Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament

Province of Saint Ann

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Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament

Province of Saint Ann

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Setting up the Novitiate in Houston, Texas

It has been several years since our province has had the gift of novices discerning a vocation as a religious of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (SSS). … We had a combined English-speaking novitiate with the provinces of Australia, Great Britain, and Ireland, ending in 2011. God has blessed us with interest in our […]

LITE: Hawaii and Northeast Ohio; Welcome, Father Rosario Pushparaj SSS!

Reflections by the Life in the Eucharist Team Hawaii Our Associates of the Blessed Sacrament in Ohio and a co-director of the Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (CEE) share their recent travels and retreat from February 28–March 5, 2024. First Thoughts by Tom Anderson On his way to the General Chapter meetings in Vietnam, Provincial Superior […]

Brother Gary LaVerdière SSS Celebrates 60 Years / Celebrating Lunar New Year

Brother Gary LaVerdière SSS Celebrates 60 Years of Religious Profession On Sunday, February 11, 2024, the Provincialate, Northeastern Ohio SSS communities and Saint Paschal Baylon parish, Highland Heights, honored and celebrated the sixty years Brother Gary LaVerdière SSS has been a religious brother of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. … We are grateful for […]

Father Thomas Smithson SSS Appreciated; SSS Indian Father Gnanasekar Becomes Pastor

On Saturday, January 27, 2024, the Corpus Christi parish community (Houston, Texas) celebrated Father Thomas Smithson SSS and thanked him for his 10 ½ of devoted service to our parish. (Father Tom is the longest serving SSS pastor and second longest pastor of our parish, second only to the founding pastor, Msgr. Cornelius Flynn, who […]

A Christmas Time Pastoral Visit and Welcome to Matthew Vlastelica

With the opportunity to come and pick up our new postulant Matthew Vlastelica and help move him to Highland Heights and northeast Ohio to begin the next stage of formation, his postulancy, it was also an opportunity to drive and visit our three Associate groups with the newly appointed spiritual advisor, Father Ravi Earnest Sebastin […]

Recent Pastoral Visits to New York and Hawai’i

During October, I had opportunities to have one short pastoral visit in New York City and one longer one in the state of Hawai’i on two of the islands. October 9 – 11, I visited briefly with the leadership of the Congregation of Notre Dame, the sisters who have worked side-by-side with the Blessed Sacrament […]

Heart of the Christian Life Pope Benedict XVI

Heart of the Christian Life: Thoughts on the Holy Mass. By Pope Benedict XVI. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2022.  P.117. Pope Benedict XVI (Georg Ratzinger, Maria Ratzinger, was a Cardinal and President of the Pontifical Commission of Doctrine of Faith under Pope John Paul II until he became the Pope of the Catholic Church. The […]

Rest in Peace – Brother James Eugene Blee SSS

Born in Londonderry, Derry, Ireland, on August 18, 1928, Brother “Eugene” Blee SSS died in the early morning of October 2, 2023, at Regina Health Center, Richfield, Ohio, where he had been a resident for several years, after a difficult medical procedure and inability to recover from it.   Click here Br Blee’s Obituary Click […]