March 2022

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

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Meet our peace, justice and ecology coordinator

Hi friends! My name is Jen Morin-Williamson and I am the Congregation’s new peace, justice and ecology coordinator. Even though my first day was just a few weeks ago, I know that God has prepared our journey together. To begin, I grew up in Celina, Ohio, and attended Immaculate Conception Parish. As a child, I didn’t know what it meant to be a Precious Blood Parish, but I was well formed by the Sisters and priests. Looking back, I realize how unique and special it is that I had, from a very young age, instilled in me a deep appreciation for the Eucharist and the Passion of Christ.

While my passion for justice, peace and environment has been lifelong, my path has not. I have tried to listen to God’s nudging throughout my life and respond with “yes.” (I am a lay Marianist, so that makes sense!) I am coming from the University of Dayton where I served for 10 years as a campus minister in Residence Life and for the LGBTQ+ community. Prior to that, I served for a dozen years as a youth minister at St. Susanna Parish in Mason, Ohio. However, I got my start in the workforce as an architect! Read More

Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth

“Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs.” (Canticle of the Creatures, in Francis of Assisi: Early Documents; quoted in Laudato Si 1.)

Nearly seven years ago, Pope Francis wrote an encyclical titled Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home. Many have read this letter and appreciate the attention brought to reversing the damage humanity has had on our ravaged planet. In May 2021, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development officially launched the Laudato Si Action Platform. This initiation is intentional in being relational in nature and action oriented. There are many resources online to assist specific groups including religious communities. Read More

Virtual prayer service for those affected by gun violence

Traditionally, the Community Homicide Prayer Vigil group has held an annual memorial prayer service in March to remember the victims of gun violence from the previous year, as well as their families. This year’s service will be held at noon March 5 on Facebook Live, broadcast from Salem Heights, the Congregation’s central house in Dayton. Joining in the remembrance will be members of the World House Choir. Read More

White Privilege and me

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.

An African-American woman I knew in my ministry in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati told me this story. When her mother was growing up in the South, she used to play with a little white girl. One day the girl told her, “I can’t play with you after eight o’clock at night.” “Why is that?” “Because after that, you grow a tail.”

This was just one story of many I heard that contributed to my awareness of the advantages of being white. I took for granted living in a world dominated by white: my family was white; I attended a white Catholic church and school; all my friends were white; I joined a white religious congregation; movie and TV stars were basically white; etc. I didn’t notice that white people also made up the majority of power in business, government, even the church. Read More

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