Precious Blood Renewal Center, a ministry of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. A Place to renew, refresh and reconnect. For groups, individuals, nonprofits and businesses. Our ongoing programming is guided by these principles: Rereshing the Spirit, Into the light, Circles of Understanding and Growing in Awareness.
2120 Saint Gaspar Way, Liberty, Missouri 64068
HISTORY OF THE SOCIETY OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD
Saint Gaspar del Bufalo, a priest of the Archdiocese of Rome, founded the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, a Society of Apostolic Life, on August 15, 1815 in Giano (about 100 miles north of Rome, Italy). The spirituality of the Blood of Christ inspires, guides and empowers these missionary priests, brothers and lay associates to live with mutual charity and exercise ministries proclaiming the reconciliation and renewal message of the Word of God. The Congregation was entrusted to the patronage of St. Francis Xavier, one of the greatest and the most untiring missionaries in the Church.
In 1844 responding to the invitation of Archbishop John Baptist Purcell of Cincinnati, Fr. Francis de Sales Brunner and his fellow members came to central Ohio to minister to the German immigrants. From here the Precious Blood missionaries began to assist bishops and priests founding and establishing communities of faith in rural areas, ministering and preaching throughout the United States wherever they heard the call to serve.
By 1870 they were already present in Northwest Missouri, such as Hurlingen, and established St. Francis Xavier Parish here in St. Joseph in 1890.