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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, HPB Vocations, 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 …

Nuns on Social Media?

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Cloistered Nuns on Social Media?! Well…yes and no. It’s a valid question and deserves a fuller answer. The intriguing problem of how to meet the challenge of the New Evangelization, the rapid changes in communications technology, and the need to preserve the monastic cloister has been one we have been praying about for a period of years. We cautiously began …

Visitation Policy

How Do Visitations Work at Cor Jesu Monastery? General Rule of Thumb on Visitations The Holy See specifies the general norms for papal enclosure that apply to communities of strictly contemplative nuns. It should be stressed that the desire to be vigilant over the integrity of the enclosure stems not from trying to restrict the nuns in a prison like …

Contemplative and Cloistered

Why Do The Handmaids Have To Be Contemplative and Cloistered? “Why not help priests directly?” “Wouldn’t it be better if you had a ministry of helping them concretely?” “Can’t you assist priest more than by just praying?” “How does living in papal enclosure make this kind of prayer for priests more efficacious?”  These are natural questions people have about our …

Praying for Christ in His Priest

“The Priesthood is God’s greatest gift to man, its faithful fulfillment is man’s greatest gift to God.” – Father Gerald Fitzgerald, sP, Founder This was the conviction of our founder, Father Gerald Fitzgerald, s.P.   He would write:  “I believe I am justified in saying that the priesthood is God’s greatest to man because it gives us Christ in the world …

Scenes of Work and Recreation

Work and Recreation Handmaid style “So the joy I am preaching to you…is the ideal of living so much in love with Jesus Christ that when He crucifies you, you will be happy! To do this, you have to make good that definition of joy: Jesus Only You… ….When you have real spiritual joy, God is supreme in your life …