The Precious Blood Leadership Conference (PBLC) finds itself in the unique position this year to respond to an appeal for assistance from the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood for the education of their Sisters, especially in their African provinces. Sister Mary Paul Wamatu, CPS contacted Sister Fran Raia, CPPS, president of the O’Fallon, MO Precious Blood Sisters, with a description of the areas of service that the CPS Sisters cover and the need they have for education. Sisters with higher education are able to obtain positions where the salaries allow the congregation to become more self-sufficient in the future, thus freeing other sisters for training and ministry among the poorest of the poor.
The PBLC approved a gift of $10,000.00 to the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood for the education of their young sisters in the Province of East Africa. This unique and one-time gift was able to be given because of the change in the structure of the Conference. The gift allows the PBLC to connect and collaborate with other congregations devoted to the Precious Blood that are not members of PBLC.
The Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood were founded in Durban, South Africa in 1885. The community numbers around 800 sisters and serves in 21 countries around the world. Their sisters work primarily in education of women, health care and social work, as well as pastoral work, domestic work and agriculture. Among specific ministries are orphanages and homes for vulnerable children and the elderly, as well as work with street children and children with AIDS.
The demographics of the congregation have changed in a way that the younger Sisters are coming from countries where they do not have the financial support of sisters who have gone before them. “To meet the modern demands of services provided by the congregation, the sisters need higher education,” Sister Mary Paul wrote in a letter to Sister Fran. “Education is costly, especially in countries where incomes are very low. Helping the sisters get better jobs will bring a higher income so that the community can support itself in the future.”