In brief

Precious Blood Sisters have been busy with a variety of recent events. In all that we do, we strive to continue to fulfill our mission to proclaim God’s love by being a life-giving, reconciling presence in our fractured world.

January 23 — Members of the Congregation attended the memorial for the Rev. Robert Schreiter, CPPS, at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Following Mass, Sister Mi-Kyoung Hwang delivered a lecture titled “A Spirituality of Reconciliation: Robert Schreiter, a Reconciling Presence in Integrity of Heart.” The lecture is available online here.

February 7 — The Congregation welcomed our new peace, justice and ecology coordinator, Jen Morin-Williamson. Jen previously served for 10 years as a campus minister at the University of Dayton and 12 years as a youth minister at St. Susanna Parish in Mason, Ohio.

February 18 — Several Sisters enjoyed an open house at Brunner Literacy Center at their new location on Shiloh Springs Road in Dayton. The center was founded by Sisters Maryann Bremke and Helen Weber in 2011 and offers educational programs in Adult Basic Education, GED preparation, continuing education, and English language learning.

February 28Sisters Judy Kroeger and Nancy Wolf retired from their positions as administrator and coordinator of Sisters at Salem Heights, the Congregation’s central house in Dayton. With heartfelt gratitude, the Congregation offers a prayer of thanksgiving for their years of caring ministry to their fellow Sisters, especially throughout the COVID pandemic. Thank you, Sister Judy and Sister Nancy!

February 28Sister Judy Niday was featured as “Resident of the Month” by Siena Village Senior Living. Sister Judy retired as chaplain from Siena Woods, just next door to Siena Village, where she has lived for several years.

March — Sister Judy Niday — along with Sisters Martha Bertke, Martha Eckstein, Jane Francis Hoffman, Mary Lou Schmersal and Juliana Wuur; an inquirer, Shela; and staff member Cristen Allen — packaged 2,800 small envelopes with cucumber, parsley, summer squash and watermelon seeds. The project totaled 58 volunteer hours with Five Rivers MetroParks, which distributes the “Garden to Go Kits” to local organizations such as Gem City Market and Second Street Market.

March 5Sisters Maryann Bremke and Helen Weber were the first recipients of the Founders Award, presented by Brunner Literacy Center at its 10th anniversary celebration, held at Dayton Metro Library. Approximately 40 Sisters attended. Beginning in 2023, the Founders Award will be given to one outstanding tutor each year.

March 6Sister Mi-Kyoung Hwang attended the inauguration of Sister Barbara Reid, OP, as the eighth president — and first female president — of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

March 8-14 — In celebration of Catholic Sisters Week, Council visited some organizations in the Dayton area which we support — some of which were begun by our Sisters. Council, along with staff members Peg Birkemeyer, Jenna Legg and Jen Morin-Williamson, stopped by to deliver planters to Brigid’s Path, Brunner Literacy Center, Food for the Journey Project, Homefull, House of Bread, Miami Valley Meals and St. Mary Development Corporation.

March 27 — Sisters Carolyn Hoying, Donna Liette and Mi-Kyoung Hwang attended the Faculty Promotion Convocation at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Brother Antonio Sison, CPPS, was promoted to professor of systematic theology and appointed Vatican Council II Chair of Theology.

AprilSister Jeanette Buehler and Peace, Justice and Ecology Coordinator Jen Morin-Williamson recently attended two conferences exploring regional solidarity and how to create a more just, equitable and inclusive city. “The Common Good in a Divided City: Racism, The Church, & The Challenge of Regional Solidarity” was held April 1-3 at the University of Dayton, and “Imagining Community Symposium: Shaping a More Equitable Dayton” was held April 7-8 at The Hub Powered by PNC Bank at the Dayton Arcade.

April 1 – May 14 — Artwork created by Rosie Monnin, a former member, was featured at the Dana L. Wiley Gallery in downtown Dayton. A short documentary film about Monnin’s life — including a visit to Salem Heights, our central house in Dayton — was included in the exhibit. Artwork by Sisters Alice Schoettelkotte and Katie Lett was included in a silent auction to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter.

April 13 — The Precious Blood Spirituality Institute has named Vicky Otto as its first executive director. The PBSI is a new partnership of the Sisters of the Precious Blood, Adorers of the Blood of Christ, and Missionaries of the Precious Blood. It was formed earlier this year to promote Precious Blood spirituality to the world.

April 15 — Sisters Jeanette Buehler, Paula Gero, Rosemary Goubeaux, Joyce Kahle, Patty Kremer; inquirers Felista and Shela; discerner Pauline; and Peace, Justice and Ecology Coordinator Jen Morin-Williamson participated in this year’s annual Walk for Justice and Peace, traditionally held on Good Friday in downtown Dayton.

Top, Sister Mi-Kyoung delivers a lecture at CTU in Chicago; second, Jen; contributed photos. Third, Sister Maryann gives a tour of the new Brunner Literacy Center; fourth, Sisters Judy and Nancy with their retirement cake; Michelle Bodine photos. Fifth, Sister Judy with her artwork and a gift card for “Resident of the Month” contributed photo. Sixth, Shela and Sister Judy packaging seeds for Five Rivers MetroParks; Jen Morin-Williamson photo. Seventh, Sisters Helen and Maryann with the Founders Award; Michelle Bodine photo. Eighth, Sister Mi-Kyoung with Sister Barbara Reid, OP, at CTU in Chicago; contributed photo. Ninth, Sister Marita with Miami Valley Meals staff; Jen Morin-Williamson photo. Tenth, Sisters Carolyn, Donna and Mi-Kyoung at CTU in Chicago; eleventh, artwork by Rosie; contributed photos. Bottom, Sisters Jeanette, Joyce and Rosemary at the Walk for Justice and Peace in Dayton; Jen Morin-Williamson photo.

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