ARCHIVE TREASURES: ARCHBISHOP BYRNE’S BIBLE

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In 1947, when our Founder Father Gerald began two religious communities, he considered the bishop who invited his apostolate of prayer for priests into his diocese to be a co-founder. In the very early pioneering days Archbishop Edwin Byrne of Santa Fe met with and celebrated Mass for the early Handmaids with fatherly regularity. We are happy to have in …

ARCHIVE TREASURES: SISTER ELIZABETH’S CRUTCHES AND LEG BRACES

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Of the first women who came to join the Handmaids of the Precious Blood in May 1947 only one, Sister Elizabeth of the Trinity, persevered. Yet she was paralyzed below the waist from polio. Perhaps, like the late Cardinal George who contracted polio at 13 and was thus rejected by a Chicago preparatory seminary, Sister Elizabeth also experienced rejection and …

What Makes A Hero? A Fast Founder Fact

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As we look at the world today, we see many people longing again for heroes and leaders. The best heroes are the saints and godly men and women willing to give their lives for others. Our Founder would never have considered himself a hero. However, here is a little known story about Father Gerald: In 1954 some campers in the Jemez …

Collage of some of our photo memories of Saint John Paul the Great

Saint John Paul II

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Our Tribute To Pope Saint John Paul II (originally published to celebrate his beatification in May 2011) Priest…Pope…Son of Mary…. these words describe Saint John Paul II. But how does one describe his impact on one’s soul? When one meets the Vicar of Christ and sees Peter from Galilee as well as Karol from Krakow, what has really happened? Perhaps it …

Collage of some of our photo memories of Saint John Paul the Great

Saint John Paul II

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Our Tribute To Pope Saint John Paul II (originally published to celebrate his beatification in May 2011) Priest…Pope…Son of Mary…. these words describe Saint John Paul II. But how does one describe his impact on one’s soul? When one meets the Vicar of Christ and sees Peter from Galilee as well as Karol from Krakow, what has really happened? Perhaps it …

Archive Treasures – Father Gerald’s Rosary

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“Dear daughters, if you understand your vocation you are going to be fishers of very big fish – the souls of the Priests of Jesus Christ.  Go fishing for them with the Blessed Mother’s Rosary. It is here in the Chapel that you can do more for them than anywhere else…. But remember, this is a real fishing line…there has …

Of Flowers and Fire

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We have shared in another recent post our gratitude for the many gifts of floral arrangements we received at the start of our Diamond Jubilee Year. You can read about that and see more photos here. Now we want to share why that is so special to us and how it helps us intensify our prayers regarding the drought and …

Effusive, Overflowing Providence: God’s Message in Flowers

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In a short course of days surrounding the kick off of our Diamond Jubilee we were hit over the head, though gently, by God fairly well laughing, delightedly shouting, “See?! See?! Didn’t I tell you I would provide? And more than you dream. TRUST IN ME.” He showed us this in flowers. Two generous donors lavished us with wine red and white …

Trinity Sunday and our Emblem

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We share a photo of an object in the archives of a wooden carving of our emblem that we receive when we take first vows and always speaks to us of the Trinity. By design, our Founder, Father Gerald, chose the triangular shape to honor the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The first emblems were made by the …

Archive Treasures – Handmaid Card

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As we explore some of our archive treasures during the year of our Diamond Jubilee, we share this little feast day card. One of many pasted into a special album displaying some detailed and intricate art skills from our sisters in the past. This is just one sample of the time, talent, and love that went into honoring Our Lady …