Left, Sister Joyce Kahle working with Sonia at the IGER adult education program in Guatemala; middle, Sister Marifé Hellman working with students from the School for Mayan Women in Guatemala; contributed photos. Right, working in small groups, students in medical ethics class process case studies. Here Sister Karen Elliott listens to an animated discussion of ethical pros and cons in a difficult case. Pat Morrison photo
When the Sisters of the Precious Blood came to America in 1844, education – of German immigrants – was our first mission. That focus continued as we taught in rural areas and inner cities, Catholic and public schools, elementary and secondary institutions, and universities. We believe that educating our sisters and brothers, young and old, lifts people from poverty, fosters understanding among cultures, inspires innovation, and opens opportunities. In and out of the classroom, we continue to be educators today.
- Catechetical leadership
- Liturgical education
- School for Mayan women
- Brunner Literacy Center; Literacy Center launched in Trotwood; Literacy Center Wins Award; bulletin article
- Interview with Sister Karen Elliott published in Management Monthly, Newsletter for Educators, October 2011
Sisters Joyce Kahle and Terry Walter
In September 2015, Sisters Terry Walter and Joyce Kahle, who had lived in Guatemala previously, returned to Guatemala with the blessing and support of the Precious Blood Congregation and established Casa Sofia, a safe residence where women live without cost while continuing their education. They have part-time jobs to cover their transportation and personal items while donations help with extras such as medical needs and computers. Currently there are nine students at Casa Sofia studying social work, education, nursing, theology and agronomy.
For more information, visit this page on Facebook: Escuela Santa Maria de la Preciosisima Sangre
Sister Anne Schulz
Sister Ann retired as an administrator/CEO of Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School in 20?? and passed away in January 2022. She started the school in 1998 with 20 students. Today there are 492 students. Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School (MTCES) is a private Catholic Elementary School in the West Chester and Liberty Township in Butler County, Ohio. MTCES is a K–8 elementary school.
The mission and goal is to form strong Christian young men and women who are confident in themselves and have a strong relationship with their God. They will be men and women who make a difference in their environment and realize that they have a responsibility to those less fortunate.
Her job was to work as a team with 45 faculty and staff to create an environment where respect is the motivating factor of the school. The youngest kindergartner is as important as the oldest eighth grader. Child is as important as an adult. To truly live this is challenging but very rewarding.
Sadly, Sister Ann was the only Sister involved at MTCES. However, she did feel the support from the Salem Heights Sisters, her Cluster and Sisters Mary Garke and Joan DeChristopher.
She thought often of our mission/charism/spirituality and realized that she, in an indirect way, carried out our mission/charism/spirituality. She firmly believed that we need to continue to reach out to the upper middle class as they are the ones who are the go-getters and doers for those less fortunate. Everything today stresses being rich, owning bigger and bigger houses, cars, etc. Look at the commercials today and you realize that a Lincoln is something we should all strive for. The poor are lost. If we do not shape the conscience of the upper middle class the poor will be truly lost.
She loved working with children as they are our future. She felt her life as a Sister of the Precious Blood is a witness to those she touched. She felt blessed by God for a wonderful life.
Sister Paula Gero
I recently retired from teaching elementary school for 47 years, mostly at St. Pius X School in Flint, Michigan. There I was also involved in CCD, RCIA, and Girl Scouts.
Now that I have moved to Dayton I belong to the Salem Heights choir and assist with liturgy and sacristy work at the Maria Joseph Center. My main job is at the Brunner Literacy Center. At first I tutored several students and did secretarial work. Later, I became program coordinator at a new site we opened on Brown Street, in cooperation with Catholic Social Services, for tutoring refugees in English. Now I coordinate the Riverview site, where we tutor adults in elementary education.
I lived at Orchard House for a short time. Now I live at the novitiate house at Amherst Place with Sister Rita and novice Mi-Kyoung.