Attending to Cor Orans and Vultum Dei Quaerere

A Handmaid News

Rev. Mother Marietta, HPB and Sister Sarah Michael, HPB recently visited the Passionist Nuns of Saint Joseph in Whitesville, KY as a working trip to share resources and discuss ways cloistered communities are implementing the new directives of Cor Orans and more fully embracing the pastoral recommendations in the Apostolic Constitution Vultum Dei Quaerere. Mother John Mary, CP and Sister …

Say “Cheese!” and Support The Shield!

A Handmaid KofC, News

Say Cheese! Or Mac N’ Cheese. Or 50 pounds of Mac N’ Cheese and a corresponding mountain of coleslaw. What does this have to do with supporting police officers and the Knights of Columbus? How do cloistered nuns ‘help out’ at a fund raiser in the city? From our cloister of course! With Knights of Columbus delivering the needed supplies …

The Scandal of the Cross

A Handmaid News

Today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Hail, Holy Cross! Our Only Hope! It is perhaps too easy to remember today’s rampant scandals and weary of them, dragged down by so much evil and sin. But if we do, we can forget the greatest Scandal, the Cross of Christ, and how that seeming defeat actually conquered all …

Combat Not Comfort

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News, Priests

If you are called to a vocation to sanctify priests, don’t expect it to be comfortable…because it is combat. So please pray for us as we pray for you!

The basic gravel road with water runoff areas

Our New Road

A Handmaid News

Our new road running from Mater Dei (the house on the top of our property) to Cor Jesu Monastery (the building down the hill) is about done. We thought we would share a few photos of the progress and changes. Eventually, when its time to do some work on the areas that are now soil and clay, it will return …

Bearing an Undeserved Burden

A Handmaid News, Priests

When we upgraded our website a few years ago, a photo was purchased for our use of a man with his head bowed and knuckles in his eyes and we added the caption: Our Priests Carry Not Only The Full Weight of Our Burdens But Their Own As Well. Today, in these days of renewed scandal, we have to consider …

Why we pray for priests…even the worst of them

A Handmaid News, Priests

Too often we neglect to see Christ in His Priests, blinded as we can be with righteous anger and rage as we react to the sins of some of our priests in whom it is hardest to identify Christ. Rightfully we demand accountability and justice and strive to have it carried out but too often forget that, although temporal reparation …

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 News, Priests

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 …

The Sisters gather around the Rose

Running of the Rose 2018 Was Beautiful!

A Handmaid News

As we shared earlier this month, the Silver Rose once again came to our Monastery, delivered by Knights of Columbus Henry Usey and Jimmy Dee. It was immediately placed before the Blessed Sacrament and kept in our Mass Chapel. During the night hours, it was placed before an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe adjacent to the altar while Sisters …

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 …