Inside the CPPS Archives – Sharing & Caring Turns 35

This column showcases artifacts or documents from the CPPS Archives in each issue of Sharing & Caring.

In October 1989, the first issue of Sharing & Caring, then called CPPS Sharing & Caring, was published for the Sisters as an internal publication. The first columns included CPPS outreach projects, justice updates, vocation updates, prayer requests and obituaries.

The last column in the first issue read: “The Editorial Staff expresses appreciation to those Sisters who submitted suggestions for naming the CPPS internal communications piece. There were fifty entries from across the Congregation and Chile given to the five-member selection committee. The committee narrowed the name choices to three which were given to the editorial staff. We congratulate Sr. Della Mae Meyer for the winning entry: CPPS Sharing & Caring.” Sister Mary Cordelia Gast drew the first logo.

The Sisters have had an internal newsletter since 1952: Ave Regina from 1952 to 1964, CPPS Dialog from 1964 to 1978, CPPS Communicator from 1982 to 1985, and Interim Times from 1987 to 1989. These newsletters spread information to the Congregation, which, at its height in the late 1950s, had over 800 members. Other newsletters were published within regions or specific ministries, such as Western Echoes, Southern Circle, and Chilegrams. The Sisters’ first newsletter sent to the public was In Touch, which ran from 1981 to 1986.

The Sisters’ longest-running publication, Sharing & Caring has been an important way for the Sisters of the Precious Blood to spread their good work to the communities they serve. The Sisters and staff appreciate all the readers who continue to join us on this journey!

— Story by Sarah Aisenbrey; photos from the CPPS Archives collection.

At right, logos from the beginning. From top, 1989-1994, 1994-1997,1997-2000, 2000-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2006, 2006-2013, 2013-present.

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