Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation started in 2000 when a few friends – priests of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood together with sisters from various Precious Blood communities associated with the Precious Blood Leadership Conference– sat down and shared their stories of ministry, of the suffering they had witnessed and experienced, and of their work for reconciliation. They shared stories of many years of jail ministry, of community renewal, of inner city parish work, of retreat ministry for reconciliation. Out of those shared experiences was born the dream of the Ministry of Reconciliation – what would it look like to have a ministry whose purpose was to work for healing and reconciliation in the midst of the violence and alienation of our world?
Initially Fr. Joe Nassal (Kansas City Province), Fr. David Kelly, Fr. Denny Kinderman, and Fr. Bill Nordenbrock (Cincinnati Province) decided it was a good time to commit to building that dream. Over the next two years they reflected, planned, and shared their ideas with other Precious Blood communities. The ministry would reach out to a community affected by violence in the city, and reach out in mission to the wider Church, working for healing and reconciliation in both. They chose the Back of the Yards/ New City neighborhood of Chicago as the place to live and work – a community that struggles with issues of poverty, gangs, and racial divisions.
Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation moved into a small office at St. Michael’s parish in December 2002. There PBMR began working with the Making Choices Group and the Hope and Healing Group, in the fall of 2003. In September 2004, PBMR moved a few blocks east into the former school of St. John of God at 51st and Elizabeth Streets. The building housed a collaborative effort including Catholic Charities, Youth Outreach Services, and Second Chance Alternative High School. Due to economic reasons, many of those programs are no longer here. Today 5114 S Elizabeth St is the home of Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation and Second Chance Alternative HS.
This space has become known as the Precious Blood Center, a place of safety and welcome for many people and groups to gather, to pray, and to tell their stories. We value the relationships of many organizations and community members as we strive to create a more restorative and inclusive community. Truly we strive to be a welcoming community.
Today the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation staff is diverse in gender, ethnicity, age, experience, and background. We celebrate that diversity.
Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR) is a ministry of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood (Cincinnati and Kansas City Provinces). The Dayton Sisters of the Precious Blood have become partners and we seek to build a broader and inclusive ministry.
Today there are three members of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood and two Dayton Sisters of the Precious Blood on staff.