The Missionaries have come to understand that part of their work within the church is that of reconciliation: in war-torn countries, on uneasy city streets, among families and in any groups or individuals who are suffering from the pain that life sometimes delivers — or that we sometimes deliver to ourselves.
Because the Blood of Jesus reunites all of creation, the Missionaries share that healing presence with anyone who feels alienated, angry or alone. They understand that reconciliation is a process, and that often they will fail in this important work: but they continue to help others seek God's redemption and peace.
In doing so, all are blessed. Father David Kelly, C.PP.S., is the director of the Missionaries' Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation on the south side of Chicago. In that urban setting, the Missionaries work every day with people whose lives are touched by violence and uncertainty.
Fr. Kelly writes, "I believe that good can come out of us when we wrestle with disappointment and suffering; I do not believe that there is good that comes out of tragedy, but that the good comes out of us in spite of the tragedy. I do believe that we can come out of all this a stronger people, but not because of the tragedy, but because of our relationship with a God who is so very present in the suffering-which includes our relationships with one another."
We invite you to read an article about Father Robert Schreiter, C.PP.S., who speaks and writes about the theology of the Precious Blood and reconciliation: A New Creation: Hope for Healing in a Troubled World.
Brazilian Bishop Erwin Kräutler, C.PP.S. — a native of Austria who is a member of the Missionaries' German / Teutonic Province and bishop of the Territorial Prelature of Xingu, Pará, Brazil — exemplifies Precious Blood reconciliation ministry in action.
Bishop KrĂ¤utler won the 2008 Right Livelihood Award "for a lifetime of work for the human and environmental rights of indigenous peoples and for his tireless efforts to save the Amazon forest from destruction."
In 2010 the International Human Rights Forum Lucerne awarded Bishop Erwin Kräutler its Alternative Nobel Prize "for his ongoing engagement for human rights."
Photographs: Top: Father David Kelly, C.PP.S., center, sits in a circle with young men at the Precious Blood center in Chicago. Bottom: Bishop Erwin Kräutler, C.PP.S., of Xingu, Pará, Brazil, a member of the Missionaries' German / Teutonic Province.