Light for the Priests Garden

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

We had been having consistent rain and fog for some time but gratefully welcoming it after a drought. Low clouds, heavy fog, rain, and mud described everything outdoors for many days. But not long after celebrating a sung Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it was a delight to have a touch of …

Turkey “Leftovers”

A Handmaid News

Our formation group supplied the community with turkeys. Actually, very generous benefactors provided turkeys and trimmings and the formation group provided cookie turkeys made out of oreos and candy corn. A pear was also sacrificed to look like a turkey in full strut amid a fruit platter. Thank you once again to all who helped make Thanksgiving happen at Cor …

Frost Flowers: Delighting In Cold Weather

A Handmaid News

 Recent unusual cold weather was an occasion of delight when the frost flowers appeared. The temperature conditions haven’t been right the last two years to treat us to this delicate and temporary feast for the eyes. A nice explanation of the phenomenon (which is actually rare, happening only once or twice a year) can be found on the National Weather …

Archive Treasures: International Eucharistic Congress 1976

A Handmaid Diamond Jubilee, HISTORY, News

As the Catholic Church in America gets its Eucharistic Revival underway, there are plans for a National Eucharistic Congress in July 2024. (For more information visit: https://www.eucharisticrevival.org) As cloistered contemplatives we will only be attending in spirit. But in 1976 we were still a Diocesan Community with a semi-active rule and not yet, enclosed. So we had the honor and …

Holy Cows: They’re Back!

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

This summer, eyeing some of the nicely mowed grass around the Mary, Mother of Priests Garden, neighboring cows headed over to our hill to sample the wares. They liked it and moved into the Garden but didn’t seem impressed by the view. With coaxing they made their way closer to our fence and then down the hill to Our Lady …

Veterans Day

A Handmaid Diamond Jubilee, Father Gerald Fitzgerald, News

Happy Veterans Day! Father Gerald Fitzgerald was a priest, a religious, and a founder but he was also a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army in World War II as a Chaplain. He attained the rank of Captain, and was stationed both in the U.S. as well as the Pacific theater.  As a priest out to save souls, he …

Odds and Ends: From Cats to Gas Giants

A Handmaid News

Gunther (aka Shadow) continues to be his quiet, polite self and is known to join Sisters in prayer, in a cat fashion otherwise known as a nap. Recently he was discovered warming a kneeler in the Oratory. In late September we made a short trek to the porch in the dark with all the lights off to enjoy Jupiter’s closest …

Treasures FOR the Archives!

A Handmaid Diamond Jubilee, News

We’ve been sharing several posts called “Archive Treasures” where a photo or an object is highlighted from our archives of the last 75 years. Now we again send out our prayers of gratitude to the benefactors who have enabled us to really tackle the huge labor of love in sorting through decades of photo material stored over the years in …