Father Gerald, still in his Holy Cross habit, with the very first Handmaids in 1947.

A Brief History

A close observer of our contemplative community once gave a brief description of our life to a friend as follows, “These Sisters don’t just pray for priests; they live for them!” What are we doing here in Knoxville? We are here to live and give our lives most particularly for priests and their sanctification. Each priest has been called to live …

Semper Per Mariam Always Through Mary

This is our second motto, as it were, after “Pro Christo In Sacerdote Suo” or “For Christ In His Priest.” Essentially that is because we can never be for Christ in His Priest without first being like Mary, Mother of Priests was, as she showed us during her earthly life. Now, in Heaven, she continues to assist us in the lifelong task …

Sister Christiana with her Mom Sandy and sister Sunny

Solemn Vows as a Handmaid for Sister Christiana

A Handmaid Charism, Handmaids of the Precious Blood, HPB Vocations, News

On the First Friday of July 2017, July 7th, we were blessed by God to have the Solemn Profession of Vows as a Handmaid of the Precious Blood of Sister Christiana of Christ the King. Bishop Richard F. Stika, Bishop of Knoxville, celebrated the Mass and in addition, we were honored to have His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop Emeritis …

The Silence and Emptiness without Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament

They Have Taken Our Lord

A Handmaid Charism, HPB Vocations, News, Priests, Triduum

YES, THEY HAVE TAKEN OUR LORD… Sometimes well meaning Catholics tell us they are envious of our monastic lifestyle. Usually it is because they misunderstand the level of spiritual combat it entails daily. But when we hear of “holy envy” regarding our experience of Holy Week and the Triduum, it might be justified, but not in the way they expect. …

Holy Hour reflecting on Vultum Dei Quaerere

Embracing Vultum Dei Quaerere

A Handmaid Charism, Handmaids of the Precious Blood, News

While we await more concrete norms from the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) regarding the Apostolic Constitution Vultum Dei Quaerere (Seeking the Face of God), which was released in the summer of 2016, we have begun to study the text as a community. As we earlier shared in a post, we were …

Submit A Seminarian

We are often asked if we pray for Seminarians as well as Priests. Of course! Although we do not have a formal Adopt A Seminarian program pairing one person with a Seminarian, all the Sisters hold men aspiring to the priesthood in our daily prayers. We commend all Priests and Seminarians to Our Lady of the Precious Blood and pray …

A view of sunset behind the Pieta.

Prayers for Deceased Priest

We welcome submissions of the name of any deceased priest to include in our prayers. To whom much is given, much will be demanded so all priest souls need our prayers. Simply fill out what information you can below to send us their names. Other ways you can help prayerfully support priests and seminarians:    

Nocturnal Adoration in the Cor Jesu Monastery in Christ the Teacher Oratory

Welcoming New Constitution Vultum Dei Quaerere

A Handmaid Charism, Handmaids of the Precious Blood, News

Handmaids of the Precious Blood Welcome with Joy New Constitution on Cloistered Life “Considering this is a Constitution we have been eagerly awaiting for two years, I was surprised to learn of media reports about it using phrases like ‘Pope shakes up cloisters’ and ‘Pope tightens reins’ because our reaction is completely welcoming. We WANT this.” — Rev. Mother Marietta, …

Priest Chalkboard In Our refectory

Our Priest Chalkboard

A Handmaid Charism, HPB Vocations, News, Priests

HOW DID THE PRIEST CHALKBOARD START? People sometimes wonder how the Handmaids came to start writing specific priests’ names on our chalkboard in our refectory. They want to know if these are special priests, or priests in trouble, or particularly great priests. They want to know why certain names appear and when. Well, we do one Diocese at a time. …

Father Gerald, still in his Holy Cross habit, with the very first Handmaids in 1947.

Foundation Day…Our First Ever

A Handmaid Charism, Handmaids of the Precious Blood, News

Happy Foundation Day! In 1947, on the Feast of Pentecost, May 25th, the Handmaids of the Precious Blood were founded. Ever since, we’ve marked May 25th as the anniversary of our beginnings in New Mexico. But this year is a different kind of milestone. Why? After all, 69 years doesn’t sound as historical as next year’s 70th will be. We …

“Innerview” with Mother Marietta

Scott Maentz Charism, News

Rev. Mother’s “Innerview” with the Institute on Religious Life is published in the November/December Religious Life magazine. Download the PDF or read the article below.

Father Hendershott distributes Holy Communion.

Father Hendershott celebrates Mass in our Chapel

A Handmaid Charism, HPB Vocations, Monastery, News, Priests

By God’s great Providence we are beginning to have more Masses on our property in our recently finished Chapel. Since Bishop Stika blessed the Chapel and Monastery only days after our arrival, we have driven to local parishes for Mass but also have been blessed to have Fathers Patrick Resen, Antonio Geraldo, and John Dowling step up to offer to …