About us

The Missionaries of the Precious Blood are a Society of Apostolic Life, formed by priests and brothers. The Spirituality of the Precious Blood, the Life in Community and the Mission are the three pillars that sustain our work.

We are at the service of the church, listening to the “Cry of the Blood” of the poorest and
those who live in the peripheries, and through the apostolic and missionary activity of the
“Ministry of the Word”, which includes the promotion of human dignity, justice, peace and the integrity of creation.

With the laity and friends in the “Precious Blood”, centered on The Crucified, we put our whole life at the service of The Gospel.

Founder

Gaspar del Búfalo was born in Rome, on January 6, 1786. When he was one year old he
suffered an eye disease, that was cured because his mother interceded on San Francisco
Javier. Still young, he felt called to serve the Church: he announces the Gospel to the merchants who came to Rome, founds the Brotherhood of the Precious Blood and takes care of the sick. Little by little he develops his Ministry of the Word. He was ordained as a priest on July 31, 1808.

Difficult times arise for the Church in Rome, which is occupied by Napoleon. Forced to take an oath of allegiance to Napoleon, for three times he answers: “I can not, I do not want, I should not”. This cost him the exile. When he returns, he perceives the need to announce Jesus Christ to the people. He gathered a group of priests with the idea of forming a Religious Congregation. While working on it, he went through the villages carrying a crucifix of Jesus shedding blood, which he placed in the center of the squares, so that all could see the price of our salvation.

Sent by the Pope to the region of Lazio, where the organized groups of thieves were increasing, Gaspar was not afraid to reach the chief of the thieves, and then make a conversion path with him.

The Congregation is recognized by the Holy See on August 15, 1815, and founds its first house in Giano.

Gaspar dies at fifty-one. The Church recognizes its sanctity in 1954.

Our pillars

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Mission

The Congregation continues the work of St. Gaspar del Búfalo through the Ministry of the Word, preaching renewal and conversion through popular missions in difficult places and retreats. They seek to transmit the Love of God in parishes, schools, hospitals and penitentiaries, helping young people and families. As missionaries, they work where the Church most needs them

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Life in Community

Following St. Gaspar, the Missionaries live together where the needs of the apostolate require, united by the Bond of Charity, using the gifts received at the service of the Church for one another. Their Mission Houses serve as centers of prayer and reflection, study and rest, in order to go back to work in popular missions and retreats

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Spirituality

In recent years, the Congregation has embarked on a process of rediscovery of the Spirituality of the Precious Blood through a renewed study of its biblical roots, and a conception of Spirituality as a way of life and focus of its apostolate

Mission Houses

We are in 17 countries, in Europe, America, Asia and Africa.

The first Missionaries of the Precious Blood arrived in Spain in 1898, in Portugal in 1930 and in Guinea – Bissau in 1999.

Communities in Spain

  • Cáceres: House of Spirituality, welcomes people for retreats or listening
  • Madrid (Orcasitas): Training House; Parish of the Precious Blood; Listening Center

Communities in Portugal

  • Proença-a-Nova: House of Spirituality; Youth and Vocational Center; Parishes
  • Vila Viçosa: Host house for groups; Parishes

Communities in Guinea – Bissau

  • Bissaquel: Training House; Project Center
  • Safim: Parish; School

General House in Rome

What we do

  • Popular Missions
  • Retreats
  • Ministry of Listening
  • Reconciliation
  • Parish Ministry
  • In Guinea – Bissau, evangelization goes through special attention from the parish to education, health, the Christian family and various social projects.

There's still a lot to do

Through the construction of schools, scholarships to finance studies, hospitals to care for the sick and places of residence for the Missionaries.