IMG_Blood Fr. Francis de Sales Brunner, C.PP.S., brought the first Missionary of the Precious Blood to minister in the United States in 1844.

Fr. Brunner, who was very firm in his faith, was greatly vexed by the cursing of the sailors on the sea crossing to America. We can’t say that he converted every one of them, but many on the boat, the VestaI, were impressed with the Missionaries’ commitment to their faith and their prayer life. May those who see us today know that we are Christians by our words and our actions!

Missionaries of the Precious Blood (C.PP.S.), whose members minister in this parish, celebrate the 200th anniversary of their founding in 2015.