prayers in our C.PP.S. prayerbook.

What is your favorite:
Book: usually what I am currently reading … so right now it’s Redeeming a Prison Society
Food: lots! … burritos, stir-fry, pizza, cabbage rolls and beer.
MovieShawshank Redemption
Holiday: Christmas
TV ShowBlue Bloods

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
… not much … I’m an introvert who has to take time to think – sometimes till the next day!

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
I have already snorkeled, and skydiving is on my bucket list.

Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S.

Born: Greenwood, Indiana

Joined the Missionaries:
I entered formation in August 1998 and was definitively incorporated in May 2003. I was ordained in June 2004.

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
While discerning my vocation, I was struck with the “down to earthness” of the Missionaries and the variety of ministries they were involved in.

What is your current assignment?
After spending roughly ten years in ministry at Saint Joseph’s College, I accepted a new ministry as Secretary General of the C.PP.S. I am stationed in Rome at the Generalate.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
Living in a foreign country can be challenging. Everything is a little different. Also, communicating with our Missionaries around the world can be challenging due to the different languages spoken.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
Living in a foreign country is a rewarding aspect of my assignment. Being able to walk where St. Gaspar walked is a blessing. I also enjoy my interaction with the Missionaries from the other units around the world.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
I entered formation immediately following graduation from College.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
In my spare time I enjoy reading, visiting museums, and just taking walks through the streets of Rome.

Aside from St. Gaspar, who are some of your favorite Saints?
I’d have to say St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas are my other two favorite saints.

What is your favorite prayer?
My favorite prayer is actually a hymn. Hosea (Come Back to Me) is my favorite prayer and hymn.

Hosea
by Gregory Norbert

Come back to me with all your heart, don’t let fear keep us apart.
Trees do bend, tho’ straight and tall; so must we to others’ call.
Long have I waited for your coming home to me and living deeply our new life.

The wilderness will lead you to your heart where I will speak.
Integrity and justice with tenderness you shall know.
Long have I waited for your coming home to me and living deeply our new life.

You shall sleep secure with peace; faithfulness will be your joy. Long have I waited for your coming home to me and living deeply our new life.

What is your favorite:
BookEthan Frome by Edith Wharton
Food: Anything German
MovieRemains of the Day with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson
Holiday: Christmas Eve
TV ShowThe Wonder Years

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
At least $20,000,000.00

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Neither. I prefer the terra firma.

Fr. Scott Kramer, C.PP.S.

Born: New Riegel, Ohio

Joined the Missionaries: 1982

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
I grew up in a C.PP.S. parish and had Precious Blood Sisters in school. New Riegel is the cradle of the C.PP.S. community in this country. I was raised in a very Catholic culture in which the Church was the center of the community’s life.

What is your current assignment?
Rector of the Sorrowful Mother Shrine.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
Overseing the upkeep and maintenance of a large, aging campus.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
Meeting the many pilgrims that come to the Shrine. As a priest, people open up their hearts and souls to us, and we are privileged to be able to walk with them on their faith journey.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
Worked as a machinist after high school.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy the outdoors and manual labor. With 120+ acres of land, the Shrine offers ample opportunities, a chain saw and I are close friends.

Aside from St. Gaspar, who are some of your favorite Saints?
Obviously the Blessed Mother comes first. St. Joseph is a favorite of mine as well as St. John Paul II. John Paul II was Pope when I was in formation and ordained, and I view him as a great role model.

What is your favorite prayer?
The Angelus
The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary . . .
Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Hail Mary . . .
And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary . . .
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray: Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.
Amen.

What is your favorite:
BookDune
Food: Steak, medium rare
MovieLord of the Rings
Holiday: Independence Day
TV ShowAmerican Restoration

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
A little on the first set of questions, very little on Double Jeopardy.

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Neither. I can’t swim and am not crazy about heights. Rather keep my feet on the ground.

Fr. Tim McFarland, C.PP.S.

Born: Ottawa, Ohio

Joined the Missionaries:
Attended Brunnerdale Seminary in 1970
First Profession in 1979

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
Actually when I first went to Brunnerdale Seminary, the Missionaries were all I knew. After studying with the C.PP.S. I began to feel like this was a “fit” for me. I liked the variety of ministries in the C.PP.S. and the friendships among the Community members.

What is your current assignment?
I am a Professor of Religion at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, IN. I also teach courses for the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana’s Ecclesial Lay Ministry Program.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
Trying to help maintain and enhance the charism of the Missionaries at the College. It becomes more challenging when there are fewer members serving here.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
The variety of things I get to do and the changing nature of our College community – there’s always new faces each August. I enjoy teaching and most enjoy when my students “get it” and a difficult concept becomes clear to them. It’s also rewarding to help students clarify the values they will take on in their life and work.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
I am what we referred to as a “lifer” -high school, College and theologate were with the C.PP.S.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy travel and photography. I do lots of photos for the College and for the athletic teams here. I also am trying to visit all 50 States — only about seven to go yet.

Editor’s Note: If you want to see some of Fr. Tim’s pictures, click here.

Aside from St. Gaspar, who are some of your favorite Saints?
I have a great respect for St. Thomas Aquinas (patron of Catholic Education). And I also admire St. Patrick.

What is your favorite prayer?
The Our Father — it’s both challenging and comforting.

What is your favorite:
Book: Any John Grisham novel
Food: Lobster
Movie: McFarland (what else 🙂 ?)
Holiday: Christmas
TV Show: Untold stories of the ER

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
Probably about 25K

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Skydiving

Fr. Alfred Naseman, C.PP.S.

Born:  Dayton, Ohio, USA, Earth Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy

Joined the Missionaries:
Began formation in 1953
Ordained in 1967
 
What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
I liked them. I didn’t know any better. 😉

What is your current assignment?
Retreats and parish missions.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
The unexpected.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
Also, the unexpected.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
Growing up, or something like that.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
My lazy boy chair works well, more all the time.

Aside from St. Gaspar, what are some of your favorite Saints?
St. Barnabas, St. John XXIII.

What is your favorite prayer?
“Oh, my God!” I pray it in good times and bad.

What is your favorite:

Book: Actually, the Bible, especially Ecclesiastes and Revelation.
Food: Healthy – roasted root vegetables.
           Not quite so healthy – moosetracks ice cream, bacon lover.
MovieRoadrunner cartoons
Holiday: Thanksgiving – a simply lovely family day of gratitude to God and good food.
TV Show: nightly news – keep an eye on the world.

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
Enough pocket change for parking meters and Salvation Army kettles.

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
I would rather preach a retreat on an upcoming passenger earth orbiter.

Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S.

Born: Coldwater, Ohio

Joined the Missionaries:  1969

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
When I was 13, I went to Brunnerdale minor seminary because I thought it would be a great adventure, and there were other friends from my town there.

What is your current assignment?
I was elected Moderator General in 2013.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
Keeping the ‘big picture’ in focus.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
Keeping the ‘big picture’ in focus.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
Before 13? Yeah, let’s say I did whatever my parents told me to do.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I am an avid reader of novels- thrillers and mysteries. And I am a vacation golfer.

Aside from St. Gaspar, who are some of your favorite Saints?
I don’t have any big devotions to saints, but I greatly admire St. Paul and reflect on the theology found in his writings. He was a courageous missionary and was able to see God’s presence and work in the world, unconstrained by traditional thinking.

What is your favorite prayer?
My personal prayer is usual wordless- centering prayer and contemplation.

What is your favorite:
Book: Irving Stone’s The Agony and the Ecstasy
Food: I seem to be able to make friends with any food high in calories.
MovieAugust Rush
Holiday: Definitely Thanksgiving- it’s all about family
TV Show: NCIS

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
12 cents, if the other contestants go bankrupt.

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
I have done both, but only went skydiving once; that probably tells you something.
What I really want to do is hang glide or paraglide.

Br. Terry Nufer, C.PP.S.

Brother Terry Nufer, C.PP.S., is in ministry at our Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue, Ohio, where he is the director of music ministry.

Earning a master’s degree in music from Notre Dame helped Brother Terry become a better church musician, he said. “It made me a much better music minister because I understand how the music fits into the liturgy, and what it’s supposed to do at any given time. As a minister, I can make the music do what it’s supposed to do, to fulfill its ministerial purpose.”

Music informs his life as a brother, and being a religious brother informs his music. “The first thing about being a brother is that a brother is a man of prayer,” he said. “The life of a brother is about service to other people but it’s the connection to God that inspires, that motivates, that is a constant encouragement and support. God says to us, ‘You did not choose me; I chose you, to go forth and bear fruit.’ As far as I am able to tell, this is what God wants of me, and it’s always been that way.”

Fr. Patrick Patterson, C.PP.S.

Born: I was born in Kendelville, In. and raised in Rome City, In. –  St. Gaspar parish.
 
Joined the Missionaries: I entered Brunnerdale High School Seminary in 1952 and was ordained in 1965.
 
What is your current assignment?
At the present time I am retired, living at St. Charles Center.
 
What was the most challenging aspect of your assignments?
Going where I was asked to go.
 
What was the most rewarding aspect of your assignments?
Going where I was asked to go.
 
What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
I didn’t fall off a horse (as did St. Paul) on my way to the seminary at age 13 in 1952 – I was simply following my older brother’s footsteps. In the meantime, I was just trying to wiggle my way through grade school and resisting growing up.
 
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love to read (detective novels, science, theology) and watch movies.
 
Aside from St. Gaspar, who are some of your favorite Saints?
Some people don’t like their names – I always did. I’m proud to be a Patrick. Recently I learned that going back to 1785 there have been Patricks or Patricias in my family for 9 generations without interruption – wanna guess my favorite saint?
 
What is your favorite prayer?
For me, nothing can ever beat the Eucharist – shared in community.
 
What is your favorite:
 
Books:
Cypresses Believe in God – a novel by Jose Maria Gironella concerning Civil War in Spain, 1931-1936.  Excellent! (Compare it to Hemmingway’s, For Whom the Bells Toll -a 3 day experience of the same conflict).
 
Ignacio Ellacuria’s Essays – (He was president of UCA in San Salvador and one of the 6 Jesuits along with their house keeper and her daughter assassinated in 1987). Gives not only an overview of Liberation Theology, but also an insight into the thinking and praxis of Pope Francis.
 
God after Darwin by John Haught – an insightful presentation concerning the harmonization of Science and Faith.
 
Food:
Congrio, Pure de Cholo & Empandas – south of the boarder;
Pork chops with sweet potato French fries up north.
 
Movies:
The Mission (directed by Roland Joffe, 1986) – the story, the acting, the cinematography, the costuming, the music – just a superb combination that produces an exceptional peek into an historical time in the conquest of South America and the Church’s involvement.
 
Last Summer (directed by Mark Thiedeman, 2013) – a lyrical, soft coming of age tale of two gay high school friends.
 
Raising Victor Vargas (directed by Reter Sallett, 2002) – Just a delightful tale of a Latina grandma trying to raise her three grandchildren during a hot summer in a very small apartment in N.Y. (One scene in particular: the grandmother is washing the pots and pans in a small sink – and one of the pots gets stuck. Was this planned or did she just improvise to a natural situation? Beautiful.
 
Sin Nombre (directed by Corey Fukonaga, 2009) – This movie should be seen by everybody at least twice – and with a box of Kleenex. Starts out in San Salvador and treats of a young couple fleeing poverty and violence and the MS13 gang – moving through Guatemala and into Mexico, riding the Beast (roof tops of trains) heading to the United States and a better life. A must see!!
 
Can’t leave out Pi (directed my Ang Lee, 2012) – a very interesting and quasi mystical movie. A movie to be shared and talked over with friends.
 
Holiday:
Perhaps New Year’s Eve – alone, being thankful with God for the past and looking with hope to the coming year.
 
TV Show:
Programs on nature and science, historical dramas and reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond.
 
Music:
I could name any number of opi from here to dooms day and still not be done – why? Because I believe that of all the material or physical realities, music is the closest to achieving infinity. Think of it – of all the possible combinations of melodies, variations, harmonies, rhythms, etc. – going back 1, 2 or even 400,000 years ago, as well as previewing historical times and then projecting millions of years into the future: music is here to stay – and beyond!
 
Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
You ask about skydiving or snorkeling: Since neither fins nor feathers have I, perhaps it’s best that I stay on terra firma!
 

Br. Rob Reuter, C.PP.S.,

Brother Rob Reuter, C.PP.S., has a disciplined mind and an open heart for others.

Brother Rob, a native of Cleveland, is an associate professor of philosophy at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind. He loves the logical function of the human mind, and encourages his students to see the beauty in it as well – but he also loves those times when the mind is set free to roam around on its own. For him, usually, that’s when he’s on a long bike ride. “That’s when I can think about life issues, philosophical issues, in a non-rigorous way. My mind can slip into a free flow,” he said. “And every once in a while, I come up with a great idea.”

One of his great ideas was becoming a religious brother. It’s not always easy to explain, even to Catholics, what a brother is and what a brother does, he said. “People who are not Catholics have no idea what brothers are—and even some Catholics don’t know,” he said. “Sometimes I say, ‘A brother is the Catholic Church’s male version of a nun.’ And they say, ‘Oh, I get that.’ Here at Saint Joseph’s, I hope the students think of me as ‘a guy who is always on campus, who is there when I need him and who will help me out.’”

Brother Rob spent a sabbatical year at St. Adalbert School in Cleveland, working as a maintenance person, so he knows what he is talking about when he says, “In my mind, a brother is someone who usually is behind-the-scenes. It’s kind of like a maintenance person: when you do your job well, no one notices you. You blend in with the people. So it’s the perfect vocation for me. We brothers stand in solidarity with lay people, not as authority figures in the Church—although the Church needs authority figures—but brothers identify more with the part of Christ’s mission as someone who walks with the people.”

Br. Santos Mateo, C.PP.S.

Brother Santos Mateo, C.PP.S., ministers in Lima, Peru. He became a religious brother in 1999, and is a native of the Masma District in the Jauja Province of Peru.

Brother Santos, shown here at right with Fr. Edgardo Chero, C.PP.S., has been in parish ministry for many years, and is always willing to lend a hand in other ways. His big smile lights up the room.

May God bless him and all religious brothers, always.

Br. Matt Schaefer, C.PP.S.

Brother Matt Schaefer, C.PP.S., is the director of religious education at Emmanuel Church in Dayton, Ohio, and also serves as the parish’s bookkeeper. He previously served in similar roles at St. Augustine Parish in Rensselaer, Ind.

Brother Matt, a native of Grove City, Ohio, enjoys his ministry at Emmanuel, which he calls “a lively parish with a lot of young families.” That gives him plenty to do as he oversees religious education classes for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

He notes that the historic church—Emmanuel, founded in 1837, is Dayton’s oldest parish—is beautiful and well worth a visit. It’s at 149 Franklin Street, if you’re ever in the neighborhood.

Brother Matt also serves as director of formation for the Cincinnati Province. Like many brothers, he wears a lot of hats. God bless you, Br. Matt, for your faithful service to the Church and the people of God.

Br. Jerry Schulte, C.PP.S.

Brother Jerome Schulte, C.PP.S., is in ministry at St. John the Baptist Parish in Glandorf, Ohio, not far from the Schulte family farm where he grew up.

Brother Jerry has worked on the Missionaries’ farmland and at Brunnerdale, its former high school seminary. He has been a Missionary to Peru and a hospital chaplain. He has worked with the Missionaries’ priest and brother candidates, setting an example of service for them. In parish ministry, he’s a familiar face around St. John the Baptist and surrounding parishes. God bless you for your many years of service, Brother Jerry!

Br. Ton Sison, C.PP.S.

Born: Metro Manila, Philippines

Joined the Missionaries: 2004

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
The charism. The call to ministry and community. The movement of the Spirit.

What is your current assignment?
Teaching at Catholic Theological Union (CTU), and serving as board member of the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliaition (PBMR), both in Chicago.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
The aspect of multi-tasking and keeping a healthy balance of the various demands of academia. Like any other ministry, having to deal with some rather “unique” personalities may be challenging.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
The ministry of teaching itself; the humbling experience of beholding how the Spirit of Wisdom works mysteriously in and through it. Students who are true seekers. And the creativity and sense of purpose of theological research and writing.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
I was working on my doctoral dissertation at the Catholic University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Watching films that the rest of the world is watching, writing my film review column for the National Catholic Reporter, writing short stories, digital filmmaking, tinkering with vintage manual typewriters, walking and taking public transport in busy cities. Sampling exotic dishes at obscure eating places ala “Lonely Planet.” Core yoga and swimming.

Aside from St. Gaspar, who are some of your favorite Saints?
Santa Teresa de Avila, Spanish mystic and Church doctor. She was a trailblazing visionary who was gifted with wisdom, fortitude, and awe-inspiring imagination.  My ambition is to read her works in Spanish, so help me God!

What is your favorite prayer?
Veni Creator Spiritus

What is your favorite:
Book: Too many but I’ll mention three novels: Haruki Murakami’s “Kafka on the Shore” (I love surrealism), Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables” (it changed my life), and Philippine national hero Jose Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere” (it has deep resonances with my identity).
Food:  Japanese, Iberian, Filipino, and ribs at the world-renowned “Red Pig Inn,” Ottawa, Ohio.
Movie:  Oh boy, I’ll need several pages for this but I’ll mention three: the fairly recent Japanese film “Departures,” the Kubrick scifi classic “2001: A Space Oddyssey,” and the gold standard for all food films and one of Pope Francis’ favorites, “Babette’s Feast.”
Holiday:  Christmas
TV Show:  My TV has not been connected for a while now; I’ve been using it as a DVD monitor. But I do catch up with two shows on Amazon or Netflix streaming- “Top Chef” and “Mad Men” (which, unfortunately, just said adieu).

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
In US Dollars or Philippine Pesos?

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
I’ve gone snorkeling a number of times so skydiving!

Br. Jerry Schwieterman, C.PP.S.

Born: Bellefontaine, OH

Joined the Missionaries: 1983

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
The desire to bring God’s healing love and peace to the people who live on the edges of society.

What is your current assignment?
I am the director of campus ministry at Calumet College of Saint Joseph in Hammond, Indiana.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
One of the most challenging yet most rewarding aspects of ministry is to help people to see the love and presence of Jesus in their lives especially in difficult and trying times.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
Another rewarding aspect of ministry is to help people grow in their relationship with God  and others through the reconciling blood of Jesus.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
I worked for two years after high school; then I joined the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love to garden and enjoy sports.

Aside from St. Gaspar, who are some of your favorite Saints?
I would say St. Anthony of Padua and St. Theresa of Avila.

What is your favorite prayer?
My favorite prayer is the Hail Mary.

What is your favorite:
Book: History books
Food: Chicken – any style.
Movie: Action movies
Holiday: Christmas
TV Show: The older sitcoms… SeinfeldEveryone Loves Raymond, etc.

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
I probably would not earn much since I am not a trivia person. However it would be fun to try.

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
It would definitely be skydiving.

Br. Victor Yoc, C.PP.S.

Brother Victor, a native of Guatemala City, made his incorporation as a religious brother in 1989. He continues to serve in his hometown, at C.PP.S. parishes and at a clinic near our seminary, where he makes his home. May God bless you for your life of service, Brother Victor!