We Invite Everyone to Join us in Strengthening the Priest, A Living Chalice of the Precious Blood
We Have Three Ways to Help Priests:
By Simple Spiritual Adoption Of Priests:
- Laypeople: Lay Associates of the Priesthood
- Priests, Deacons, Religious: Confraternity of Mary, Mother of Priests
By a More In Depth Sharing in the Mission and Charism of the Handmaids of the Precious Blood
- Everyone: Oblates of the Precious Blood
“In strengthening the priest you strengthen the whole Church….
Strengthen the priest and you strengthen the whole foundation,
you strengthen everything in the Church.”
Fr. Gerald, s.P., Founder
Handmaids of the Precious Blood
One does not need to be a nun to offer every aspect of one’s life for the sanctification of God’s anointed ones. Anyone can pray and sacrifice for priests, which is why we began our prayer associations to allow those outside our cloister to join us in spirit before Our Lord in the Monstrance praying for His priests.
Confraternity of Mary, Mother of Priests
The Confraternity of Mary, Mother of Priests began in the summer of 1974. It welcomes priests, religious, and deacons to spiritually adopt their own priests. There are no meetings, fees or dues. Just daily prayer for a specific priest. Since 1974 it is estimated that over 7,000 Confraternity Members have adopted a priest.
Lay Associates of the Priesthood
Lay Associates of the Priesthood began as an expansion of the Confraternity of Mary, Mother of Priests program in February 1975 to allow the laity to also spiritually adopt a priest and has since registered over 30,000 members. There are no meetings, fees, or dues. Just daily prayer for a specific priest.
If you would like to spiritually adopt a priest (or priests) through either of these programs, please send us your name and address using our Adopt A Priest contact form.
Begun under the guidance of the Servant of God Father John A. Hardon, S.J. on the Feast of Corpus Christi, June 21, 1981, the Oblates of the Precious Blood program was founded to allow priests, religious, deacons, and laity to more closely affiliate themselves with the mission and spirit of the Handmaids of the Precious Blood. Oblates of the Precious Blood bind themselves to our apostolate of prayer and sacrifice for priests by willingly committing themselves to lives completely dedicated to God, doing everything out of love for God and for the sanctification of priests. From their homes, their families, their work, their rectories, their dioceses, their missions, their hermitages, and their cloisters they reach out spiritually to priest souls in need, offering every joy and sorrow, all pain and suffering to God in love on behalf of priests. They dedicate themselves to learning the spirituality of our Founder, Father Gerald Fitzgerald, s.P. and give themselves in a lifelong resolution to live for God alone. Candidates undergo a formation period by correspondence conducted from our Motherhouse before making a private Solemn Resolution of Love. The Oblates are not a third order and members of third orders may apply for candidacy. World wide, over 300 Oblates are in on-going formation receiving regular instructions from the Motherhouse.
To meet more of our Oblates see our Oblate News page.
If you are interested in our Oblates of the Precious Blood Program, please visit our Oblate page, contact us to ask more about the program, or consider filling out an Oblate application form. God bless you.