The Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament considers you part of our Eucharistic family and is very happy to send this Winter 2016 issue of our newsletter to you!
This issue is again packed with reading that will nourish your Eucharistic spirituality and fill you in on the activities of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. Since in February we celebrated both the Birth and Baptism of our Holy Founder, Saint Peter Julian Eymard, our opening article is an excerpt from a brilliant reflection by one of the priests of our Italian Province, Father Manuel Barbiero SSS. He is quite imaginative in his conversation with Saint Peter Julian Eymard. I’m sure that you will enjoy this.
In addition to this longer article, we include tributes to Mr. Paul L. Krainz and Mr. Raymond Byrne, two men who have been closely allied with the Congregation and its members. Father Dennis Ruane SSS shares with us some reflections on his days as a missionary in Africa among the Masai people. We encourage you to read about our Associates and their activities as well as the Life in the Eucharist Program. On page 16, in Vocation Views, we introduce you to our college seminarian, Riley Arnemann from Winter Springs, Florida. Please pray that many more young men will answer God’s call to join us in the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament!
Father Ernest Falardeau SSS in his regular contribution focuses on Christian Churches Together and their exploration of Dr. Martin Luther King and the issues of poverty and racism in our country. Saint Ann’s Shrine shares with us the history of Saint Ann’s oil as well as an upcoming opportunity to travel with us to the Shrine of Saint Anne de Beaupré in Canada. We hope that you find the time to read this issue and learn more about the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and its ministry and mission – in this way, you can walk with us in the footsteps of our Founder, Saint Peter Julian Eymard.