Congregatio Pretiosissimi Sanguinis (C.PP.S.)
— Congregation of the Most Precious Blood
Top: Choir sings during Spirit Days at Salem Heights. Middle: Father Bill Kramer presides at Eucharist with the community. Bottom: Cups containing Precious Blood on the altar at Salem Heights chapel
The redeeming love of Jesus remains the basic inspiration for Sisters of the Precious Blood today, just as it was the animating inspiration of our foundress, Maria Anna Brunner more than 175 years ago. Our congregation's governing document, Our Way of Life, outlines the pivotal role the spirituality of the Blood of Christ continues to have for C.PP.S. women:
"This Precious Blood spirituality calls us to lives of continual conversion and transformation...
As an awareness of this mystery grows in our lives, Jesus' self-giving produces in us an urgency to proclaim, through our lives and through our ministries, the overwhelming love and care of God for all of creation." (n.2)
Our Precious Blood spirituality permeates all that we do and inspires us to do great things for our sisters and brothers throughout the world. Our faith-based service brings unmatched personal fulfillment and perpetual proclamations of glory to God.
Left: 2011 Jubilee Mass. Right: Sisters Terry Maher and Mary Ellen Lampe pray in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Salem Heights.
Sisters Reflect on Precious Blood Spirituality
Sister Charmaine Grilliot
As members of a congregation devoted to the Precious Blood of Jesus, we live Precious Blood spirituality as core and fundamental to who we are. My comments in this article, however, will be personal, as each of us lives out this spirituality in our own way. In concluding, I will draw some more universal applications about the nature of Precious Blood spirituality.
In the third grade, I knew that I wanted to be a Sister of the Precious Blood, and I wanted to be a teacher. I was attending St. Mary School in Dayton, Ohio, and Sisters of the Precious Blood taught me. Their lives of prayer and service inspired me and motivated me.
As students, we attended daily Mass and received Communion, all of which was recorded on a chart for display in the classroom. More...
Sister Joyce Ann Zimmerman
Precious Blood spirituality surely predates the 175- year- history of the Sisters of the Precious Blood. In fact, it even predates St. Gaspar del Bufalo (1786-1837), founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. The earliest mention of a confraternity (a group of people bonded together with a common purpose) devoted to the Precious Blood dates to about 75 years before Gaspar’s birth. It quickly became Europe and North America. Today there are a number of congregations and societies devoted to the Precious Blood.
While there are many similarities in prayers and practices among us, we Dayton Sisters of the Precious Blood have a particularly strong focus among the members of the Precious Blood family that marks our spirituality as unique. More...
Sacraments in Red By Sr. Benita Volk
Vocation Stories published on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Vocations Web page:
Sister Cecilia Taphorn (scroll down to January 28, 2012)
What C.PP.S. Means to Me (a series published in issues of Sharing & Caring):
Sister Maryann Bremke
Sister Ann Clark
Sister Pat Dieringer
Sister Lou Ann Roof
Sister Cecilia Taphorn