I visited the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR) in Chicago the week of July 16 and was moved by the stories of the women and young men that the ministry touches. The old school building that provides a safe place for the people of the violence-torn Back of the Yards neighborhood allows them to build community and to find healing and reconciliation. I was privileged to join in Sister Donna’s healing circle for women, to hear their stories and to add my own story to the narrative of our human condition. Emotions of sorrow, relief, joy, determination and hope were heartfelt and shared among us. We can all be proud of the tireless efforts of many at this Precious Blood ministry, led by Sisters Donna and Carolyn and by Fathers Dave and Denny, as well as their tremendous staff.
By Colleen Kammer