Real Handmaids Speak

Handmaids of the Precious Blood answer real questions about our life… What drew you to the Handmaids? “The Servant of God Father John A. Hardon, S.J.” “Their charism of giving their lives to Christ to sanctify priests and doing it through Adoration hand in hand with the Mother of God.” What are you most grateful for regarding your Founder, Father …

Steps – How Does One Become A Nun?

Becoming A Cloistered Nun… Rome wasn’t built in a day and nuns are not made overnight. The process takes 9 to 12 years before a lifelong commitment is made to be Christ’s bride in vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience as a Handmaid “For Christ in His Priest”. Inquirer This consists of initial contact and the beginning of asking questions …

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 …

Holy Vows and Holy Bookends

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

As Handmaids, we find it is sometimes difficult to explain our way of life to outsiders, Catholic and non-Catholic, family, friends, or strangers. Summarizing, as we did in the cartoon we posted on July 9th, that the word, “Fiat!” is best, may not be clear enough for those who are not nuns. It may seem too simple or facile. So …

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 …

Sister Rose Anne of Jesus at Villa Cor Jesu in Jemez Springs, NM July 22, 1966

Jesus Picks His Rose

A Handmaid Handmaids of the Precious Blood, News

Our dear little warrior, Sister Rose Anne of Jesus, had a surprise for us on July 1st, 2017, First Saturday and the traditional Feast of the Precious Blood. Though we knew Our Lord was drawing her closer to his eternal abode, we did not anticipate how swiftly the Master would enter the garden of souls and select his Handmaid on …

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 …

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, …

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 …

We're finally home!

Historic Homecoming!

A Handmaid Handmaids of the Precious Blood, News

On May 17th, 2016, the final trio of Handmaids traveled to the new Motherhouse marking an historic homecoming in the life of our community. From this point forward, every celebration in the next year will be a milestone for the simple reason that all of us, for the first time, will be gathered on one property. We’ll share more about …