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 …

Truth, Trust, and Prayer

A Handmaid News, Priests

We don’t post much on what people would call current events or news. 1. We don’t follow it as others in the world do though we know what is necessary to know and 2. It can devolve into divisive viewpoints that are not always proffered decently. But we are hearing from people who have good and just questions and we …

Blessed Sacrament Cemetery Sandblasting

A Handmaid News

Our Blessed Sacrament Cemetery received some beautiful engraving on the main headstone facing the entrance steps to the cemetery. The large headstone also serves to mark the resting place of our Sisters interred beneath the stem of the chalice. Several Sisters in individual graves also received their headstones, perhaps in Eternity smiling as they enjoy our community joke that our …

Overnight visit of the Silver Rose traveling to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico

Running of the Rose 2018

A Handmaid KofC, News

Once again we are privileged to host the Silver Rose on its pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico. The Rose will be staying overnight this week at Cor Jesu Monastery as some parishes in the Diocese of Knoxville also gather in prayer around the Rose as it makes it journey from Canada, through the United States, and finally …

Of Bats and Knights

A Handmaid News

Our wildlife encounters recently ranged from snakes, mice, fawns, and baby birds to lizards and tree frogs vying for the best prayerful locations in our Chapel and Oratories. But our cartoon this week refers to our latest insect-reducing friends: bats. And more especially, it involves our ongoing relations with the Knights of Columbus, highlighting just one of the many times …

Mass with Father Stephen Imbarrato

A Handmaid News

On Sunday June 11th 2018 we prepared as normal for our afternoon Mass with one of our Chaplains from Holy Trinity Parish, Father Patrick Resen. While we knew his parish would have a mission retreat this week, he surprised us by bringing Father Stephen Imbarrato to celebrate the Mass and give the homily. We were delighted, having not seen him …

Lower section of the new road leading to Cor Jesu Monastery.

Road Progress

A Handmaid News

As we enter into summertime here at Cor Jesu Monastery, progress (weather permitting) continues on the new road. Please join us in our prayers for the safety of the crew clearing the land and grading it. We are grateful for their labor and look forward to completion.  

ITS CONSTRUCTION TIME!

A Handmaid News

The coming of Spring weather, and the arrival of a bulldozer can only mean one thing at Cor Jesu Monastery: ITS CONSTRUCTION TIME! We ask your prayers for all the workers who will be on site beginning the early preparation work for a small annex project. We pray Great Saint Joseph will provide for all the work (and safe progress) …

First Easter Home Together since 1950

A Handmaid News

Thanks to the generosity of our Chaplains, we were able to have Holy Week, Triduum, and Easter at “home” for the first time since our move to TN. In fact, its the first time since 1950 all Handmaids could celebrate these high holy days together in one place. Since our move to the Diocese of Knoxville in 2013, Holy Week …

Chapel approaching Triduum

Historic Holy Week and Easter for Handmaids

A Handmaid News, Triduum

Easter approaches! It’s Holy Week! Our Crucifix and statues are covered in Chapel. We are unpacking and digging out processional crosses, candles and bells, dusting, scrubbing, and polishing. We are preparing and printing out booklets with hymns, music, and prayers for each wonderful event that marks Holy Week and the Triduum. Choir practices are brushing up on Passion and Paschaltide …

A Beautiful First Day of Spring Thanks to the Snow!

Snow In Spring!

A Handmaid News

We had a blessed first day of Spring this year with the gift of SNOW! A wet inch, yes, just 1 inch, fell overnight to inspire us with a morning surprise to hail the first official day of Spring, March 21st. Owing to the steep terrain of our property, just a few minutes walk down the road showed us marvelous …