Requirements

General Requirements and other Information AGE RANGE/LIMIT: 19 – 40. BELATED VOCATIONS?  We do accept belated vocations [ages 41-50] though they are by exception. Transfers from other religious communities are possible. STANDING: No canonical impediments. Confirmed Catholic women in good standing with the Church. Solid catechetical background and a willingness to learn more. RECOMMENDATIONS: 3 references from a family member, friend, and spiritual director. …

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 …

FAQS

This is a sampling of some of the most common types of questions we frequently receive from women inquiring about a vocation as a Handmaid of the Precious Blood. For those who are not called to our community for a variety of reasons, we seek to provide resources to assist them in finding their vocation. Various helpful vocations sites can …

Semper Per Mariam Always Through Mary

This is our second motto, as it were, after “Pro Christo In Sacerdote Suo” or “For Christ In His Priest.” Essentially that is because we can never be for Christ in His Priest without first being like Mary, Mother of Priests was, as she showed us during her earthly life. Now, in Heaven, she continues to assist us in the lifelong task …

Handmaid Vocations

For Christ in His Priest

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

Final 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 Profession of Final 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 …

Silver Jubilee for Sister Guadalupe

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News

On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8th, 2016, Sister Guadalupe D’Emmanuel of the Holy Trinity, celebrated her Silver Jubilee of Vows as a Handmaid of the Precious Blood. The day was marked by much joy and festivity, a beautiful Mass during which Sister formally renewed her vows of Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience in the hands of Rev. Mother Marietta, …

Priest Chalkboard In Our refectory

Our Priest Chalkboard

A Handmaid Charism, HPB Vocations, News, Priests

HOW DID THE PRIEST CHALKBOARD START? People sometimes wonder how the Handmaids came to start writing specific priests’ names on our chalkboard in our refectory. They want to know if these are special priests, or priests in trouble, or particularly great priests. They want to know why certain names appear and when. Well, we do one Diocese at a time. …

Elevation of the Host at Mass

Dear Fathers, Did You Know?

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, Priests

“Dear Fathers, did you know?…” [We are happy to republish this post from the later portion of the Jubilee Year for Priests when our Oblates of the Precious Blood shared details of what they were offering for priests. May this continue to provide encouragement and inspiration for all our beloved priests.] We address this page to our dear priests who …

Priests’ Names on our Refectory Chalkboard

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News, Priests

We recently started a tradition where we write the names of four priests each week on the chalkboard hung on the wall of our refectory. While we pray for all priests daily, these four are remembered in a special way in that we see their names frequently throughout the week. Each time we see their names we say a prayer …