January 2022

Bi-monthly e-newsletter giving witness to our Precious Blood Spirituality,
grounded in Catholic Social Teaching and Gospel values

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Voices of Faith

Sister Mumbi Kigutha recently participated in “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence: From Violence to Human Rights in the Roman Catholic Church,” a multi-part online series hosted by Voices of Faith. Sister Mumbi’s presentation is available on YouTube.

Based in Rome, Voices of Faith is “an initiative that creates events, media outreach and international network groups to empower Catholic women into decision making roles at local and global levels of the Catholic Church,” according to the group’s website.

Other presentations in the series explored the topics of spiritual abuse and manipulation, and reckoning with the history of slavery and segregation in Catholic women’s religious life. The series was also covered in an article in Global Sisters Report.

By Mary Knapke
Communications assistant

“Thank you” from Greentree Co-op Market

Over the past 18 months, the Congregation has donated COVID stimulus funds to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations across the country. Just one of these organizations is Greentree Co-op Market, a cooperatively owned grocery store in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The market moved to a new location that opened Dec. 8.

“They are really working hard to expand services to strengthen our downtown community and to work with local farmers to provide organic food to everybody, plus more jobs,” said Sister Marie Kopin, who lives in Mount Pleasant. Read More

Indigenous peoples in the U.S.

Racism was a topic all of us Precious Blood Sisters reflected on during the last year, and the recent Leadership Conference of Women Religious Virtual 2021 Assembly also discussed it. This complex topic continues to need attention, so this short piece continues our conversation about race.

The candles burn low as I see the spirits of my Cherokee ancestors in heart-wrenching tears leave the courts of “American Justice.” Ancestral lands of Georgia and South Carolina, their homes, all that was theirs, is being taken away. I see their long journey west, the “Trail of Tears,” where disease, exposure to winter snows, and starvation spelled death to half of the 16 thousand souls who began the long walk. Tribe by tribe, death by death, the journey of their tears is multiplied as white settlers take possession of native lands.

The scene above gives only the tip of the iceberg to the scourge of racism that followed the indigenous from 1492 until well into the 20th century. Native population on land that would become the United States was estimated at 7 million to 10 million with the arrival of the Europeans. As demands for land on the part of the new settlers followed, it soon became clear that the war between the white man’s civilization and the natural world of the Native Peoples was here to stay.

Before long the government echoed the cry of the settlers that Native Peoples and the whites could not live together. The indigenous were different in color, and in cultural and religious aspects. They were frightening, and so they were portrayed as pagan savages who must be killed in the name of civilization and Christianity. Insulting to the Native Nations’ high cultural development, even missionaries preached with the conviction that the indigenous “had minds and hearts hitherto uncultivated.” Walt Whitman, a famous American poet, put it grossly in these words: “The nigger, like the Injun, will be eliminated. It is the law of the races, history.” Read More

You Are Invited . . .

The Sisters of the Precious Blood are hosting the third webinar in our Catholicism and Racial Justice series. “Transforming Communities to be Intercultural and Anti-Racist,” presented by Anita Baird, DHM, will be held February 15, 2022, at 6:15-7:30 p.m. EST.

Sister Anita Baird has been nationally recognized for religious and community activism for her work in racial justice. She was the first African American to serve as chief of staff to the Archbishop of Chicago and was the founding director of the Office for Racial Justice in the Archdiocese. She has served as president of the National Black Sisters’ Conference and is presently on its board of directors.

You are invited to register for the webinar by clicking here. The webinar will also be livestreamed on Facebook at PBSistersDayton.

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