Clockwise, from left, Sister Anne Schulz with students from the Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary school in Liberty Township, Ohio; Pat Morrison photo. Banner of Mother Brunner; painted by Sister Eileen Tomlinson. Sister Karen Elliott helps to rebuild New Orleans after hurricane Katrina; Sister Arlene Hirsch with a volunteer at a food bank in Dayton, Ohio; Sister Nancy Kinross congratulates a student in Cincinnati, Ohio; contributed photos.
Since 1834 the Sisters of the Precious Blood have met the needs of the time. Inspired by our foundress, Maria Anna Brunner, and “that not one drop of his Precious Blood be shed in vain,” we try to see where the need is great and to respond. Mother Brunner spent nights praying before the Blessed Sacrament and during the day helped the poor and the needy where she lived. Eucharist is a very important part of who we are and how we live. At each Mass we are sent forth to “announce the Gospel of the Lord” or to “glorify the Lord by your life.” As a community of women religious dedicated to the Blood of Christ we recognize the preciousness of life, the need for reconciliation in our world, and the needs of the poor and those on the margins. We respond to these needs and try to be a life-giving reconciling presence in places like Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation in Chicago; in a clinic that serves the poor in San Bernardino, California; as a drug rehabilitation counselor in Michigan; in Santiago, Chile; or in Guatemala.