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Jubilarians 2019: Missionaries of the Precious Blood

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60 Years

Father William Beuth, C.PP.S.

Fr. Beuth, a native of Springdale, Pa., entered the Society in 1946 and was ordained on May 31, 1959. Fr. Beuth has served as a missionary to Peru and Guatemala for most of his life as a priest.

After his ordination, Fr. Beuth served as an associate pastor at St. Joseph Church in Wapakoneta, Ohio; St. James the Less Church in Columbus; and St. Joseph Church, Dayton. In 1962 he traveled to the C.PP.S. mission in Peru, where he served for over 25 years. In 1981 he became the director of that mission.

Fr. Beuth returned to the U.S. in 1986, and served as associate pastor of St. Anthony Church in Manteca, Calif. In 1992, he became part of the C.PP.S. mission in Guatemala, serving as the director of that mission from 2000-2002. Fr. Beuth still ministers in Guatemala, in the La Labor region.

The Missionaries of the Precious Blood celebrated Fr. Beuth’s anniversary in addition to the milestone anniversaries of other Missionaries in a Mass marking the feast of the Precious Blood on July 1 at the St. Charles Center.

“We’re inspired by the lives of service of these men. They said yes to God through their vocation to religious life many years ago, and continue to say yes to this day,” said Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S., provincial director of the Cincinnati Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. “May God bless them with many more years in which to live out that call.”

 

Father Harold Brown, C.PP.S.

Fr. Brown, a native of Wapakoneta, Ohio, entered the Society in 1946 and was ordained on May 31, 1959. Fr. Brown has been a pastor, preacher and teacher during his life as a priest. He has also been very active with Marriage Encounter.

After his ordination, Fr. Brown ministered at Holy Rosary and Precious Blood parishes in Dayton; St. Edward Church in Cleveland; and Holy Ghost Church in Vinita, Okla. In 1963 he was appointed to Brunnerdale, the Congregation’s high school seminary in Canton, Ohio. There he served as assistant magister spiritus, prefect of discipline, vice rector then, from 1972 to 1978, its principal. Throughout that time, he was also the school’s Latin teacher.

In 1978, Fr. Brown became the associate pastor of St. Anthony Church in Falls Church, Va. He began his ministry with Marriage Encounter in 1979, and in 1984 was named the director of family life ministry with the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Fla. working in the Chancery under the bishop. In his many years with Marriage Encounter, he has been part of the team for 193 weekends. In a 17-year span, he preached at Marriage Encounter weekends in almost all of the 50 states.

In 1996, he was named pastor of St. John the Baptist Church in Glandorf, Ohio. In August of 2009, he was appointed to ministry at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue, Ohio where he is still active at 87 years of age.

The Missionaries of the Precious Blood celebrated Fr. Brown’s anniversary in addition to the milestone anniversaries other Missionaries in a Mass marking the feast of the Precious Blood on July 1 at the St. Charles Center.

“We’re inspired by the lives of service of these men. They said yes to God through their vocation to religious life many years ago, and continue to say yes to this day,” said Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S., provincial director of the Cincinnati Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. “May God bless them with many more years in which to live out that call.”

Brother Theophane Woodall, C.PP.S.

Br. Theophane, a native of Miamisburg, Ohio, entered the Society in 1953 and was professed on August 15, 1959.

After his profession, Br. Theophane ministered for nine years at Brunnerdale, the Congregation’s high school seminary near Canton, Ohio. He then served for a year at St. Mary’s Novitiate in Burkettsville, Ohio, before his assignment in 1969 to St. Charles Seminary, now St. Charles Center, in Carthagena, Ohio, where he still makes his home.

Br. Theophane was the coordinator of liturgy and sacristan at St. Charles for many years. He continues to serve as organist and local director. He also directs the Precious Blood Resource Center there. For 22 years, he taught high school religious education classes in several Mercer County parishes.

The Missionaries of the Precious Blood celebrated Br. Theophane’s anniversary along with the milestone anniversaries of other priests and brothers in a Mass marking the feast of the Precious Blood on July 1 at the St. Charles Center.

“We’re inspired by the lives of service of these men. They said yes to God through their vocation to religious life many years ago, and continue to say yes to this day,” said Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S., provincial director of the Cincinnati Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. “May God bless them with many more years in which to live out that call.”

50 Years

Brother James Ballmann, C.PP.S.

Br. James, a native of Dayton, entered the Society in 1962 and was professed on August 15, 1969.

After his profession, Br. James ministered at St. Charles Seminary, Carthagena, Ohio, and at Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, Ind. From 1978 to 1984 he made his home at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue, Ohio, where he performed maintenance and many other tasks.

In 1984, Br. James moved to Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Ind., where he has taken on many roles, including working in the business office, administering the payroll for the college, facilities director and director of computer services. He is currently database administrator and adjunct instructor for the Computer Information Systems program. He has also served as the local director for the C.PP.S. house and is currently the local treasurer for the C.PP.S. house. He is also active at the YMCA in Whiting, where he teaches lifeguarding and swimming classes.

The Missionaries of the Precious Blood celebrated Br. James’ anniversary along with the milestone anniversaries of other priests and brothers in a Mass marking the feast of the Precious Blood on July 1 at the St. Charles Center.

“We’re inspired by the lives of service of these men. They said yes to God through their vocation to religious life many years ago, and continue to say yes to this day,” said Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S., provincial director of the Cincinnati Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. “May God bless them with many more years in which to live out that call.”

Brother Benjamin Basile, C.PP.S.

A native of Moorestown, N.J., Brother Ben entered the Society in 1966 and made profession on August 15, 1969.

Brother Ben served from 1970 to 1981 on the faculty and as principal at Brunnerdale, the Society’s high school seminary near Canton, Ohio. He then joined of the faculty of Calumet College of St. Joseph in Hammond, Ind. and is currently associate professor of mathematics.

He has also been active in leadership of the Congregation, including serving as a director of brother formation and as the local director for the C.PP.S. community at the college.

In addition to his ministry in education, he has been active in liturgical music in several parishes, including St. John the Baptist in Whiting, Ind. and as parish music director for the Cathedral of the Holy Angels in Gary, Ind. Brother Ben served several terms on the board of trustees at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind.

He has been active for many years in the Organ Historical Society in the Chicago area and “rescued” a Kimball pipe organ dating from 1898, which is now installed at Calumet College.

The Missionaries of the Precious Blood celebrated Br. Ben’s anniversary along with the milestone anniversaries of eight other priests and brothers in a Mass marking the feast of the Precious Blood on July 1 at the St. Charles Center, Carthagena, Ohio. A celebration is also planned at Calumet College of St. Joseph on August 24.

“We’re inspired by the lives of service of these men who said yes to God through their vocation to religious life many years ago, and continue to say yes to this day,” said Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, provincial director of the Cincinnati Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. “May God bless them with many more years in which to live out that call.”

25 years

Father Aurelio Chipana Curi, C.PP.S.

A native of Jauli, Junin, Peru, Fr. Chipana entered the society in 1988 and was ordained on December 17, 1994.

His first assignment was at Nuestra Señora de le Luz (Our Lady of the Light) Parish in Lima, Peru. He was later associate pastor then pastor at the C.PP.S. parish in La Oroya, Peru. He has also ministered at San Borja Parish in Lima, and in the Missionaries house of formation for candidates to the religious life in Lima.

Currently, Fr. Chipana is once again in ministry at Nuestra Señora de le Luz Parish in Lima.

The Missionaries of the Precious Blood celebrated Fr. Chipana Curi’s anniversary along with the milestone anniversaries of other priests and brothers in a Mass marking the feast of the Precious Blood on July 1 at the St. Charles Center.

“We’re inspired by the lives of service of these men. They said yes to God through their vocation to religious life many years ago, and continue to say yes to this day,” said Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S., provincial director of the Cincinnati Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. “May God bless them with many more years in which to live out that call.”

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