Our mission is to form lay Christians in Precious Blood spirituality by building community, walking with those who suffer, and seeking reconciliation in a divided world.
Precious Blood Volunteers will help you grow in your faith while serving others.
The Four Pillars of Precious Blood Volunteers
Walk With Those Who Suffer
Your ministry as a Precious Blood Volunteer will give you the opportunity to serve people who have been marginalized because of their race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, illness, immigration status, or income level. You will walk with Jesus by sharing in the joys and sufferings of the people you are working with.
Grow In Your Faith
Your experiences as a Precious Blood Volunteer will challenge and deepen your relationship with Jesus. You will have daily opportunities to pray and talk about your faith journey with others. These opportunities include daily community prayer, spiritual direction, and meeting with lay people and religious committed to renewal and reconciliation.
While serving as a Precious Blood Volunteer, you will live in community with other Precious Blood volunteers, priests, brothers, or sisters. You will pray, work, and learn with lay people and religious while living a simple lifestyle that reflects hospitality, reconciliation, and common prayer.
As a Precious Blood Volunteer you will share in the mission of all Christians to bring hope to the suffering, reconciliation to the alienated, a sense of community to the lonely, and a deeper faith to all who seek God. You will work to build bridges across the many divides in our communities, churches, and world.
What Do Our Volunteers Share?
Desire to be with and learn from the poor
Desire to serve others
Desire to grow in your faith
Ready to Volunteer?
“Through interacting, witnessing and being able to encounter and be vulnerable to the joys and pains of realities of [the people I worked with] I was able to catch the glimpses of God which are the moments and emotions that makes us truly human.”
– Marijo Gabriel, 2017
“I learned that ‘help’ doesn’t always mean to provide physical goods – it means sometimes just to be there and listen. This awareness had a sustainable impact on me. It filled my heart with great pleasure to walk with people in need…even if it were only a few steps!”
– Martin Echtler, 2017
“I’ve grown closer to God through daily mass, prayer, and with the relationships I’ve forged with people here. Every day I try to invite God’s Holy Spirit into my,heart , ,get out of the way of my own spiritual progress. While far from perfect, without a doubt I am leaving this experience as a changed and better woman.”
– Alia Sisson, 2017
“At the start of my volunteer commitment, I had expected to develop close interpersonal relationships with certain people such as my co-volunteers and housemates, especially considering the emphasis the program placed on community living. But there was no way for me to imagine the level of trust and friendship that blossomed throughout the course of this experience.”
– Lota Ofodile, 2017
“I could very well spend this post-graduate year at home, retaking classes, or spending time traveling. Personally, I believe the time I will spend here is more important to both my personal and spiritual growth.”
– Jade Bowman, 2015
Precious Blood Volunteer News
by Leah Landry, Precious Blood Volunteer Alumna 2017-2018 I think about my year as a Precious Blood Volunteer at Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation every day. Maybe it’s because I have only been gone for 16 months, but I have a feeling that my volunteer year...
So, you’re interested in volunteering for a year? You’ve heard about Precious Blood Volunteers and their involvement in restorative justice, but you’re not really sure what that means. If you Google “restorative justice,” you’ll find it defined as, “a system of...
by Leah Landry, Precious Blood Volunteers Alumna My life is dramatically different now than when I was a Precious Blood volunteer. I moved from my hometown of Chicago to Washington, D.C. I have two roommates who are in their 20s, instead of three Precious Blood...
Marie Trout, a Precious Blood lay Companion, and Fr. Al Ebach, C.PP.S., a Precious Blood priest, came up with a plan to give an opportunity for lay people to live in service to others for a year as part of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. In April 2008, they presented their idea at the Kansas City Province annual Assembly. Their plan was approved during the annual Assembly of the members of the Kansas City Province.
Since that time we have had volunteers serving people at schools, a health clinic, social service centers, a hospital, an LGBTQ service center, parishes, and a legal aid clinic. Our volunteers have gone on to careers in medicine, education, ministry, and engineering. Precious Blood Volunteers alumni have worked with organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Charities, Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, and the American Cancer Society.