Sketch of Mary, Mother of Priests Garden

Groundbreaking Mary Mother of Priests Garden

A Handmaid KofC, News, Priests

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 …

Father prepares to incense the Blessed Sacrament at the Heart of Mary Priory in Lake Villa, IL.

Priests Loving Jesus!

A Handmaid Priests

Its fun when we notice priests loving Jesus! This is especially delightful when they are unaware others have witnessed those precious moments. Identities of priests, if known, are withheld. [And we add the caveat that, just because a priest may not be seen doing these kinds of things, doesn’t mean he is a lesser priest or not in love deeply …

Truth, Trust, and Prayer

A Handmaid News, Priests

We don’t post much on what people would call current events or news. 1. We don’t follow it as others in the world do though we know what is necessary to know and 2. It can devolve into divisive viewpoints that are not always proffered decently. But we are hearing from people who have good and just questions and we …

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. …

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 …

A view of sunset behind the Pieta.

Prayers for Deceased Priest

We welcome submissions of the name of any deceased priest to include in our prayers. To whom much is given, much will be demanded so all priest souls need our prayers. Simply fill out what information you can below to send us their names. Other ways you can help prayerfully support priests and seminarians:   

Priest Chalkboard In Our refectory

Our Priest Chalkboard

A Handmaid Charism, News, Priests

HOW DID THE PRIEST CHALKBOARD START? People sometimes wonder how the Handmaids came to start writing specific priests’ names on our chalkboard in our refectory. They want to know if these are special priests, or priests in trouble, or particularly great priests. They want to know why certain names appear and when. Well, we do one Diocese at a time. …

Moving On To Nashville

A Handmaid News, Priests

What?! The Handmaids are moving to Nashville? No. Moving the Motherhouse twice was enough excitement for centuries and we aren’t finished yet settling here in the Diocese of Knoxville. What we mean by ‘moving on to Nashville’ is that our practice of placing priests’ names on our refectory chalkboard each week, now that we have gone through the roster of …

Elevation of the Host at Mass

Dear Fathers, Did You Know?

A Handmaid Priests

“Dear Fathers, did you know?…” [We are happy to republish this post from the later portion of the Jubilee Year for Priests when our Oblates of the Precious Blood shared details of what they were offering for priests. May this continue to provide encouragement and inspiration for all our beloved priests.] We address this page to our dear priests who …

Priests’ Names on our Refectory Chalkboard

A Handmaid News, Priests

We recently started a tradition where we write the names of four priests each week on the chalkboard hung on the wall of our refectory. While we pray for all priests daily, these four are remembered in a special way in that we see their names frequently throughout the week. Each time we see their names we say a prayer …

Mother Marietta receives Father Hendershott's priestly blessing and kisses his anointed hands.

Our First Mass With A New Priest

A Handmaid News, Priests

What a way to celebrate the Feast of the Precious Blood in the month of the Precious Blood! Our first Mass with newly ordained Father Michael Hendershott occurred on July 1st, 2015 at the Christ, Prince of Peace, Retreat Center in Benton, TN. Not only was it special in that Father used the Extraordinary Form and a votive Mass for …