Archive Treasures: Father Gerald’s Confession Stole

A Handmaid Diamond Jubilee, Father Gerald Fitzgerald

It seemed fitting that as we readied the Advent wreath’s violent and rose candles, we unpacked a violet treasure tucked away in an archive box: Father Gerald’s confessional stole. Carefully folded up in tissue paper with a simple handwritten note labeling it from the year of his death, “Father Gerald, s.P. Confession stole 1969”.  One wonders how many absolutions, how …

Veterans Day

A Handmaid Diamond Jubilee, Father Gerald Fitzgerald, News

Happy Veterans Day! Father Gerald Fitzgerald was a priest, a religious, and a founder but he was also a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army in World War II as a Chaplain. He attained the rank of Captain, and was stationed both in the U.S. as well as the Pacific theater.  As a priest out to save souls, he …

Prayers for Ukraine

A Handmaid Father Gerald Fitzgerald, News

What can a cloistered nun do about a situation beyond her control? Everything. Take it to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  Many years ago, when the Handmaids of the Precious Blood were operating their own off-set press in the mountain canyon they called home, their St. Maximillian’s Printery churned out several small prayer booklets and devotionals for the sisters’ use. …

A True Prophet for the Priesthood: Father Gerald Fitzgerald, s.P.

A True Prophet for the Priesthood The Life and Legacy of Very Rev. Gerald M.C. Fitzgerald, s.P. (Text presented with the kind permission of the Institute on Religious Life. This article was first published in their magazine Religious Life, March/April 2010 Issue. For more information you can visit https://irl.solutiosoftware.com/) We’ve added several photos of our Founder to the article we …

Father Gerald Fitzgerald Photos

Father Gerald Fitzgerald, s.P. We are happy to share some of our photos of our Founder, the Very Rev. Father Gerald M.C. Fitzgerald, s.P. His priesthood encompassed both the diocesan and religious life as well as that of a military chaplain in wartime and a founder of two religious communities dedicated to helping priests. You can read more about his …