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?
“Come into this circle, sit with us, be with us. We know your pain, and we can share ours, and the burden can be a bit lighter.
We can share healing, too, and laughter, and breakfast, and we can laugh raucously in the middle of the hallway together.”
-Raechel Kiesel, 2021
“The liberty of our communities at large is bound to the liberty of each community. Wherever I go, no matter what I do,
I now know my liberty is bound to my neighbors and we can work together. Marginalized, far-off, and/or rejected, you carry within you the same Precious Blood we all share.”
-Vincent Tedford, 2021
“God is present deeply with those who suffer. These are truths we recognize profoundly in the spirituality of the Precious Blood.”
-Aaron Wise, 2021
“At the start of my volunteer commitment, I had expected to develop close interpersonal relationships with my community mates,
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 am especially grateful for the experiences and skills I gained from the Precious Blood Volunteer program and that I am able
to share them with my community now. It has helped me bridge the past and present versions of myself. I am glad I have a community to journey with.”
-Caitlin Caminade, 2019
Precious Blood Volunteer News
Reconciling with the Earth is a small act of reconciliation. It should be a part of broader efforts by all of us as individuals, as a Precious Blood community committed to renewal and reconciliation, to care for our common home and a reframing of how we view and treat it.
“It amazes me that what started as a six-month commitment as a volunteer on the Navajo reservation has become a formative, transformative experience and way of looking at the world.”
As we celebrate the resilient joy that makes our community so beautiful, I hope that we dance in the hope of a bright future because of those who promote healing now to pass along to future generations.
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, the former Kansas City Province and the new United States Province has 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.
Precious Blood Volunteers is committed to the belief that all people are children of God and should be treated with dignity and respect. We welcome volunteers regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or military service. The placements where our volunteers work should be open to serving people regardless of their race, religion, nationality, immigration status, color, marital status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, or military status.
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.