Celebraciónes e Incorporación de Laicos Asociados en el Perú

Miembros de la CPPS, junto con las hermanas Adoratrices de la Sangre de Cristo, posan en una foto de grupo durante la celebración del aniversario de los misioneros.

El 17 de agosto, durante la Eucaristía conmemorativa de los 50 años de la CPPS en el Perú, 21 personas fueron admitidas como “Laicos Asociados a la Sangre de Cristo”, quienes después de una preparación de dos años, hicieron su compromiso apostólico de conocer, vivir y compartir el Carisma, Espiritualidad y Misión de los Misioneros de la Preciosa Sangre y de las Adoratrices de la Sangre de Cristo.

Con el lema: “50 años de respuesta a los gritos de la Sangre”, los misioneros de la Preciosa Sangre celebraron los primeros cincuenta años en el Perú. Para conmemorarlo se realizó un encuentro de tres días en los que se hizo un recorrido a través de la historia, desde el “ayer”, el “presente” y el “futuro”, mirando hacia dónde y cómo va la misión peruana. El “ayer” estuvo a cargo de P. Santiago Gaynor C.PP.S  junto a P. Guillermo Beuth, el “presente” fue presentado por P. Dionicio Alberca C.PP.S y el “futuro” por P. José Deardorff  C.PP.S con la presencia del Moderador General. P. Francesco Bartoloni. La celebración culminó con una Eucaristía concelebrada por todos los misioneros presentes y una cena con números musicales y recuerdos de la misión peruana.

Texto: Ricardo Llaque, Laico Asociado, Perú
Foto: cortesía de la Provincia de Cincinnati

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Celebrations and Incorporation of Lay Associates in Peru

CPPS members, along with Sister Adorers of the Blood of Christ, pose in a group photo during the Missionaries’ anniversary celebration.

On August 17, during the Eucharistic celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the CPPS presence in Peru, 21 people were admitted as “Lay Associates of the Precious Blood.”  After a two year period of preparation, they made their apostolic commitment to know, live and share the charism, spirituality and mission of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood and the Adorers of the Blood of Christ.

With the theme “50 Years of Responding to the Cries of the Blood”, the Missionaries of the Precious Blood celebrated their first fifty years in Peru.  To commemorate it they conducted a three-day meeting in which they made a tour through history, from the “yesterday”, the “present” and “future.”  The “Yesterday” was presented by Fr. James P. Gaynor CPPS, along with Fr. William Beuth, CPPS;  the “Present” was presented by Fr. Dionicio Alberca, CPPS; and the “Future” by Fr. Joseph Deardorff, CPPS.  Also present for the gathering was the Moderator General , Fr. Francesco Bartoloni, CPPS.  The celebration culminated with a Mass concelebrated by all the missionaries present, followed by a dinner, with musical numbers and memories of the Peruvian mission.

Text by Ricardo Llaque, Lay Associate, Peru
Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Province

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Missionaries Celebrate Anniversaries

The Jubilarians in Assumption Chapel at St. Charles Center

Missionaries of the Precious Blood around the world marked the Feast of the Precious Blood with special liturgies, shared meals and other celebrations.

On July 2, at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio, USA, Community members, Companions, Amici, family and friends filled the Chapel of the Assumption for an afternoon Mass, where Fr. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S., provincial director of the Cincinnati Province, offered a blessing over members who were marking a milestone anniversary.

The 15 jubilarians from the Cincinnati and Kansas City Provinces represented a combined total of 745 years of ministry to the Church and the people of God, he said.

As priests or brothers, they have been “blood brothers to each other in the bond of charity.”

They made a covenant with God and with the Community when they were ordained or professed, Fr. Larry said, and “we acknowledge that such covenants are never made lightly or easily. They have made many sacrifices. We give thanks to God for the gift of their ministry and we celebrate God’s presence in them, in their ministry, and in all of us.”

Marking milestone anniversaries were the following Missionaries: 60 years, Fr. James Bender, Br. Gabriel Bridges, Br. Daniel Eisenman and Fr. Richard Riedel; 50 years, Fr. George Albers, Fr. John Hoying, Fr. Edgar Jutte, Fr. Joseph Rodak, Fr. Paul Sanders and Fr. James Sloan; 40 years, Br. Hugh Henderson, Fr. John Srode and Fr. Jerome Stack; 25 years, Fr. Matthew Jozefiak.

Text and photo courtesy of Jean Giesige, Cincinnati Province

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Spirituality and Experience

Dick Bayuk, CPPS (left) shares a story with Cincinnati Province member, Pat Patterson, CPPS

Fr. Dick Bayuk, C.PP.S., in his presentation on preaching at the Cincinnati Province’s assembly in May, touched on points both divine and practical for Precious Blood preachers. Connecting the human and divine, Fr. Bayuk said good preachers use both spiritual inspiration and hard-won human experience in their preaching.

“We believe that we are able to see and encounter grace everywhere. That is a very Catholic notion. Not every denomination has that in its very marrow,” he said. “Ultimately, if we have spirituality without experience, then it’s an abstraction. Sometimes we want to downplay the importance of experience, but ultimately, that’s where theology begins. Spirituality that is not incarnated is just an ideology, unconnected to anything. The Eucharist, for example, is the experience of the incarnation in the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. It’s not just some sort of ritual that we go through. It’s incarnated. We are immersed into that experience.

“The Eucharist itself is a communal experience of spirituality. We commune for the purpose of being for one another that which we become: the body given, the blood poured out. That’s not the whole sum of the Eucharist, but that’s a point at which it is very much connected with our spirituality. We talk about being poured out for others, as the cup is poured out for us. That’s a very powerful image.”

Text and Photo courtesy of Jean Giesige, Cincinnati Province

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CCSJ Pays Visit to Guatemala

CCSJ students distributing tooth brushes to the youth of the parish

Eight people from Calumet College of Saint Joseph [CCSJ], which is sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, spent a week at La Labor, Guatemala in May. Students, faculty and staff members of the college have been doing outreach service work at Sangre de Cristo parish and the surrounding 13 villages for the past ten years.

This year the group was involved with several mission outreach projects. The college group carried over 650 pounds of various school, sewing, religious and dental goods to the 14 villages of La Labor.

One afternoon the group members helped in the dental hygiene outreach program that the health project of the parish offers to various grade schools. Volunteers gave toothbrushes and toothpaste to school children, then taught them the importance of good dental care.

The CCSJ members also had the opportunity to visit the school that is associated with Sangre de Cristo parish in La Labor. The school, the María de Mattias Education Institute, is overseen by Sr. Kris Schrader, ASC. The college brought 278 Spanish school books. Most of these new books were donated by Saint John the Baptist School in Hammond, Ind. The books will be used by the mobile school library. Also, the group helped paint the exterior of the recreational/multipurpose court for the institute.

An afternoon was spent at the sewing center in La Laguneta, Guatemala. The college helped purchase several sewing machines for the local church in order for the women to learn sewing skills. The sewing project has been a tremendous success. Several groups of women have completed the sewing courses and now are making school uniforms and other clothing items for their children. It is a way for the women to learn a skill and spend less money on clothing for their families.

Text and Photo: Jerry Schwieterman, CPPS

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Padre A. Susai Nathan Santhan, CPPS – 1976-2012


El Padre  A. Susai Nathan, C.PP.S. fue en verdad un misionero celoso y lleno de amor por Dios y por los pobres. Nació en Vettavalam, Diócesis de  Vellore, en el Estado de Tamil Nadu, India y tuvo como padres a Arul Doss y María Susai. Era el séptimo hijo de la familia y el más joven entre sus hermanos.  Fue un estudiante muy inteligente, pero al mismo tiempo  humilde.

Entró en nuestro  Seminario de la Preciosa Sangre en San Gaspar Bhavan, Bangalore, en 1994. Después de concluir  Filosofía y Teología en el Dharmaran College, se incorporó a la Congregación el 20 de abril de 2002. Consiguió  el  Master en Teología por  el Pontificio Instituto de San Pedro, donde obtuvo la Licenciatura en Teología Bíblica. Fue ordenado sacerdote el 12 de julio 2003.

Trabajó como párroco auxiliar  entre 2003-2004 en la Iglesia de San José, en Bangalore. Más tarde, desde 2004 hasta 2005, trabajó como coadjutor en la iglesia de St. Paul en KGF (Kolar Gold Fields). En 2005 fue a trabajar en la Provincia Teutónica CPPS, en Alemania. Hasta 2012  desempeñó el cargo de párroco auxiliar en la iglesia de San Gaspar, Nuenheerse. Ejerció su ministerio pastoral con  los sacerdotes diocesanos y  se puso a servicio del pueblo  en las cercanías de la Diócesis de Paderborn, Alemania.

Fue amado por la gente de Alemania y por los miembros de la comunidad CPPS. Era sencillo, amable y muy comprensivo. En 2011,  le fue diagnosticada la enfermedad de  cáncer y los médicos en Alemania no le prometían mucho tiempo de vida. Regresó a la India, su tierra natal,  en junio de 2012 para poder pasar sus últimos días con su familia y con los miembros de la comunidad CPPS.  Fue ingresado en el “St. John’s Medical College Hospital”, en Bangalore,  pero no resistió mucho tiempo y  el Señor Misericordioso, le recibió en el Reino de los Cielos, el 17 de julio de 2012, como el primer misionero  CPPS de la India en el Cielo.

Texto: Michael Peters, CPPS
Foto: Barry Fischer, CPPS

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Padre A. Susai Nathan Santhan, CPPS – 1976-2012

Padre A. Susai Nathan, C.PP.S era davvero un missionario zelante e pieno di amore per Dio e per i poveri. Nato a Vettavalam nella Diocesi  di Vellore in Tamil Nadu, India, da Arul Doss e Susai Maria, era il settimo figlio e più giovane della famiglia,

Era uno studente molto intelligente, ma sempre molto umile. È entrato nel Seminario del Preziosissimo Sangue presso il nostro St. Gaspar Bhavan, a Bangalore, nel 1994. Dopo aver completato gli studi di Filosofia e Teologia presso il Dharmaran College, è stato incorporato nella nostra Congregazione, il 20 aprile 2002. Dopo il Master in Teologia presso l’Istituto Pontificio di San Pietro, dove ha conseguito la Licenza in Teologia Biblica, è stato ordinato sacerdote il 12 luglio 2003.

Ha lavorato come vice parroco nel periodo tra il 2003 e il 2004 nella chiesa di San Giuseppe a Bangalore. In seguito, dal 2004 al 2005, ha lavorato come vice parroco nella chiesa di San Paolo a KGF. Nel 2005 è stato assegnato a lavorare nella Provincia Teutonica CPPS. Fino al 2012 ha prestato servizio come viceparroco nella chiesa di San Gaspare, a Nuenheerse. Ha lavorato con i sacerdoti diocesani rimanendo sempre al servizio della gente della zona e nell’area a ridosso di Paderborn in Germania.

Era amato dai tedeschi così come dai membri della comunità. Era semplice e gentile e molto comprensivo. Nel 2011, gli è stato diagnosticato un cancro e i medici in Germania non gli hanno dato molte speranze di vita. Tornato in India nel giugno 2012 per passare accanto ai suoi cari i suoi ultimi giorni, è stato ricoverato al St. John Medical College Hospital di Bangalore per il trattamento del cancro. E il Signore misericordioso lo ha accolto nel suo regno il 17 luglio scorso, come il primo missionario indiano in cielo.

Testo: Michael Peters, CPPS
Foto per gentile concessione di Barry Fischer, CPPS

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Fr. A. Susai Nathan Santhan, CPPS – 1976-2012

Fr. A. Susai Nathan, C.PP.S was truly a zealous missionary and filled with love for God and for the poor.  He was born to Arul Doss and Susai Mary as the 7th and youngest child of the family at Vettavalam, Vellore Diocese in Tamil Nadu, India.

He was a very clever student and yet humble.  He joined the Precious Blood Seminary and entered our St. Gaspar Bhavan, Bangalore in 1994.  After his completion of Philosophy and Theology at Dharmaran College, he was incorporated into our Congregation on 20 April 2002.  After his Master in Theology at St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, where he obtained a License in Biblical Theology, he was ordained a priest 12 July 2003.

He worked as Assistant Parish Priest from 2003-2004 at St. Joseph’s Church in Bangalore. Later from 2004 to 2005, he worked as Assistant Parish Priest at KGF St. Paul’s Church.  In 2005 he was assigned to work in the CPPS Teutonic Province.  Until 2012 he worked as an Assistant Parish Priest at St. Gaspar’s Church, Nuenheerse.  He worked with the diocesan priests and he was at the service of the people there and around Paderborn in Germany.

He was loved by the German people and by the community members. He was simple and gentle and very understanding.  In 2011, he was diagnosed as cancer patient and the doctors in Germany could not offer great hope.  He returned to India in June 2012 to pass his last days.  He was admitted at St. John’s Medical College Hospital, Bangalore for the cancer treatment.  And the Merciful Lord received him into his Kingdom on the 17 July 2012, as the first Indian CPPS missionary in heaven.

Text: Michael Peters, CPPS
Photo courtesy of Barry Fischer, CPPS

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Asamblea Electoral de la Provincia Italiana

La provincia italiana CPPS ha celebrado en Roma su Asamblea Electoral entre los días  10 y 13 de  julio, en el Colegio de la Preciosa, situado en Narni, 29,  Roma.

Los integrantes de la nueva Dirección Provincial, son:

Director Provincial: P. Oliviero Magnone, CPPS

Vice Director Provincial: P. Luigi De Fazio, CPPS

Segundo Consejero: P. Vincenzo Zoino, CPPS

3 º Consejero y Tesorero Provincial: P. Simone Masone, CPPS

4 º Consejero y Secretario Provincial: P. Benedetto Labate, CPPS

Texto y foto, cortesía de Benedetto Labate

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P. Gary Scherer, CPPS, 1939-2012

El P. Gary Scherer, CPPS, murió el Viernes, 06 de Julio de 2012, en el St. Charles Center, Cartagena, Ohio, a la edad de 73 años. Había tenido problemas de salud desde hacía algún tiempo.

Nació el 03 de enero 1939, en Portsmouth, Ohio, de John y Ruth (Seyfried) Scherer. Entró en la Congregación en 1958 y fue ordenado sacerdote el 3 de junio de 1967.

Su primer encargo pastoral fue el de   Vicario Parroquial de  la Iglesia de San José en Wapakoneta, Ohio, desde 1967-1970. A continuación, ejerció el cargo de capellán en el Hospital del Santo Nombre en Cincinnati desde1970 a 1981 y después pasó más de 20 años como capellán en el Centro Médico de Santa  Elizabeth, de Dayton.

En el año 2000, fue nombrado vicario parroquial de la Iglesia de San Juan Bautista en Whiting, Indiana, donde ejerció su ministerio sacerdotal hasta que,  por falta de salud, fue obligado a jubilarse en 2010.

El P. Scherer era un alma cordial, artista eximio y muy amable con todos los que encontraba. Guitarrista y tenor extraordinario, le gustaba todo tipo de música, desde ópera hasta la música “country. Aunque su larga enfermedad le dejó muy debilitado, raramente se quejaba, y su sufrimiento le enseñó a ser compasivo con los que sufrían.

La misa de exequias se celebrará el próximo martes, 10 de julio a las dos de la tarde en la capilla de St. Charles Center, Cartagena, Ohio, El presidente de la celebración será el P. Larry Hemmelgarn, CPPS.,  mientras  la homilía quedará  a cargo  del P. Thomas Beischel, CPPS. El cortejo fúnebre seguirá hasta el  cementerio de la Comunidad, donde el P. Scherer será sepultado.

Texto y foto cortesía de Jean Giesige, Provincia de Cincinnati

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