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 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 HPB Vocations, 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 …

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, HPB Vocations, 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?

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“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

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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 …

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 …

Ordinandi lie prostrate. Photo by Stephanie Richer.

Four New Priests…Forever!

A Handmaid Charism, HPB Vocations, News, Priests

On June 27, 2015, at Bishop Stika’s special invitation, three Handmaids of the Precious Blood had the privilege of representing our community at the ordinations of Father Jesús Guerrero-Rodriguez, Father Michael Hendershott, Father Ray Powell, and Father Scott Russell. Not surprisingly, the Sisters came home ecstatic over the whole wonderful day. Prominent in their observations were not only the ordinations …