Catching Up On Easter – Holy Thursday

A Handmaid News, Triduum

Monastic life, by design, does not always lend itself to instant sharing and media updates. Thus it is only now as we move through Spring, are we sharing more photos from the beautiful Triduum services we were privileged to enjoy. What is the Triduum? Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. The three most intense liturgical days of the year …

The Laboure Society and Rescuing Vocations

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News, Video

The Labouré Society, faith, finances, and following Christ It’s common knowledge that many young people graduating college are saddled with large debts and are hampered in their job search and getting a good start in life. But did you know it also has an impact on vocations? A discerning candidate to the seminary or religious life can face years of delay …

Saint Joseph the Worker, Pray for Us!

A Handmaid News

TO DO VS TO BE Why The Worker Matters Saint Joseph was tasked to do the seemingly impossible with NOTHING. [No, we don’t mean the staircase in Santa Fe, though that’s amazing!] The task? A mere man, though righteous, asked to guard, protect and lead the Sinless Virgin and the Son of God. And he did that well in dire poverty and …

Anti-squirrel Training Continues

A Handmaid News, Uncategorized

As part of her buildings and grounds orientation Gertrude is spending more time out of doors around Mater Dei and having some treks on a harness to re-explore more distant buildings like Cor Jesu. In a recent jaunt, she was escorted to Cor Jesu, inspected the wood damage, lunged after two squirrels (good thing for the squirrel she was in …

Easter Reading

A Handmaid News

We were surprised and delighted to receive the gift of new scripture commentaries for our library. When they appeared on a refectory table all labeled, book marked, and full of ready to use check out cards nuns gathered around as if it were an Easter basket full of eggs and chocolate! A photo of some of the titles we can …

BLESSED EASTER!

A Handmaid News

Christ is risen! Let the Light of Christ shine in your hearts this Easter season!

Special Welcome on the Day of Mary’s Fiat

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News

On the Solemnity of the Annunciation, in the Year of Saint Joseph and the Amoris Laetitia Family, we welcome Postulant Maria as she joined our religious family in residence, giving her own, “Fiat!” on this beautiful Feast. After persevering through a COVID-challenged Aspirancy, she came on March 25th to begin wearing the wine red colors of one dedicating her life …

They’re Back! But We Have A Bat Cat!

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After a lovely hiatus of a few years, our little brown bat friends have again checked out the inside of Cor Jesu Monastery. Previous agreements that they were quite welcome for insect control outside apparently have fallen by the wayside. Last week, after a nocturnal holy hour, we were alerted by Gunther that something was amiss. He quickly pointed out the winged …

A Perfect Day To Say “Fiat!”

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News

March 2021 is full of wonderful Feasts and Solemnities during Lent that orient us best to this liturgical season while pointing ahead to the Resurrection Joys of Easter. On March 17th we recall the Saint of the Emerald Isle, Saint Patrick, and the bloodless conversion of the Irish that followed in his wake. Just two days later, the Solemnity of …

March 19th, 2021 Solemnity of Saint Joseph and more…

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We made a special cartoon for the month of March (Saint Joseph’s Month) honoring the Amoris Laetitia Family Year that begins on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, March 19th. While we usually omit weekly cartoons for Lent, this seemed a worthwhile exception due to the double Holy Years. Honor Joseph and ask him for help in being a family of …