CTU Announces First Director of the Schreiter Institute

The Precious Blood Spirituality Institute (PBSI) is pleased to announce the hiring of the first director of the Schreiter Institute at Catholic Theological Union, Dr. Kevin Considine, Ph.D.

Dr. Considine began his work in July 2022. He returns to Catholic Theological Union (CTU) as an alumnus and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology. “It is an honor and a privilege to be the inaugural Director of the Schreiter Institute,” commented Considine. “I knew Fr. Robert Schreiter, C.PP.S., for more than 15 years, was mentored by him, and look forward to the challenge of integrating the Precious Blood spirituality of reconciliation and peacemaking into the curriculum and life-blood of CTU.”

He has served throughout his career in education. He holds a MA in theology from CTU and a Ph.D. from Loyola University. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Ind. He is the author of several books and numerous journal articles, book reviews, and academic papers.

PBSI is a new partnership of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, and the Sisters of the Precious Blood. It was formed to promote Precious Blood spirituality to the world.

The Schreiter Institute was created to collaborate with CTU to offer courses, and workshops and support academic research that will advance this spirituality.  CTU President, Sr. Barbara Reid, O.P, commented, “We are thrilled to partner with three Precious Blood communities to establish a new institute at CTU that promotes their charism of justice, reconciliation, and peacebuilding.”

Fr. Dien Truong, C.PP.S., Celebrates 25th Ordination Anniversary

image of fr dien truongFr. Dien Truong, C.PP.S., is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his ordination this year. 

Fr. Truong, a native of Gia Dinh Province, Vietnam, was incorporated as a Missionary of the Precious Blood on April 17, 1995, and was ordained on June 28, 1997, at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Chicago.

His first assignment after ordination was as parochial vicar at St. James Church in Liberty, Mo.

In 2002, he traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, where he assisted with the Missionaries’ Vietnam project and was its director of formation. He returned to the U.S. in 2010 for graduate studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

In 2012, he was appointed director of the Missionaries’ Vietnam Mission and in the years that followed, served as the mission’s director of development and its assistant director.

Since 2021, he is a teacher at the Pastoral Institute of the Archdiocese of Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City.

Fr. Truong, along with all Missionaries of the Precious Blood 2022 jubilarians, were honored at the 2022 Assembly and again at a Mass at St. Charles Center on July 1, the Feast of the Precious Blood. 

“These Missionaries have devoted their lives to our Congregation’s mission and ministries,” said Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S., provincial director of the United States Province. “We are glad to honor them and to appreciate their service to our Church and our Congregation. May God bless them for their faithfulness.”

Fr. Timothy Guthridge, C.PP.S., Celebrates 25th Ordination Anniversary

image of fr Timothy guthridgeFr. Timothy Guthridge, C.PP.S., is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his ordination this year. 

Fr. Guthridge, a native of Chicago, was incorporated as a Missionary of the Precious Blood on April 18, 1995, and was ordained on June 28, 1997, at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Chicago.

His first assignment after ordination was as parochial vicar at Holy Family Church and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, both in Sweetwater, Tex., and their missions, Our Mother of Mercy, Merkel, Tex., and Roscoe, Tex.

From 2000–04, he was the parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Church and St. Patrick Church, both in Sedalia, Mo., as well as St. Joseph Church, Clifton, Mo.; St. Patrick Church, Spring Fork, Mo.; and St. John Church, Bahner, Mo. He ministered at St. Mary Church, Centerville, Iowa, in 2007, and St. Francis Xavier Church, St. Joseph, Mo., from 2008–12.

In 2013, Fr. Guthridge was named director of province retreats. He served as director of initial formation from 2014–16. From 2017–20, he resided at St. Agnes Church in Los Angeles.

Fr. Guthridge ministered at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine from 2020–21 until his retirement to St. Charles Center, Carthagena, Ohio, where he makes his home.

Fr. Guthridge, along with all Missionaries of the Precious Blood 2022 jubilarians, were honored at the 2022 Assembly and again at a Mass at St. Charles Center on July 1, the Feast of the Precious Blood. 

“These Missionaries have devoted their lives to our Congregation’s mission and ministries,” said Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S., provincial director of the United States Province. “We are glad to honor them and to appreciate their service to our Church and our Congregation. May God bless them for their faithfulness.”

Fr. Joseph Nassal, C.PP.S., Celebrates 40th Ordination Anniversary

image of Fr. Joe NassalFr. Joseph Nassal, C.PP.S., is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his ordination this year. 

Fr. Nassal, a native of St. Charles, Mo., was incorporated as a Missionary of the Precious Blood on December 14, 1980, and was ordained on June 5, 1982, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

After his ordination, Fr. Nassal served at St. Mary Church in Centerville, Iowa, as a parochial vicar. He worked in the social action department of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, from 1984–85 and then was appointed parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Church in Sedalia, Mo.

After graduate studies at the Institute of Religious Formation in St. Louis, he became the director of the Precious Blood House of Formation in Kansas City, Mo., from 1988–91. He was also elected to the provincial council during that time. 

From 1991–95, he carried out retreat and renewal ministry, living at the Missionaries’ Precious Blood Center in Liberty, Mo. He was the coordinator of vocation ministries from 1991–92. During that time, he also managed the Missionaries’ publications, The Wine Cellar and the New Wine Press.

In 1995, he became the director of Shantivanam House of Prayer in Easton, Kan. He was also re-elected to the leadership team of his Congregation. He was in residence at the Adorers of the Blood of Christ motherhouse in Ruma, Ill., from 1998–2000, while he continued his retreat and renewal ministry. He was also the Gerber Institute visiting professor at Newman University in Wichita.

From 2002–05, he helped develop the fledgling Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation in Chicago, a ministry center that is still thriving. At the same time, he continued his retreat and renewal ministry.

In 2006, Fr. Nassal was elected vice provincial of the Kansas City Province. From 2011–2019, he served as provincial director.

Since 2019, Fr. Nassal has resided at the Missionaries’ mission house in Berkeley. He continues to travel extensively to preach and encourage the people of God. He is the author of several books, including Passionate Pilgrims: A Sojourn of Precious Blood Spirituality and Rest Stops for the Soul.

In June, he was elected vice provincial of the Missionaries’ new United States Province.

Fr. Nassal, along with all Missionaries of the Precious Blood 2022 jubilarians, were honored at the 2022 Assembly and again at a Mass at St. Charles Center on July 1, the Feast of the Precious Blood. 

“These Missionaries have devoted their lives to our Congregation’s mission and ministries,” said Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S., provincial director of the United States Province. “We are glad to honor them and to appreciate their service to our Church and our Congregation. May God bless them for their faithfulness.”

Fr. Fred Licciardi, C.PP.S., Celebrates 40th Ordination Anniversary

image of Fr Fred LicciardiFr. Fred Licciardi, C.PP.S., is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his ordination this year. 

Fr. Licciardi, a native of Chicago, was incorporated as a Missionary of the Precious Blood on July 1, 1979, and was ordained on May 28, 1982, at St. John the Baptist Church in Whiting, Ind.

Fr. Licciardi served at St. James the Less Church in Columbus as a parochial vicar, and as a chaplain at Timken Hospital in Canton then at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne. From 1985 to 1992, he served as a prison chaplain at facilities in London, Ohio, and Lebanon, Ohio. He returned to parish work and hospital chaplaincy in Zurich, Switzerland, from 1992–95. In 2002, he was in ministry at Holy Family Church in Inverness, Ill. He served at St. Anne Church in Barrington, Ill., from 2003–12; St. Raymond Church in Mount Prospect, Ill., from 2012–15; and St. Hubert Church in Hoffman, Ill., from 2015–17.

Now retired in Arizona, Fr. Licciardi continues his life of service. “It was always my intention to be a ‘priest of hospitality,’ welcoming everyone to the Eucharistic table,” he said. “This is what our spiritual foundation is rooted in. That has been my greatest grace and joy over 40 years of ministry.”

Fr. Licciardi, along with all Missionaries of the Precious Blood 2022 jubilarians, were honored at the 2022 Assembly and again at a Mass at St. Charles Center on July 1, the Feast of the Precious Blood. 

“These Missionaries have devoted their lives to our Congregation’s mission and ministries,” said Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S., provincial director of the United States Province. “We are glad to honor them and to appreciate their service to our Church and our Congregation. May God bless them for their faithfulness.”