Handmaid Habit

Our Habit

Our Habit: Crimson Robes “The Precious Blood of Jesus is your wedding garment, dear Handmaids, treasure it for it speaks to you of love.” – Father Gerald, s.P. Founder   Why is our apparel red? Why do the Handmaids wear red? Precisely, why do we wear wine-red? And white veils? What do the symbols of the habit and veil mean? When our …

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 …

Links

Some links to sites that may be of interest. Please remember to pray while on the world wide web! “The digital highway is one of them, a street teeming with people who are often hurting, men and women looking for salvation or hope. By means of the internet, the Christian message can reach “to the ends of the earth” (Acts …

Handmaids of the Precious Blood: A Vocation for Priests

Vocations Snapshot The Cloistered Contemplative Community of the Handmaids of the Precious Blood was founded on May 25th, 1947 (Pentecost Sunday) 
by Father Gerald M.C. Fitzgerald, s.P. Vocational Inquirers: We are looking for women of deep faith who have the willed desire to give themselves utterly and totally to Christ in lasting commitment for the sake of His Priests. Life: …

A True Prophet for the Priesthood: Father Gerald Fitzgerald, s.P.

A True Prophet for the Priesthood The Life and Legacy of Very Rev. Gerald M.C. Fitzgerald, s.P. (Text presented with the kind permission of the Institute on Religious Life. This article was first published in their magazine Religious Life, March/April 2010 Issue. For more information you can visit https://irl.solutiosoftware.com/) We’ve added several photos of our Founder to the article we …

Lying prostrate before the altar during the Litany of the Saints.

Profession of Vows

Come, Bride of Christ A Closer Look at the Ceremony of Profession of Vows It takes a long time to make a nun…at least nine years, but no more than twelve, for a Handmaid of the Precious Blood. Much longer than your pre-Cana course for couples wanting to wed in the Catholic Church. In that time, the candidate is tested …

A Chalice Returned

A Chalice Returned It was a present from a priest we briefly knew for a time. His was not the usual priestly career. He was a joyfully radiant priest, thrilled to say Mass and be with us. But he himself shared his true story. He had a humility born of deep suffering in his priesthood. He had traveled from the …

Vocations Snapshot

A Snapshot of our Vocation for Priests We are dedicated to the sanctification of priests and live an intense life of prayer centered around the Eucharist. Visit Number in Community: 13 Professed Foundation: May 25th, 1947 (Pentecost Sunday) 
by Father Gerald M.C. Fitzgerald, s.P. Represented in US Diocese: Knoxville, TN with our motherhouse located in New Market, TN. Mission Statement/Description: The Handmaids …