Sr. Donna Liette, C.PP.S., of the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR) will appear on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today on Monday at 9 a.m. EDT.
Scripture scholar, teacher and spiritual advisor Fr. Al Spilly, C.PP.S., will offer a series of scripture classes for lay people this fall at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio.
Our vocation director talks about his experiences at Catholic Youth Summer Camp and how the evangelization there can continue.
The fifth annual 5K run/walk for vocations will be held at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio, on Saturday, November 11. Click for a registration form.
August 15 is the is the 202nd anniversary of the founding of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood by St. Gaspar del Bufalo.
The Missionaries of the Precious Blood founded San Francisco de Borja School in Lima, Peru, in 1967, and this year marks the school’s 50th anniversary.
Missionaries of the Precious Blood with milestone anniversaries this year were honored during a liturgy on the vigil of the Feast of the Precious Blood, celebrated in Assumption Chapel at St. Charles Center.
Leo Barron, who is a Companion (lay associate) of the Missionaries, had no intention of becoming a deacon when he entered the lay ecclesial ministry program with the Diocese of Gary, Ind. But God had other plans.
Greg Evers made his first commitment to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood during Evening Prayer of the opening night of the Cincinnati Province’s annual assembly in June.
The Missionaries invited men who are discerning with their Community to live and pray with them for a week, while also ministering at the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation on Chicago’s south side.
The C.PP.S. MAC Mass of Unity is intended to set a good tone to the opening of fall high school sports in west central Ohio, by reminding athletes of what unites them.
Founded in 1867, Holy Trinity Parish in Coldwater, Oho, celebrates 150 years of service to their community. The Missionaries of the Precious Blood staffed the parish for 39 years.
James Smith, C.PP.S., was ordained to the priesthood and Matthew Keller, C.PP.S., to the diaconate during a liturgy on July 8 at St. Henry Church in St. Henry, Ohio.
Brother Antonio Sison, C.PP.S., received an Honorable Mention at the recently concluded 2017 Catholic Press Awards for his column on global cinema.
By sacrificing himself for us, shedding his Precious Blood, Jesus showed us once and for all that we are children of God.
Fr. Urrutia, a native of Peru, was ordained in 1992. Most of his years as a priest have been spent in parish ministry. Currently, he is in ministry with the C.PP.S. ad experimentum mission in Colombia, where he is the pastor of Our Lady of the Alps Church in Bogotá.
Fr. Miranda, a native of Guatemala City, Guatemala, was ordained in 1992. He is in ministry with the Missionaries’ mission in Central America.
Fr. Stang, a native of Rensselaer, Ind., entered the Society in 1964 and was ordained on March 26, 1977. A medical doctor, Fr. Stang has been involved in education ministry and as a chaplain with the Indiana Army National Guard and United States Army.
Applications are available for the 2017-18 Fr. Brunner Peace and Justice Grants. Applications are due on the Feast of the Precious Blood, July 1.
Fr. James Seibert, a native of Dayton, who now ministers in that city, was ordained on April 30, 1977. He has been involved in parish ministry and in the leadership of the Congregation.
Fr. William O’Donnell, a native of Cleveland, was ordained on January 28, 1977. Many of his years as a priest have been in parish ministry. He’s also been part of the leadership of the Congregation.
Brother Terry Nufer, a native of Winamac, Ind., was professed a religious brother on July 1, 1977. He has been involved in education and music ministries during his 40 years as a brother.
Brother Joseph Fisher, a native of Wapakoneta, Ohio, was professed a religious brother on August 15, 1977. He has been a careful steward of the Society’s funds during his 40 years as a brother, serving for the last 30 years as the treasurer for the Cincinnati Province.
Fr. Al Spilly, a native of Whiting, Ind., was ordained on June 3, 1967. He has been involved in education and communications for the wider Church.
Fr. Al Naseman, a native of Dayton, was ordained on May 13, 1967. He has been involved in vocation work, preaching and retreat ministries, and the leadership of the Congregation.
Fr. Denny Kinderman, a native of Dayton, was ordained on June 3, 1967. He has been a pastor, campus minister and has worked with lay associates and with youth.
Fr. James “Santiago” Gaynor, a native of Dover, Ind., was ordained on June 3, 1967. He has been a missionary to Chile and Peru for over 30 years.
Youth and families at Emmanuel Church in Dayton got involved in making colorful carpets for the parish’s annual Corpus Christi procession.
Brother Daniel, a native of Center Line, Mich., was professed on Sept. 8, 1952, in Burkettsville, Ohio. He has devoted his life as a religious brother to the support of his Community
At the Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue, Ohio, the Missionaries of the Precious Blood have dedicated The Healing Place, an area in the shrine where victims of abuse and their friends and family members can come to pray, meditate and heal.
Br. Antonio Sison, C.PP.S., author, professor and film critic, will present a retreat on spirituality, food and film in August.
In a pre-Pentecost appearance, Jesus came before his fearful disciples and calmed them with his breath and the above words. After his resurrection, it seems he was always calming them by speaking words of peace and breathing upon them from his radiant self.
In the liturgical calendar, we celebrate St. Charles Lwanga and companions, Martyrs of Uganda, on this day. But for me, it is dominated by the celebration of the Vigil of Pentecost
As an aunt and a great aunt, I have read a lot of story books to children. When I reflect upon this passage, I remember a book that was a big hit in my extended family, Guess How Much I love You?
Today’s Gospel is the conclusion of Jesus’ final prayer before departing for the Garden of Gethsemane and the passion. It is a prayer I find particularly compelling at this time in history when, all around us, seeds of disunity are being sown and harvested in equal measure.
Today the readings commemorate the Feast of the Visitation of Mary to her cousin, Elizabeth. It is a reminder once again, after the Incarnation, on how down to earth is God’s love for us.
How is it that I have come to this place in sharing the sentiments of St. Paul that I need only tofinish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus?
In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world (John 16: 33). This may be the motto that we recite during this season of Easter. Is this not what we remember during this season, that Jesus has conquered death?
I remember as a child in Catholic School hearing the story of the Ascension and feeling a sense of emptiness for the disciples as Jesus was taken up to heaven. They had been with him three years; he was their teacher and guide.
Too often, I think we treat God like a genie in a bottle, a celestial being who exists to fulfill our wishes and desires. Early in Huckleberry Finn, the Widow Douglas tells Huck about the power of prayer. Huck decides to try it out.
On Memorial Day, we remember our Missionaries who were veterans, including Fr. John Wilson, C.PP.S., a survivor of the Bataan Death March in World War II.
We are nearing the end of the Easter season. But the joy is still with us! The joy that the disciples experienced on the day of the Resurrection lives on. To me, joy is something that permeates one’s whole being. It is not something that comes and goes. Rather it is always with us.
On a scale from one to ten, I ask myself how much do I believe in a loving and forgiving God? Why is it harder some days than others? What can I do to believe even more?
As the flowers of spring burst forth around me, I am called to reflect on our care of the universe. God has given us “life, breath and everything.” What is my response as I strive to live in a manner that will preserve God’s creation for the generations still to come?
Imagine Paul, Silas and the other prisoners in today’s reading from Acts (16: 22–34) praying these words upon finding themselves unharmed after the earthquake that demolished the prison. And surely the jailer is thanking the gods that his charges are still in place in the earthquake-ridden jail. That saved his head!
As we celebrate this Easter season, it is encouraging to read the accounts of the early missionaries of the Church recorded in the Acts of the Apostles.
“The medium is the message.” Today’s readings remind me of these well-known words of Marshall McLuhan. Jesus’ life was both his medium and his message.
There are times in my life when I wonder why I have been chosen. Being rejected, hated and persecuted are not on my bucket list.
When I think of this scripture verse, the idea of laying down one’s life for a friend, I think about veterans, the men and women who fought to build and preserve the freedom that we enjoy today as people living in the United States.
Like Peter, we ask where we would go. Your love for us is so great. You became man to redeem us from sin. You suffered, died, and rose on the third day. What greater love does a person have than to freely lay down their life for another?
A Eucharistic image is deeply imbedded in John’s passage, which begins the presentation of Jesus’ discourse on the union of Jesus with his disciples. Jesus is the vine, the life-giving fruit of the vine, the source of union.
All are invited to the dedication of the Healing Place at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine near Bellevue, Ohio on June 2, 2017.
Blind prejudice is a terrible thing to behold. In the reading from Acts, we see people who considered themselves good Jews defending their faith by attacking and injuring Paul. Paul was delivering the kind of message that flew in the face of the beliefs of the time.
Perhaps many of us have had the experience of hearing someone else praised for something that we did. And that was followed by the prick of anger that made us want to yell out, “Hey, I did that!”
As a Missionary of the Precious Blood, I have been fortunate to give retreats and attend gatherings in various places around the world. I always try to pick up a stone from the place where I have visited to remind me that I have been blessed to stand on holy ground.
Today we hear Philip speak up and ask Jesus to show them his Father, then they will believe in what Jesus is saying!
As I sit with a dying sister in the quiet of the night, I reflect on my faith. What a gift! A gift with many blessings as we know we are never alone.
The introductory passage of John 13 is the familiar washing of the feet that we hear on Holy Thursday. Jesus had clearly expressed that his life and impending death are an expression of his love for his disciples. They had not yet received the outpouring of the Spirit so his message was not understood.
From the moment of birth until death, I am on a journey. Just as Paul and Barnabas were singled out by God to do his work, so am I, and so are you. But how do I know what that work is?
Both readings today reveal occasions that call out for reconciliation. Acts shows the situation in Antioch where Jews who have accepted the word show antipathy to the Gentiles, the non-Jews, who are accepting it as well. The Gospel presents the nonbelieving sheep and the believers.
In Peter’s time, who you ate with and what you ate were matters of faith. Observant Jews were careful not to break the kosher laws, as Peter refers to. The vision breaks that model apart, saying everything is clean. But the vision isn't about food.
As I sat with the readings for this Sunday, the usual thoughts of sheep and the Good Shepherd did not come to mind. Instead I was struck by the phrase; “they were cut to the heart.”
Jesus addresses this same question to us: “Do you also want to leave?” If we should choose to leave, to whom would we turn? To whom could we possibly turn, if not to the Lord?
A website of Precious Blood music is now available for viewing and free download of selected Precious Blood music and recordings.
This reflection was written in February, a time of anxiety and uncertainty for Latinos, especially those facing deportations. It felt like a persecution was happening in our country. We saw people who were intent on bringing down others by use of the law.
A group from Calumet College of St. Joseph is visiting our mission in Guatemala this week.
Today’s readings remind me of the need for both, openness to the Spirit and adherence to the KISS rule (Keep It Simple, Stupid), in order to minister most effectively, especially to those who are outside society’s gates.
The Gospel passage from John 14: 6–4 on this feast of Sts. Philip and James led me to focus on the one verse, “Whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
May 2, is dedicated in the Liturgy to Saint Athanasius, who was Bishop of Alexandria in the third and beginning of the fourth century. He dedicated himself in very difficult times to the preservation and clarification of basic Christian teaching regarding who Christ was and is.
On May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, we celebrated the first-ever Religious Brothers Day in the United States. May God bless all religious brothers, especially our own C.PP.S. brothers.
Today we celebrate St. Joseph the Worker or the Third Monday after Easter. I have chosen this verse from the first reading for the feast of St. Joseph because of the heart connection. “Whatever you do, do from the heart as for the Lord.”
We are counting down to the first Religious Brothers Day in the U.S., on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, by sharing stories about our wonderful C.PP.S. brothers. Today’s subject: Brother Santos Mateo, C.PP.S.
The recounting of the encounter with Jesus on the road to Emmaus has been used for centuries to describe our relationship with Christ. The narrative offers preachers a rich variety of images that help frame our ongoing Christian journey.
We are counting down to the first Religious Brothers Day in the U.S., on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, by sharing stories about our wonderful C.PP.S. brothers. Today’s subject: Brother Rob Reuter, C.PP.S.
It is the post-Easter readings that give neophytes their continued instruction about how a disciple lives. Today’s first reading gives us an example of what being a disciple of Jesus Christ living the stewardship way of life is all about.
We are counting down to the first Religious Brothers Day in the U.S., on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, by sharing stories about our wonderful C.PP.S. brothers. Today’s subject: Brother Matt Schaefer, C.PP.S.
If we are really honest with ourselves, we will admit that we often bring problems on ourselves. We make things way too difficult, convoluted and stressful. This is a Gospel passage that reminds me of the truly simple way that Jesus can work in my life.
We are counting down to the first Religious Brothers Day in the U.S., on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, by sharing stories about our wonderful C.PP.S. brothers. Today’s subject: Brother Antonio Sison, C.PP.S.
Fifteen years ago I pruned two shefferella branches too closely. After three years, one began to show new life, and I felt excited. Thirteen years later, the other put forth a small green shoot. I was awed and amazed . . .
We are counting down to the first Religious Brothers Day in the U.S., on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, by sharing stories about our wonderful C.PP.S. brothers. Today’s subject: Brother Tim Hemm, C.PP.S.
I have always been a big-picture person. Today’s Gospel definitely paints a big picture regarding the essence of Christianity. St. Gaspar would spend no less than thirty minutes per day meditating on the crucifix. He did this because he saw in the passion, God’s great act of love.
We are counting down to the first Religious Brothers Day in the U.S., on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, by sharing stories about our wonderful C.PP.S. brothers. Brother Joe Fisher, C.PP.S., who grew up on a farm outside of Wapakoneta, Ohio, has been our provincial treasurer for 30 years.
The Gospel passage assigned for the Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist, occurs when Jesus is about to ascend to heaven. This is his last command to his followers: go forth and proclaim the Gospel. How do we proclaim? What remarkable signs give us credibility?
We are counting down to the first Religious Brothers Day in the U.S., on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, by sharing stories about our wonderful C.PP.S. brothers. Today’s subjects are the brothers of Northwest Indiana.
We had the honor of sharing in the Easter Sacraments with two of our students yesterday in our chapel at Saint Joseph’s College. Surrounded by family, friends, students, faculty and staff, Derek and Jocelynn professed their faith loudly and boldly.
We are counting down to the first Religious Brothers Day in the U.S., on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, by sharing stories about our wonderful C.PP.S. brothers. Today’s profile: Brother Juan Acuña, C.PP.S.
The readings for the Sunday of Divine Mercy are replete with notions of Precious Blood spirituality: breaking (and sharing) bread, prayer, resurrection and reconciliation. Where is there a reference to reconciliation, of bringing back into union, of forgiving the injury or insult?
We are counting down to the first Religious Brothers Day in the U.S., on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, by sharing stories about our wonderful C.PP.S. brothers. Today’s subject: Brother Timothy Cahill, C.PP.S.
This command of Jesus is given to the eleven immediately after Jesus rebukes them for being hard-hearted and of little faith. All followers of Jesus need to keep this in mind. We are a people in need of transformation as well as called by God to not just proclaim the Good News, but actually be the Good News to others.
We are counting down to the first Religious Brothers Day in the U.S., on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, by sharing stories about our wonderful C.PP.S. brothers. Today’s subject: Brother Terry Nufer, C.PP.S.
Whenever I am in the throes of loss, confusion or unwanted change in my life, I take refuge in some activity that feels normal, fleeing to something familiar. So I really empathize with Peter’s announcement: “I’m going fishing!”
Br. Ton Sison, C.PP.S., spoke at the Religious Brothers Symposium on March 25.
We are counting down to the first Religious Brothers Day in the U.S., on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, by sharing stories about our wonderful C.PP.S. brothers. Today’s subject: Brother Victor Yoc, C.PP.S.
In today’s Gospel we hear the story of one of the many appearances of Jesus after the resurrection. In spite of his salutation, “Peace be with you,” his disciples are still frightened and believe that they are seeing a ghost.
We are counting down to the first Religious Brothers Day in the U.S., on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, by sharing stories about our wonderful C.PP.S. brothers. Today we bring you a truly remarkable group of men, our brothers of St. Charles Center.
In Acts 3: 1–10, we read of the lame man seeking alms in the temple. It is the hour of prayer, and he has seated himself at the Beautiful Gate, where worshippers would need to pass by and see him. He looks at Peter and Paul expectantly as they approach. “But Peter said to him, ‘I have no money at all, but I give you what I have; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!’”
We are counting down to the first Religious Brothers Day in the U.S., on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, by sharing stories about our wonderful C.PP.S. brothers. Today’s subject, Brother Jerome Schulte, C.PP.S.
Did Mary hear Jesus speaking to her? Yes and no. She was aware of his presence and heard his words but did not understand or realize who was speaking to her. It is only when he says: Mary! Then she realizes who is speaking with her. Mary’s heart and entire being is filled with joy, wonder and astonishment.
We are counting down to the first Religious Brothers Day in the U.S., on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, by sharing stories about our wonderful C.PP.S. brothers. Today’s subject: Brother Tom Bohman, C.PP.S.
The Spirit is poured out into our hearts. This makes us temples of God, the dwelling place of God. God is present in the depths of our being. There is a need in our world today, a need for people to know the heart of God.
This Responsorial Psalm refrain for Easter Sunday provides a truly fitting response to the astounding Good News of Jesus’ resurrection given in all three Scripture readings for today’s Feast of the Resurrection of the Lord. Why are we called to be glad and rejoice? Because Jesus is risen and we sing: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
May God bless us all with Easter joy as we marvel at the great feat of Christ, who rose from the dead and brought us with him into new life.
Trauma in our lives changes us—but also allows us to become a new creation. A reflection for Holy Saturday.
The ministry of reconciliation is found within the paschal mystery, within the suffering and death of Jesus. A reflection for Good Friday.
It’s important to create a safe place for people to tell their stories. A reflection for Holy Week.
Living under the threat of violence can rob young people of their dreams. Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S., talks about nurturing hope among the hopeless. A reflection for Wednesday of Holy Week.
Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S., wants people to understand—or try to understand—what the young people in his Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago are up against. A reflection for Tuesday of Holy Week.
Often in his ministry on the south side of Chicago, Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S., finds himself walking into “a muddled mess.” But it allows him to be present to people in the depths of their grief. A reflection for Monday of Holy Week.
At the beginning of Holy Week, Fr. Al Spilly, C.PP.S., takes us back to the beginning of our story.
As we prepare to celebrate the first Religious Brothers Day on May 1, Pope Francis has sent a message to all religious brothers in the U.S.
Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S., talks about his role as secretary general of the worldwide Congregation.
When parishioners at St. John the Baptist Church in Glandorf come to Easter Mass, they'll see a new creation in their history church.
St. Edward Parish in Newark, Calif., where Missionaries are in ministry, recently welcomed a family of three is it sponsoring.
Fr. Gene R. Wilson, C.PP.S., 88, died of heart failure at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio.
Fr. James Bender, C.PP.S., 90, died at 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in the infirmary at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio. He had been in failing health.
A C.PP.S. candidate from North America, spending time at our mission in Guatemala, sees how Precious Blood spirituality needs no translation.
Nearly 300 students from a Roman Catholic high school in South Bend, Ind., took a spiritual field trip recently to St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian-Greek Catholic Church in Mishawaka, Ind., where Fr. George (Yuri) Kuzara, C.PP.S., is in ministry.
Happy birthday to Fr. Len Kostka, C.PP.S.! He turned 103 on March 1. Fr. Kostka is the oldest living member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood worldwide.
Calumet College of St. Joseph welcomes its new president, Dr. Amy McCormack. The college is sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.
We ask for God's blessing on the newly elected leadership team at our mission in Peru.
It was at this time of the year, in 1844, through January's bitter cold, snow and icy rain, when the first C.PP.S. Missionaries in the United States were making their way to their first parish assignment in Norwalk, Ohio.
January 6 is the birthday of our founder, St. Gaspar del Bufalo. He was born in Rome in 1786 and founded the Missionaries of the Precious Blood in 1815.
January 1, a world day of prayer for peace on the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, is a day for all of us to reflect on the witness of the Blessed Mother and our role in building the kingdom of God among us.
A message for the Christmas season from Fr. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S., our provincial director.
Our Saint Joseph's College men's basketball team put up a good fight but was defeated by the University of Dayton 91-59 at UD Arena in early December.
Two C.PP.S. priests living in one rectory learned about rivalry and reconciliation when the Cubs won this year’s World Series.
Our C.PP.S. Central American mission elects new leadership.
Two Catholic parishes and the Lutheran Church in Mercer County, Ohio, mark the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation by reaching out to each other.
Our moderator general, V. Rev. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S., was among the keynote speakers at a conference on mission at Xavier University in Cincinnati on October 28-30.
Today the Precious Blood family around the world celebrates the Feast Day of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, who founded the Missionaries of the Precious Blood in 1815. Our provincial director says it’s a privilege for us to follow in St. Gaspar’s footsteps.
All are welcome to immerse themselves in the Father's mercy during a Day of Mercy on Friday, October 21 at Precious Blood Church in Dayton.
A fire in a row of houses in Valdivia, Chile, caused damage to the parish house occupied by C.PP.S. members serving there. None of our members were hurt in the blaze, which started in a neighboring house and expanded down the row.
A new labyrinth at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue, Ohio, offers a place where victims of abuse can pray, meditate and heal.
Fr. Richard Riedel, C.PP.S., 90, died at 9:20 a.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2016, in the infirmary of St. Charles Center, Carthagena, Ohio. He had been in failing health.
The heartwarming story of how our Br. Ben Basile, C.PP.S., saved "Miss Martha," an organ that was originally in St. Paul's Church in Sharpsburg, Ohio, was featured in Wavelength, the alumni magazine of Calumet College of St. Joseph.
A 5K Walk/Run for vocations and a vocation discernment retreat are two events coming up this fall that will help and support young people considering the religious life.
Congratulations to our sisters, the Sisters of the Precious Blood of Dayton, Ohio, for the well-earned publicity for their Brunner Literacy Center in Dayton, which does such great work.
We're looking for messages of mercy. Our provincial director, Fr. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S., puts it this way: "We’ve been encouraging everyone in our Precious Blood family to participate fully in the Jubilee Year of Mercy, as proclaimed by Pope Francis. This is such a wonderful opportunity for all of us to live out our Christian calling in a purposeful way.
An important milestone for our Deacon James Smith, C.PP.S., as he presided for the first time at a baptism at St. Henry Church in St. Henry, Ohio. Welcome to the Church, Kyla Rose!
The Missionaries are happy to be a part of Vision magazine, which helps young people as they are discerning a call to be a priest, religious brother or sister. Look for our ad on page 26.
Br. Jude Brown, C.PP.S., 88, died at 10 p.m. Tuesday, August 2, 2016, in the infirmary at St. Charles Center, Carthagena, Ohio. He had been in failing health.
Jubilarians representing 650 years of ministry to the people of God were recognized during a liturgy on July 1, the Feast of the Precious Blood, at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio.
Our Fr. Ralph Verdi, C.PP.S., feels that he has much more to give to the people of God, but chronic, life-threatening kidney disease is slowing him down. In need of a kidney transplant at the age of 71, Fr. Verdi is too old to wait for a kidney from a deceased donor. Read more to see how people can help.
Sing Me to Heaven, an annual choral concert of the Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Liturgy, will be held July 24.
To get a closer look at the ministry and daily life of the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR) on Chicago’s south side, view the PBMR’s monthly e-newsletter . . . and then subscribe!
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Our new director of vocation ministry talks about taking the first steps toward a vocation to the consecrated life.
Congratulations to Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S., who this year is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
Congratulations to Fr. Ernest Krantz, C.PP.S., who this year is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
Congratulations to Fr. Juan Gonzalez, C.PP.S., who this year is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
Congratulations to Brother Paul Chase, C.PP.S., who this year is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his profession as a religious brother.
Congratulations to Fr. Tom Brenberger, C.PP.S., who this year is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
Congratulations to Fr. Robert Kunisch, C.PP.S., who this year is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
Congratulations to Fr. Jim Dugal, C.PP.S., who this year is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
The Day of Mercy previously scheduled for July 1, 2016, at Precious Blood Parish in Dayton has been rescheduled and will take place on Friday, October 21, 2016, the feast of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.
Deacon James Smith, C.PP.S., was ordained on May 25, 2016. While studying advanced theology as part of his coursework at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Deacon Smith helped prepare seventh graders for their Confirmation.
On May 25, 2016, the Missionaries of the Precious Blood were pleased to ordained James Smith, C.PP.S., and Peter Tam Minh Hoang, C.PP.S., to the diaconate. The ordinations took place in the beautiful Assumption Chapel at St. Charles Center, motherhouse of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Check out the photos.
Those who cannot join us for the diaconate ordination of James Smith, C.PP.S., and Peter Tam Minh Hoang, C.PP.S., on Wednesday, May 25, at 7 p.m. can watch our livestream of the liturgy at:
James Smith, C.PP.S., and Matt Keller, C.PP.S., were definitively incorporated as Missionaries of the Precious Blood on Monday, May 23, pledging their lives to service to God and the Church.
Fr. Frankline Rayappa, C.PP.S., met with members at St. Charles to discuss the culture and customs of his native country, India. Fr. Frankline is new to the U.S. and is currently in ministry at St. Edward Parish in Newark, Calif.
Sometimes it seems we confess the same sin over and over again. But a bishop preaching on mercy urges us all to keep trying and keep believing in the Father’s mercy and forgiveness.
Matthew Keller, C.PP.S., who will be definitively incorporated on Monday, May 23, during the opening night of the provincial assembly, invites all in the Precious Blood family to pray with him.
There is an inquirer with the Companions group that gathers at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio, who hopes to make his first covenant later this year. There are a couple of logistical problems, one being that he does not live in the same state, and the other being that he does not live in the same world.
But what began as a task that was mostly about the paperwork ultimately became another kind of journey, as Br. Antonio “Ton” Sison, C.PP.S., reflects on the dual citizenship that truly reflects who he is.
Fr. George “Yuri” Kuzara, C.PP.S., is in ministry at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue, Ohio. Having biritual faculties for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, he brings to the Community a unique view of Precious Blood spirituality, as seen through the lens of the Eastern Church.
Throughout the year our moderator general, Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S., and the C.PP.S. general council spend time meeting together in Rome to plan different events for the Congregation and taking care of much of the routine “behind the scenes” business of the community.
Fr. Joseph Deardorff, C.PP.S., is the director of the C.PP.S. mission ad experimentum in Colombia. A native of Dayton, he also ministered in Peru for many years.
On Ash Wednesday, Five Missionaries of the Precious Blood—Frs. Steve Dos Santos, Tim Knepper, George “Yuri” Kuzara, Jayababu Nuthulapati and Kevin Scalf—will be among those commissioned by Pope Francis as Missionaries of Mercy for the Jubilee Year. There are 800 from around the world to be commissioned on Ash Wednesday, 100 from the United States.
Cleveland native Br. Rob Reuter, C.PP.S., is a professor of philosophy at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind. Professed in 2003, he had the unique experience of going through religious formation as a college professor. Br. Rob has also been involved in the leadership of the Congregation.
Fr. Steven Joseph Lopes was ordained as the first bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter on February 2. Bishop Lopes said he was nurtured in his faith by Fr. Marvin Steffes, C.PP.S.
Nine young people wearing hairnets and aprons gather to combine ingredients that will become a feast fit for kings. They listen carefully to the instructions of Chef Tony Russell amidst the clanging of bowls and pans, each one busily stirring or sautéing, cutting or mixing as the day’s menu takes shape.
Fr. Norbert Adelman, C.PP.S., died on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in the infirmary at St. Charles Center, Carthagena, Ohio. Fr. Adelman, who was 94, had been in failing health.
Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S., our moderator general, asks us to listen closely to the Gospel message during the Holy Thursday Mass tonight, in which Jesus washes the feet of his disciples. “This is not normal behavior. If you come to my house for dinner, I’m not going to wash your feet,” Fr. Bill said.
Celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy with the C.PP.S. community at St. Charles Center by joining them for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament the first Wednesday of every month.
Our Missionaries at Saint Joseph’s College are recognized for their outstanding support of student athletes.
A fire has destroyed our parish church building in Purranque, Chile, where Missionaries have ministered since 1949. But the people vow to rebuild.
Congratulations to the members of our Central American mission, who on Monday celebrated the initial incorporation of priesthood candidate William Osorio Sosa and the renewal of the incorporations of several other C.PP.S. candidates.
Fr. John Falter, C.PP.S., died on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at St. Charles Center, Celina, Ohio. Fr. Falter was 82 years old.
Say a prayer for refugees, that they might find a home.
As Missionaries of the Precious Blood, we feel a special connection with the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Can there be anything more merciful than Jesus shedding his Precious Blood for us? So in honor of the Jubilee Year, we're offering Mercy Breaks -- short and (we hope) doable suggestions for demonstrating the Father's mercy.
Fr. Albert Reed, C.PP.S., 87, died at 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, in the infirmary at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio. He had been in failing health.
“History is written by the victors,” goes an oft-quoted maxim. In the case of the history of our Congregation, history has been written by the ordained. Most members can name at least a few of the pioneering priests of the C.PP.S., but how many can name a brother from those early years?
St. Paul, St. Francis, St. Augustine: some saints get plenty of press. But others, while more obscure in our worldwide Church, have amazing stories as well. Fr. Steve Dos Santos, C.PP.S., urges us to learn a little more about little-known saints.
When someone comes to you with an inkling that the Lord is calling him or her to the consecrated life, what is your reaction? Your encouragement can help them come to the most important decision they will ever make.
Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S., was honored in October for his ministry with the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation in Chicago.
Saint Joseph's College, which is sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, inaugurated it's 18th president, Dr. Robert A. Pastoor, during a week that showcased the many talents of students, faculty and alumni of the college.
One of our candidates, Greg Evers, wrote recently in the C.PP.S. Cincinnati Newsletter about his experiences on the C.PP.S. pilgrimage to Rome this summer. Greg said that the place that touched him the most was the Church of St. Maria in Trivio in Rome, which holds the tomb of our founder, St. Gaspar del Bufalo.
Fr. Emil Schuwey, C.PP.S., died at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, in the infirmary at St. Charles Center, Celina, Ohio. Fr. Schuwey, who was 93, had been in failing health.
We’re happy to announce that the Mass that was celebrated during the Precious Blood Bicentennial is now available for viewing on the Missionaries’ YouTube channel. Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati presided at the Mass, held on August 15, 2015, at St. Charles Center.
“God bless all of you. You make a difference, and I am proof of that.”
Those words of praise and thanks were offered to priests, brothers and sisters during this Year of Consecrated Life during a dinner in their honor at the Knights of St. John Hall in Maria Stein, Ohio, on September 13.
A new film tells the story of St. Gaspar and his Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Take a look!
A Message from the Provincial Director for the Precious Blood Bicentennial.
Fr. Larry J. Wyen, C.PP.S, age 73, of Briarwood Village, Coldwater, Ohio and formerly of Minster, Ohio died Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital, Ft. Wayne.
The Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, which is sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, was featured in a Chicago Tribune story about their ministry to the mothers of incarcerated youth.
The Precious Blood family around the world celebrated the Feast of the Precious Blood on July 1.
This year, our worldwide Community celebrated our 200-year history at a special Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran. Read the Feast Day message.
Ten Missionaries of the Precious Blood (C.PP.S.) of the Cincinnati Province, are celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2015.
We’ve surpassed our goal of 1,000 units of blood donated during our bicentennial year. But don’t stop donating!
Two blood drives in honor of the C.PP.S. bicentennial year are coming up.
Fr. Ronald Schiml, C.PP.S., 85, died at 11 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015, at St. Charles Center, Carthagena, Ohio, where he made his home.
Congratulations to our Fr. Tim McFarland, C.PP.S., who received the Religio Award
Congratulations to our Fr. Al Spilly, C.PP.S., who was awarded an honorary degree of doctor of humanities from Calumet College of St. Joseph during its commencement last weekend.
The provincial office staff spent a day with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton on May 13. Staff members helped build a privacy fence for a Dayton family.
A vivid vocation story, this profile posted recently by the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, explores the path taken by our Brother Antonio Sison, C.PP.S., an assistant professor of systematic theology at CTU.
Here is video footage of our Fr. Ken Schnipke, C.PP.S., offering the prayer before the 2015 opening of Ohio's 131st General Assembly.
Fr. Dave Kelly, C.PP.S., was quoted in a New York Times story about a man imprisoned in Illinois who hopes to gain his freedom.
Spring commencements are coming up in May at both colleges sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.
Fr. Henry Frantz, C.PP.S., died on Monday, April 13, 2015, at Lima Memorial Hospital. He was 87. Fr. Frantz was in parish ministry for much of his life as a priest. He is survived by his identical twin brother, Br. Gregory Frantz, C.PP.S.
Diego Gallardo, C.PP.S., was definitively incorporated during a liturgy in Valdivia, Chile, on January 27.
St. Gaspar del Bufalo, who founded the Missionaries of the Precious Blood in 1815, had strong food preferences for himself. But he also believed in keeping his Missionaries well fed, so they would have strength for their ministries.
Fr. Leon Flaherty, C.PP.S., will receive a special award from the Diocese of Superior, Wisc., at a ceremony on May 22 at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Precious Blood spirituality website, preciousbloodspirituality.org, has been updated!
Fr. Leonard Kostka, C.PP.S., turns 101 on March 1.
The Missionaries would like to collect 1,000 units of blood as part of their bicentennial celebration. The next blood drive will be March 25 at the Community Blood Center in Dayton.
Happy Bicentennial Year!
We’ve been talking about it for a long time, and our jubilee year is finally here: the 200th anniversary of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.