Virtual Tour of St. Gaspar's Italy, celebrating the bicentennial of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.
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On August 15, 2015 the Missionaries of the Precious Blood will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of their congregation by St. Gaspar del Bufalo. In recognition of this milestone in the history of their congregation the Missionaries of the Precious Blood invite you to access the materials posted in this section of the website and celebrate this Jubilee year with them by participating in various events and using published materials.
The idea of Jubilee is often thought of as an occasion to remember and to celebrate the anniversary of an important event or a significant day in the life of a nation, a business, a religious congregation or a person. In the ancient Judeo-Christian tradition the meaning of Jubilee is often connected with the Hebrew term Yobel, the action of sounding a ram’s horn or trumpet in a public arena. As we prepare for the bicentennial of the founding of our Congregation we have an opportunity to appreciate the deeper meaning of Jubilee that is found in scripture and expand the way we observe and celebrate this important milestone in our history. There are five traditions that form the core of jubilee teaching: Sabbath-rest/fallow land, forgiveness, freedom, justice and jubilation. The foundations for Jubilee are found in Leviticus 25, Isaiah 61 and Luke 4:16-20.
Fr. Kostka is 100 years old and is still very involved in promoting devotion to the Blood of Christ. He offers us some reflections as we celebrate our Jubilee year.
As part of our celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, we're inviting member, Companions, Amici and friends of the community to do service projects in the tradition of St. Gaspar del Bufalo. We hope to reach and surpass our goal of 1,000 hours during this jubilee year.
In this volume, Fr. Michele gives us a rich portrait of Francesco Albertini, also known as the hidden father of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, as Albertini was St.
Volume I of this two-volume work examines St. Gaspar's preaching on the devotion to the Precious Blood. Gaspar was renowned as one of the great preachers of his day; the Congregation he founded in 1815 had as its special aim the preaching of missions and retreats for the renewal of the Church.
This article talks about the theme of Jubilee from the writings of Maria Harris in her book "Proclaim Jubilee!"
Suggestions for Service Hours
Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S.
As part of our celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Missionaries
of the Precious Blood, we’re inviting members, Companions,
Amici and friends of the community to do service projects in
the tradition of St. Gaspar del Bufalo. We hope to reach and surpass
our goal of 1,000 hours during this jubilee year.
Consider the life of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, our founder:
• St. Gaspar was active at Santa Galla in Rome, visiting and
ministering the sick there.
• St. Gaspar was active among the poor who came to Rome to
sell their produce and wares.
• St. Gaspar was active among those who had been in trouble
with the law and needed to put their lives back together.
• St. Gaspar spent four years in exile and prison.
These ministries may inspire you to visit the sick in nursing
homes, hospitals, their own homes, or even the infi rmary at St.
These ministries may inspire you to reach out to the poor and
“The life of a living body is in its blood,” we read in Leviticus 17:11. We have the opportunity every day to donate that which is most precious to us, a portion of our life, our blood, to others. Because we will never know who receives it, it is the ultimate gift. One could even see it as an imitation of Christ, who poured out his Blood for us.
God of Hope, you placed a dream in the heart of St. Gaspar that continues to unfold in the hearts of his Missionaires and Companions. This dream was inspired by your covenant of love, sealed in the Precious Blood of your Son for the life of the world. Make us witnesses after your own heart for the renewal of the Church and the transformation of the world. Bless our hearts and our homes as sacred spaces of hospitality that reverence the dignity of all life. Send us forth to be ambassadors for Christ in the ministry of reconciliation drawing all people near in your Blood.
This presentation will explore four basic symbols of Precious Blood spirituality. They are: covenant, cross, cup and the Lamb. All of these are rooted in the Scriptures, and evoke a wide range of meanings and memories. Each symbol will be presented as to its basic meanings as presented in the Scriptures, and then some of the meanings it haas for us today, both in our personal and communal lives in community, and also these connect with the work we do for the sake of the Church and the Reign of God.
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