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 …

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 …

Until the monastery is built, this is the arriving Sisters' new home: Mater Dei

Happy Handmaids Arrive Home!

A Handmaid Handmaids of the Precious Blood, News

Our two Handmaid Sisters from Lake Villa were ALL smiles, very happy Handmaids, when they arrived at their new HOME in East Tennessee on May 10th, 2016. Despite all the work leading up to packing and flying out, the car rides to and from the airports, and a delayed flight to boot, they stepped onto Appalachian soil refreshed and joyful …

Row of Habits

Why Handmaids Wear Wine Red – For the Precious Blood

A Handmaid Charism, Father Gerald Fitzgerald, Handmaids of the Precious Blood, News, Priests

July is a good month to wonder why Handmaids wear wine red habits. Our Founder picked our color scheme deliberately…white veils for the Eucharist as a tribute to our lives of Adoration and wine red habits to honor the Precious Blood shed by Jesus Christ for the salvation of the world. Seeking to imitate him, our very religious name “Of …