Sacred Silence With The Trinity

A Handmaid News, Prayer Life

Sacred silence. A great settling enfolds the monastery. Cell doors close. Offices are dark. Computers are off. Phones are silent. Compline has rounded out the monastic day and nocturnal adoration begins. It’s extraordinarily intimate as one by one in each house a nun takes a private hour of adoration in the oratory. Close to the altar, kneeling before the monstrance, …

Bearing an Undeserved Burden

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News, Priests

  [Originally published September 2018] When we upgraded our website a few years ago, a photo was purchased for our use of a man with his head bowed and knuckles in his eyes and we added the caption: Our Priests Carry Not Only The Full Weight of Our Burdens But Their Own As Well. Today, in these days of renewed …

Truth, Trust, and Prayer

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News, Priests

[Originally published in August 2018] We don’t post much on what people would call current events or news. 1. We don’t follow it as others in the world do though we know what is necessary to know and 2. It can devolve into divisive viewpoints that deflect attention from the real problem. But we are hearing from people who have …

The Silence and Emptiness without Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament

They Have Taken Our Lord

A Handmaid Charism, HPB Vocations, News, Priests, Triduum

YES, THEY HAVE TAKEN OUR LORD… [Originally shared Holy Week 2017] Sometimes well meaning Catholics tell us they are envious of our monastic lifestyle. Usually it is because they misunderstand the level of spiritual combat it entails daily. But when we hear of “holy envy” regarding our experience of Holy Week and the Triduum, it might be justified, but not …

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 …

When this hung outside our front parlor door at the monastery in New Mexico, guests often asked permission if they could ring it. Here you don't have to. This really is our doorbell and is the only way to let us know someone is at the door.

Typical Horarium (Schedule)

Living a Schedule Centered On Christ In the Eucharist Because our “work” is focused on prayer specifically in Eucharistic Adoration, this is what everything else is scheduled around. The Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours (celebrated in common with Exposition) are our center of gravity for each day followed by individual holy hours of adoration. 5:30 am Rising, Breakfast 6:50 …

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 …

Combat Not Comfort

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News, Priests

If you are called to a vocation to sanctify priests, don’t expect it to be comfortable…because it is combat. So please pray for us as we pray for you!

First groundbreaking on the initial phase of the Mary, Mother of Priests Garden at Cor Jesu Monastery

Groundbreaking for Mary, Mother of Priests Garden Initial Phase

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News, Priests, Priests Garden

While we have gotten used to bull dozers and other heavy equipment around the grounds, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Mary, Mother of Priests Garden was the first time we had color-coordinated shovels on the property. Several wine-red shovels were on hand on our “Sound of Music” hill where we have plans to eventually build the Mary, Mother of Priests …

Father prepares to incense the Blessed Sacrament at the Heart of Mary Priory in Lake Villa, IL.

Priests Loving Jesus!

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, Priests

Its fun when we notice priests loving Jesus! This is especially delightful when they are unaware others have witnessed those precious moments. Identities of priests, if known, are withheld. [And we add the caveat that, just because a priest may not be seen doing these kinds of things, doesn’t mean he is a lesser priest or not in love deeply …