Former Cor Jesu Monastery in Jemez Springs, New Mexico sold to Jemez Pueblo
Saint Joseph, patron Saint of real estate sales, came through for the Handmaids of the Precious Blood in the recent sale of their Motherhouse to the Jemez Pueblo. There was no need to bury statues upside down, we simply trusted in Divine Providence and the close protective care Saint Joseph is always eager to give to those in need. Though we expected the project of selling our home of the last 67 years to be a daunting task for our community, the Lord provided and Saint Joseph came through wonderfully. This allowed for a smooth transition and sale of our monastery property and buildings located in Jemez Springs to the Pueblo of the Jemez Indians. Initial discussions in October were rapidly finalized allowing the Jemez Pueblo to take ownership as of 23 December 2014. This important milestone marks another historical moment in our transition to our new home in the Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee.
We remember fondly and bittersweetly our former home in the mountainous canyon of “The Land of Enchantment” but fearlessly press on to our new future in East Tennessee in “The Volunteer State”. Our Founder, Father Gerald Fitzgerald, s.P. expressed his wish that the Handmaids of the Precious Blood would follow God’s will in bringing their apostolate of Eucharistic Prayer for the sanctification of priests wherever the Lord would lead. As our Rule of Life states, in keeping with Father Gerald’s wishes, we will answer Bishops’ invitations “wherever and whenever possible.” Once again, we thank our new shepherd, Bishop Richard F. Stika, for the warm welcome that has been extended to us in our new surroundings in the beautiful Appalachian mountains and hills of East Tennessee.
See photos below of scenes from New Mexico.