A Missionary’s Life:

Fr. Barry Fischer, C.PP.S., former moderator general who has ministered in Latin America, Italy and Austria, talks about his calling as a Missionary and the things he has learned during his years of walking among God’s people. From “A Celebration of the C.PP.S. Missionary Spirit,” part of the Precious Blood Bicentennial on August 15, 2015, at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio.

Bicentennial Mass:

Over 1,700 people were in attendance as the Missionaries of the Precious Blood celebrated their bicentennial with an outdoor Mass at St. Charles Center, Carthagena, Ohio, on August 15, 2015, the actual 200th anniversary of the founding of the Congregation. Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati was the presider and Fr. William Nordenbrock, C.PP.S., the moderator general, was the homilist.

Part 1 - Introduction Before Mass
Fr. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S., provincial director, welcomes all to the Precious Blood Bicentennial Mass at St. Charles Center on August 15, 2015.
Part 2 - Opening Procession
Dozens of Missionaries of the Precious Blood, four bishops, Knights of St. John and Knights of Columbus take part in the opening procession of the Precious Blood Bicentennial Mass as the congregation sings the hymn commissioned for the bicentennial, “Of the Many, One.”
Part 3 - Gloria, First Reading & Responsorial Psalm
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr presides at the Precious Blood Bicentennial Mass at St. Charles Center on August 15. Br. Joseph Fisher, C.PP.S., proclaims the first reading from Exodus.
Part 4 - Second Reading, Gospel, Homily
Companion (lay associate) Margaret Saliga proclaims the second reading, from Hebrews. Deacon Daniel Lowery proclaims the gospel. Fr. William Nordenbrock, C.PP.S., moderator general, preaches the homily.
Part 5 - Profession of Faith, Prayer of the Faithful, Offertory Procession
General intercessions read by Br. Juan Acuña, C.PP.S.; Amicus Fred Baumer; Companion Jean Borgert; Companion Mark Giesige; and Sr. Joyce Lehman, C.PP.S., president of the Sisters of the Precious Blood. Participating the the offertory procession: Sr. Martha Bertke, C.PP.S.; Fr. Leonard Kostka, C.PP.S., oldest living C.PP.S. member; Companions James and Patricia Large; Companion Al O’Dell.
Part 6 - Eucharistic Prayer, Sign of Peace
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr and concelebrants Fr. William Nordenbrock, C.PP.S.; and Fr. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S.
Part 7 - Lamb of God
The combined choir leads the congregation in the Lamb of God from the Mass of St. Gaspar del Bufalo (Fr. Ralph Verdi, C.PP.S., composer).
Part 8 - Communion Reflection Hymn
The combined choir sings one of the communion hymns, “The Supper of the Lord.” The choir of the Church of the Resurrection, Cincinnati, sings the communion meditation hymn, “Nothing but the Blood of Jesus.”
Part 9 - Thanks and Closing Prayer
Fr. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S., provincial director, offers thanks and comments at the close of the bicentennial Mass. The combined choir leads the congregation in the closing hymn, “Glory Be to Jesus.”

A Celebration of the C.PP.S. Missionary Spirit:

As part of the Precious Blood Bicentennial on August 15, 2015, Missionaries and lay people were invited to talk about how the C.PP.S. missionary spirit is lived out in many ways in missions, parishes and other sites where the C.PP.S. is in ministry.

Part 1 The Third Wave of Mission: Dr. Mike Gable
Parish twinning, short-term lay missionary work and missionary or cultural immersion trips are all part of the Third Wave of Mission, as explained by Dr. Mike Gable, director of the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The result of the Third Wave is a “tremendous exchange of ideas in our world.”
Part 2 "They Roll Up Their Sleeves and Get It Done:" Mark Giesige
Mark Giesige, director of mission advancement for the Cincinnati Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, talks about the humble, hard-working Congregation (and how maybe they’re a little too humble).
Part 3 Seeing the World in the Different Way: Fr. Tom Hemm, C.PP.S.
Our C.PP.S. parishes here in the U.S. are growing in their understanding of other cultures, according to Fr. Tom Hemm, C.PP.S., pastor of five parishes in the St. Henry, Ohio, cluster, and former missionary to Chile.
Part 4 Opening Up a Path: Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S.
Fr. Dave Kelly, C.PP.S., has spent many years offering hope and support to at-risk youth. Here, he traces the path of how he became involved in that ministry.
Part 5 The Command is to Go Out: Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S.
It’s not enough for church folks to sit around in small groups and hold hands. They have to go out–because the Church is mission, says Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S., our moderator general.
Part 6 To Dig a Well: Paul Dwenger, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Montezuma, Ohio
Parishioner Paul Dwenger of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Montezuma, Ohio, talks about the impact of digging a well in the La Labor region of Guatemala, a project sponsored by his parish.
Part 7 Average Joes Trying to Help People: Ron Niekamp of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Parishioner Ron Niekamp of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Montezuma, Ohio, talks about the many efforts that parish has made over the years on behalf of its sister parish in La Labor, Guatemala.
Part 8 It's About Sharing What We Have: Donna and Doug Heyne
Donna and Doug Heyne, parishioners from Immaculate Conception Parish in Celina, Ohio, talk about their experiences visiting their sister parish in the La Labor region of Guatemala.
Part 9 Making an Impact: Tom Muhlenkamp, Immaculate Conception, Celina, Ohio
Technical difficulties prevented us from capturing Tom’s witness talk but he outlined the many ways that IC’s mission commission reaches out to others.

C.PP.S. Bicentennial Pilgrimage in Rome:

Below are 4 different videos taken during the C.PP.S. Bicentennial Pilgrimage in Rome.

Video 1: Procession at the Opening of the Feast of the Precious Blood
Missionaries of the Precious Blood from around the world celebrate the Feast of the Precious Blood and the bicentennial of the congregation’s founding, during a liturgy at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. This is the procession at the beginning of Mass.
Video 2: "Song of Liberation" on Feast of the Precious Blood
Pilgrims from the U.S. (Frs. Dennis Chriszt & Dave Matz; Companions Jane & Dave McNeal & their daughter, Amy of Wapakoneta, Ohio; Companion Kathy Mescher of Celina, Ohio), as they lead the congregation in singing Fr. Joe Nassal’s “Song of Liberation,” at the Feast of the Precious Blood at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome.
Video 3: A Joyous Celebration of the C.PP.S. Family
C.PP.S. members, lay associates, seminarians and friends of the Community from around the world dance to a song written by the seminarians of the Italian province, during the C.PP.S. bicentennial pilgrimage 2015.
Video 4: Welcome to Acuto, Italy
The mayor of Acuto, Italy, welcomes C.PP.S. pilgrims to his town. Acuto is the birthplace of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, founded by St. Maria De Mattias. Pilgrims visited Acuto during the C.PP.S. bicentennial tour, on July 4, 2015.

Other Bicentennial Videos:

The Blood that Draws All Near
Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S., moderator general of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, delivers the homily at the Precious Blood Bicentennial celebrated on August 15 at St. Charles Center, Carthagena, Ohio.
The Church is a Mission
Jesus’ command to the Church was to go out, says Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S., moderator general: “To be a Church is to have a mission, to live a mission.” From a brief talk Fr. Bill delivered during the Precious Blood Bicentennial on August 15, 2015.
Thanks for the Wonderful Work of the Last 200 Years
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati thanks the Missionaries of the Precious Blood for their “great work” in ministry in the United States, during the Missionaries’ bicentennial celebration on August 15, 2015.
Missionaries in Peru Celebrate the Bicentennial
Video recorded by Lily Mejia Pineda
Precious Blood Bicentennial Slideshow
This slideshow was shown during the Precious Blood Bicentennial on August 15.
Viritual Tour of St. Gaspar: Celebrating the bicentennial of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood
by Br. Juan Acuña C.PP.S. and Fr. Jerry Stack C.PP.S.
Bicentennial Blood Drive at Saint Joseph’s College
Our thanks to Brittany Adams, a student at Saint Joseph’s College, which the Missionaries sponsor. Brittany put together this video about the C.PP.S. blood drives in honor of our bicentennial this year.

C.PP.S. Bicentennial Film: The Dream Continues:

This film tells the story of the life of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. It also explores the Missionaries’ Precious Blood spirituality, and their many missions and ministries around the world.