The Missionaries of the Precious Blood were founded by Saint Gaspar del Bufalo on August 15, 1815. The official title, Congregatio Missionariorum Pretiosissimi Sanguinis Domini Nostri Jesus Christi is rendered in English, Congregation of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood--abbreviated, C.PP.S. Primary to Gaspar's idea of the Congregation was the preaching of missions, to invigorate a Church which had grown weak under the reign of Napoleon. The venerable John Merlini was responsible for much growth of the congregation in Europe. Later, in 1843, Fr. Francis de Sales Brunner and a small group of missionaries came to America at the invitation of Bishop Purcell of Cincinnati, Ohio to minister to the German immigrants in western Ohio.
The Missionaries of the Precious Blood are a Society of the Apostolic Life, not a Religious Order, like the Franciscans or Jesuits. The main difference between a Religious Order and a Society of the Apostolic Life is that members of Religious Orders enter the vowed life. The members of the Congregation do not take those vows as part of their membership in the community. Instead, in the Rite of Definitive Incorporation, or profession ceremony, all the members, priest and brothers, make a promise of fidelity to the Society.
For the members that are ordained, a vow of celibacy and obedience is part of the ordination rite. This structure was the wish of Gaspar Del Bufalo, the founder, who called together diocesan clergy into a unity that was bonded by charity alone, not religious vows.
In recent years, there has been much discussion taking place on campuses of Catholic Colleges and Universities regarding their identity. At Saint Joseph's College, the local C.PP.S. Community published a Statement of Purpose, which outlines how the spirituality of the Precious Blood is incorporated into the life of the College.
Currently the Missionaries of the Precious of the Cincinnati Province strive to live out the vision of St. Gaspar in these numerous forms of ministry.
We, the Cincinnati Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, are an apostolic community founded in 1815 by Saint Gaspar del Bufalo.
We are united by a bond of charity and rooted in the Spirituality of the Blood of Jesus.
We are called to participate in the on-going renewal of the Church and the realization of the Presence of God among ourselves and those we serve.
In our willingness to be flexible and responsive to changing needs, we fulfill our mission through:
You can also find out more about the various religious congregations dedicated to the Precious Blood at the Precious Blood Leadership Conference.
If you have any questions about the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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