Surprise Morning View From the Garden

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

Shortly after we prayed Lauds and Terce, some Sisters out for exercise enjoyed an unexpected treat watching a hot air balloon near the monastery. The burners could be heard as it descended for a landing nearby.  These largely silent aircraft move quietly with the air currents, a beauty that doesn’t disturb the peace around the pastures and hills. We hope …

Summer scenes from our Garden summit

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

While the Mary, Mother of Priests Garden isn’t on a mountain summit, it commands a beautiful view from its location on the hilltop, even in the hazy days of summer. Even on clear days of summer.

Fiat Lux! Let There Be Light!

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

As an Easter gift, a benefactor made possible the night lighting of our gates, call box, and most especially the wooden Crosses now draped in white. It helps with security and visitors finding the call box but also allows the Cross to be seen at quite a distance even in the dark. Fiat Lux! Let There Be Light! We are …

Triduum

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

The holiest days of the year, the Triduum, are upon us with much silence, solemnity, and prayer. And also a lot of preparations, cleaning, arranging, planning etc., to ensure we are ready to welcome the Risen King again on Easter Sunday. We share just a snap shot from Good Friday Outdoor Stations in the Mary Mother of Priests Garden and …

Happy Nuns, Melting Snow, and Fleeting Grace

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden, Video

Though Spring is here, we want to share some of winter’s last hurrahs in mid March at Cor Jesu Monastery. The day after we had enjoyed 72 degree weather, we had a winter storm and over 4 inches of snow, a rare occurrence. And unlike last year, thanks to a generous priest, we had a sled! No cardboard for us …

Who Is In The Garden?

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

We thought that, similar to sharing images of our priests chalkboard in our refectory highlighting priests to pray for each week, we might share from time to time, not just a photo of our Mary Mother of Priests Garden, but a little about some of the priests names fixed there among the Stations of the Cross on our hilltop home.  …

Gaudete! He is Coming!

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Rejoice! It’s Gaudete Sunday! We enter the third week of Advent lighting the rose colored candles and renewing our thanksgiving for the Incarnation. He is coming. He is coming to save us. He is coming to be one of us. This gives us all hope and joy, but not for the secular trappings of the coming holidays. It’s not about …

Praying the Stations of the Cross in the Mary, Mother of Priests Tribute Garden

A Handmaid HISTORY, HPB Vocations, Priests Garden

God blessed us with very fine weather during the last weeks of October and, on a warm and windy day, we took advantage of the conditions to pray the Stations of the Cross together in the Mary, Mother of Priests Tribute Garden. The perimeter of this first phase of the garden is ringed with 14 traditional Stations of the Cross …

Mary Mother of Priests Garden – Blessing and Installation of First Set of Names

A Handmaid HISTORY, PRIESTS, Priests Garden

Before concluding her second term of office as our Mother Prioress, Mother Marietta enjoyed one of her last ‘official’ acts as Mother in late September 2019: Taking a powered screw driver in hand and attaching the very first name plate of a priest we intended to honor in our Mary Mother of Priests Tribute Garden. Naturally, the priest in question …

First groundbreaking on the initial phase of the Mary, Mother of Priests Garden at Cor Jesu Monastery

Groundbreaking for Mary, Mother of Priests Garden Initial Phase

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News, PRIESTS, Priests Garden

While we have gotten used to bull dozers and other heavy equipment around the grounds, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Mary, Mother of Priests Garden was the first time we had color-coordinated shovels on the property. Several wine-red shovels were on hand on our “Sound of Music” hill where we have plans to eventually build the Mary, Mother of Priests …

Sketch of Mary, Mother of Priests Garden

Groundbreaking Mary Mother of Priests Garden

A Handmaid HISTORY, Knights of Columbus, PRIESTS, Priests Garden

Our Handmaid charism has called us to give our lives in Eucharistic adoration, prayer and sacrifice for the sanctification of priests since our founding in 1947.   Under the guidance of the Servant of God John A. Hardon, S.J. we began prayer associations in the 1970s to offer the opportunity to others throughout the world to spiritually hold a particular priest by name …