Fortnight For Freedom

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July At a difficult moment in the history of this country, a great American, Abraham Lincoln, spoke of a special need at that time: “that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom”. A new birth of freedom is repeatedly necessary: freedom to exercise responsibility and generosity, freedom to meet …

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

They Have Taken Our Lord

A Handmaid Charism, News, Priests, Triduum

YES, THEY HAVE TAKEN OUR LORD… 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 in the way they expect. …

Holy Hour reflecting on Vultum Dei Quaerere

Embracing Vultum Dei Quaerere

A Handmaid Charism, Handmaids of the Precious Blood, News

While we await more concrete norms from the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) regarding the Apostolic Constitution Vultum Dei Quaerere (Seeking the Face of God), which was released in the summer of 2016, we have begun to study the text as a community. As we earlier shared in a post, we were …

Farewell to the Cathedral Dedication Stone

A Handmaid News

On the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter (the Rock) we bid farewell to another sort of rock, the Sacred Heart Cathedral Dedication Stone. The Dedication Stone continues on its pilgrimage through the Diocese of Knoxville as it makes its way from the old Sacred Heart Cathedral, through all the parishes and missions, and to the new Sacred Heart …

Upon this Rock

Dedication Stone at Cor Jesu

A Handmaid News

The Cathedral Dedication Stone stayed in our monastery this week. Many of us Sisters had opportunity before entering the monastery to make pilgrimages to various places such as the Holy Land or shrines in Italy, Portugal, Spain etc. It’s common on pilgrimages to collect holy souvenirs (including rocks) from places like the shores of the Sea of Galilee or the …

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, …

Divine Mercy Image for Cor Jesu

A Handmaid News

It was only fitting, after the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, a year that had our retreat focusing on Divine Mercy, to adorn Cor Jesu Monastery with its newest piece of religious art. Only it is not just “religious art”. It is the Divine Mercy image itself. The canvas print of the restored painting from Vilnius, Poland came …

Special Blessings Book

Another Step Into the New Evangelization From the Cloister

A Handmaid News

Part of the New Evangelization is not only re-spreading the Gospel in lands that have allowed the Faith to weaken and even die, but also to use all the means of communication and technology to do so in the best way possible. Our own modest participation in the New Evangelization is sharing our cloistered lives with the outside world through …

Road to chapel

Oh the Road Again

A Handmaid News

As fall moves toward winter we took the opportunity to tend to some needed repairs on our road. As some of you know, since we have not yet built our monastery, we live in separate buildings connected  by gravel roads.  And our roads happen to be on very steep East Tennessee hills. Rainstorms, water run-off, and high traffic use with …

The Beauties of the Year of Mercy Continue

A Handmaid News, Priests

The Jubilee Year of Mercy has concluded and, as Pope Francis and many others have reminded us, the Year may be over but Mercy endures forever. One item we treasured in our celebration of the Year of Mercy was the daily communal recitation of Pope Francis’ Jubilee Prayer for Mercy. We hope to be able to incorporate it into our …