Mary, our Mother and our Model, stood beneath the Cross. This sign hung on the front of Cor Jesu Monastery in New Mexico for many years.

Ecce Mater Dei

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Ecce Mater Dei…Behold, the Mother of God. Some people have asked us why we named the ridge top house “Mater Dei.” We wanted to honor Our Lady, the Mother of God. When we seek to imitate her life in our own vocations of giving our lives for the sanctification of priests, we know this will mean imitating her when she …

Wood Houses and Wet Weather

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If people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, perhaps we can also say people who live in wood houses should attend to preventative maintenance. We are making sure we keep up on it. We had a great deal of renovations, repairs, and improvements to make on both the wood houses we moved into in July of 2015, but …

Council of Catholic Women Convention

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The Diocese of Knoxville’s Council of Catholic Women Convention met at Holy Trinity Parish from April 14th – 16th in Jefferson City and we were happy to participate by sending one Handmaid as a representative of our Community. With special permission, Sister was able to attend and display a table about our mission in the Church and our project to …

Home At Last, Home At Last, Thank God Almighty, they’re Home At Last!

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Handmaids Come Home to Blessed Sacrament Cemetery On March 29th, 2016, the Handmaids of the Precious Blood celebrated an important milestone in their settlement in New Market, TN. After moving our entire Resurrection Cemetery from Cor Jesu Monastery in Jemez Springs, NM to the Christ, Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton, TN in 2013; we did not anticipate moving …

Hammers and Nails

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The Handmaids are hearing a lot of hammers and nails lately and sometimes are swinging a few hammers of our own. A great deal has been accomplished since our last update post of August 11th, and we would like to share some photos of the work in action to encourage you to accompany us in prayer as we labor to …

Still smiling after all the hard work!

Knights Move The Library!

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Knights of Columbus To The Rescue! On September 19th, 2015 a significant step was completed in the move of our old library to the new Cor Jesu Monastery when nearly 6,000 books were carried from our storage area into the still-to-be-assembled library areas of the building. Knights and Knights-to-be came from Sacred Heart Cathedral for the all day moving marathon. …

Mother Marietta and Mother Jonpaul pause during the labor intensive catalog checking and correcting work.

Saint Jerome, Patron Saint of Librarians, Pray for Us!

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Help Wanted: Your Prayers Things are moving quickly at the new Cor Jesu Monastery as we prepare the second building for residency. While we continue to pray for the safety and guidance of all the workers and volunteers laboring to make the space not only inhabitable, but monastic and prayerful, we now ask for your spiritual assistance. We Handmaids have …

Father Hendershott distributes Holy Communion.

Father Hendershott celebrates Mass in our Chapel

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By God’s great Providence we are beginning to have more Masses on our property in our recently finished Chapel. Since Bishop Stika blessed the Chapel and Monastery only days after our arrival, we have driven to local parishes for Mass but also have been blessed to have Fathers Patrick Resen, Antonio Geraldo, and John Dowling step up to offer to …

Day one in New Market in Mater Dei Oratory: Ending a long day full of hard work of packing, wrapping, moving and unpacking on the best note possible...with Our Lord in thanksgiving. Home with Jesus!

We’ve Moved!

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On the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, July 16th, 2015, the Handmaids of the Precious Blood moved to our recently acquired property in New Market, Tennessee. With no small debt of gratitude to the many generous souls who helped us achieve this milestone in our community’s history, we look forward to the days ahead as we settle in …