Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation
5114 S Elizabeth St, Chicago, IL
“Our spirituality is to build community through the inclusion of the marginalized, to walk in solidarity with those who suffer, and to seek reconciliation in a divided world.”
Fr. David Kelly, CPPS, executive director of the Precious Blood Center
The Precious Blood Center serves the Back of the Yards/New City neighborhood, offering hope, healing and support to the youth of its community, and those in the community affected by violence. Read the Precious Blood Center mission and learn more here.
The staff fulfills this mission in many ways, including ministering to incarcerated youth and their families; using Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Circles to resolve conflict and remediate crime; offering programs that serve the neighborhood as an alternative to gangs and drugs; creating a garden to build community and provide fresh produce; and providing a growing number of ministries to support the community.
As parishioners of SJC, our role is to support the dedicated staff at PBMR Center in the meaningful and hope-giving work they do through:
- Financial support through contributions made at any time or through attendance at their fundraisers.
- Contributing food, paper goods for their mothers’ groups programs and day-to-day needs of meals for the boys who participate in their programs.
- If you would like to learn more about becoming involved with the PBMR Center, please contact Shawn Sweeney, SJC parishioner (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Sr. Donna at PBMR (email@example.com)
Please explore the inspiring ministry of PBMR on their website and in their New Creations columns:
Restorative Justice. PBMR staff is trained in restorative justice (peacemaking) circles, which emphasize a format of structured communication consisting of respectful expression and careful listening in an effort to repair the harm caused by crime. Read more here.
Making Choices. Programs offering support to neighborhood youth as they strive to finish their education and follow their dreams, and ministry to youth in or newly released from the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Read more here.
Neighborhood Community. PBMR participates in and hosts various efforts to reduce violence and improve social services in the neighborhood. Every Wednesday, food donated by Trader Joe’s and Panera is shared with those in the neighborhood who are homeless. A community garden at the Center brings residents together and provides fresh produce. Read more here.
Mothers of Incarcerated. Mothers find a supportive and encouraging environment to share the pain of having a child in jail or prison. These women gather once a month at the Center for brunch and a circle of support. Read more here.
Read stories from the Precious Blood Center in New Creation columns, written by PBMR staff.
Read more about PBMR:
- Stories from the Precious Blood Center in the New Creations columns
- Article about Fr Kelly, director of PBMR, in America Magazine
- Mary Schmich writes about the PBMR Mothers of Incarcerated group in the Chicago Tribune