Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament

 

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SBS Leadership Team: Sr. Jean L. Olmstead, Councilor; Sr. Jane Nesmith, Vice-President; Sr. Donna Breslin, President; Sr. Sandra Schmidt, Councilor; Installed Aug. 29, 2015

In February 1891, St. Katharine Drexel, listening to desires God placed in her heart, professed vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and became the first Sister of the Blessed Sacrament. Today, we continue to vow ourselves to God through our congregation in a free and total gift of self.  We remain faithful to the mission Christ has entrusted to us – to prayer and service among the Black and Native American people.

The Eucharist is at the heart of our Charism and Mission. Through the gifts of community and service, we are called to address the hungers of the world and to share the bread of our lives in a spirit of generosity, joy and gratitude. Our desire to effect unity and community among all peoples impels us to oppose all forms of prejudice, racism and oppression.

Since the beginning of our Congregation until today, we trust in God’s faithfulness and goodness which continues to empower and energize us each day. Our spirituality is enriched and strengthened by partnering with diverse cultures of people who share their lives and love with us ~ a mutual blessing.

God Bless,
Sr. Donna Breslin

 

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Charism Statement:

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The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament hosted the Tanya Dorsey Talent Showcase — a scholarship program giving under-served young musicians a chance to develop their talent and move into a bright future.

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A strings trio were among those young artists showcasing their skills. The scholarships enabled them to get the instruction and the time they needed. The TDS Board raises the money for scholarships.

As Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament,
we believe God calls us to be a sign in the world
of the power of the Eucharistic Christ
to effect unity and community among all peoples.

 

Mission Statement:

Guided by the spirit of Katharine Drexel,
we are called to share the Gospel message with the poor, especially among the Black and Native American peoples, and to challenge all  forms of racism as well as the other deeply rooted injustices in the world today.

 

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Community members gathered at St. Elizabeth Chapel at the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel during Building a Better Bensalem Together’s Annual Unity Week celebration uniting people of multiple faiths.

Mother Katharine, our foundress, saw the Eucharist as the heart of community and of our apostolate… It is the key to our vocation and the work of our Congregation… Like Mother M. Katharine we realize our ultimate goal is that all peoples be brought into the community of the people of God.

 

The Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament is in Bensalem, Pa.

For more info about the Church’s outreach to the African and Native  American Catholic ministries visit the links below:

Black and Indian Mission Office Est. 1884
www.blackandindianmission.org

National Black Catholic Congress
www.nbccongress.org

Tekakwitha Conference
www.tekconf.org

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