Father Gerald, CSC

A Handmaid Diamond Jubilee, News

Our Founder, Father Gerald, was prepared for his role by living several types of priesthood. First, he was a diocesan priest for 12 years. Then he joined the Congregation of Holy Cross for 12 years. In World War II he served as an Army Chaplain and following the war, asked permission from his congregation to explore the foundation of communities …

Archive Treasures: Meeting Saint Paul VI

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Mother Dolorosa and Sister Bernadette (who would become the next Mother) greet Pope Paul VI during a visit to Rome. They were delighted to meet the successor to Peter and the Vicar of Christ on Earth but might not have guessed how soon he would be canonized.

Retreat Into The Desert: Sep 16 – Oct 4, 2022

A Handmaid Diamond Jubilee, News

We read in the prophet Hosea of God seeking to re-establish his relationship with Israel using the imagery of alluring her into the desert to speak tenderly to her again. (cf Hosea 2) We are off to the desert to wait in silence and solitude before our Lord in our annual retreat. Half the Sisters work as Marthas while half …

Our Lady of Sorrows

A Handmaid Diamond Jubilee, News

Continuing on with our Diamond Jubilee, we made a small Lady of Sorrows display in our Cor Jesu Refectory of various cards, programs, and tableau photos depicting how the Handmaids marked this beautiful feast of our Blessed Mother. 

Archive Treasures: Getting down to work

A Handmaid Diamond Jubilee, News

Sometimes when photos are taken, gathered, and placed in an album people might wonder, “Why did you take a photo of THAT?” This is true particularly when it seems like an everyday, ordinary thing or task. But, with the passage of time, even the plain-old stuff becomes vastly more interesting. When these ‘secretarial’ photos were taken they didn’t seem like …

Happy Birthday Blessed Mother!

A Handmaid Cartoons, News

While no one knows for sure the exact date of Our Blessed Mother’s birthday, celebrating her life as Jesus’ Mother goes back to ancient times and marking her Nativity liturgically goes back at least as far as the sixth century. Her birth can be considered the dawn of our salvation because she was the one who bore the Light of …

Caring for the Archives

A Handmaid Diamond Jubilee, News

Family, friends, and benefactors who have been in contact with our community over the decades know that we have moved our Motherhouse twice in the last ten years. First, in 2013 when we moved from Jemez Springs, New Mexico to Benton, Tennessee and then again in 2015 from Benton to New Market Tennessee. With 75 years of archives moving with …

Surprise Morning View From the Garden

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

Shortly after we prayed Lauds and Terce, some Sisters out for exercise enjoyed an unexpected treat watching a hot air balloon near the monastery. The burners could be heard as it descended for a landing nearby.  These largely silent aircraft move quietly with the air currents, a beauty that doesn’t disturb the peace around the pastures and hills. We hope …

Aspirant Chrissy Visits

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News

We were recently blessed that our Aspirant Chrissy was able to make an extended visit. This allowed her to spend time with our formation group and participate in the life of the community and experience the Handmaid charism, especially our lives of sacrifice and eucharistic adoration for the sanctification of priests.  She has now returned home to Illinois where she …

Handmaids Send Prayers for Knoxville Vocations Day for Young Women

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News

We were blessed to be able to participate in prayer with the recent Vocations Day for Young Women hosted at Saint Joseph’s School in Knoxville. As we have done in similar venues (Steubenville Vocations Day, FOCUS, or Knights of Columbus conventions) a table was set up so that even the absent cloistered nuns would have some physical presence. We joined …

Archive Treasures: A peek at Vermont Snow…in August!

A Handmaid Diamond Jubilee

The first convent outside of New Mexico was to another climate far different from the desert southwest: Vermont! Randolph, VT was the location of the Precious Blood convent and the Handmaids sent there had plenty of opportunities to enjoy the marvels of winter, especially shoveling snow! Enjoy these old photos, posted in a Tennessee August, to cool down a bit …