Christmas Tree and Nativity Scene

Christmas at Cor Jesu 2017

A Handmaid News

Many may note that we usually don’t post news during Advent and Lent, not even during the Christmas and Easter Octaves. This is primarily because we place prayer ahead of sharing. We may post them after and back date them so the news blog timeline makes sense. This year we had a blessed Advent and Christmas and have stretched the …

Sister Christiana with her Mom Sandy and sister Sunny

Final Vows as a Handmaid for Sister Christiana

A Handmaid Charism, Handmaids of the Precious Blood, HPB Vocations, News

On the First Friday of July 2017, July 7th, we were blessed by God to have the Profession of Final Vows as a Handmaid of the Precious Blood of Sister Christiana of Christ the King. Bishop Richard F. Stika, Bishop of Knoxville, celebrated the Mass and in addition, we were honored to have His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop Emeritis …

Divine Mercy Image for Cor Jesu

A Handmaid News

It was only fitting, after the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, a year that had our retreat focusing on Divine Mercy, to adorn Cor Jesu Monastery with its newest piece of religious art. Only it is not just “religious art”. It is the Divine Mercy image itself. The canvas print of the restored painting from Vilnius, Poland came …

Moving On To Nashville

A Handmaid News, Priests

What?! The Handmaids are moving to Nashville? No. Moving the Motherhouse twice was enough excitement for centuries and we aren’t finished yet settling here in the Diocese of Knoxville. What we mean by ‘moving on to Nashville’ is that our practice of placing priests’ names on our refectory chalkboard each week, now that we have gone through the roster of …

Blessed Sacrament Cemetery: You can barely tell there was an interment so careful and painstaking was the Bridges Funeral Home crew, ensuring every piece of straw was put back in place. A job lovingly well done!

Sister Mel Pierre Comes Home

A Handmaid News

Timing Is Everything It didn’t surprise us when Sister Mel Pierre took a turn for the worse and entered hospice while staying at the Catholic Charities run Holy Family Villa in Illinois. For three years she offered herself to the Lord as a holocaust for priests in the unique form of suffering that is dementia, while receiving outstanding and loving …

Council of Catholic Women Convention

A Handmaid Monastery, News

The Diocese of Knoxville’s Council of Catholic Women Convention met at Holy Trinity Parish from April 14th – 16th in Jefferson City and we were happy to participate by sending one Handmaid as a representative of our Community. With special permission, Sister was able to attend and display a table about our mission in the Church and our project to …

Home At Last, Home At Last, Thank God Almighty, they’re Home At Last!

A Handmaid Monastery, News

Handmaids Come Home to Blessed Sacrament Cemetery On March 29th, 2016, the Handmaids of the Precious Blood celebrated an important milestone in their settlement in New Market, TN. After moving our entire Resurrection Cemetery from Cor Jesu Monastery in Jemez Springs, NM to the Christ, Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton, TN in 2013; we did not anticipate moving …

Ordinandi lie prostrate. Photo by Stephanie Richer.

Four New Priests…Forever!

A Handmaid Charism, HPB Vocations, News, Priests

On June 27, 2015, at Bishop Stika’s special invitation, three Handmaids of the Precious Blood had the privilege of representing our community at the ordinations of Father Jesús Guerrero-Rodriguez, Father Michael Hendershott, Father Ray Powell, and Father Scott Russell. Not surprisingly, the Sisters came home ecstatic over the whole wonderful day. Prominent in their observations were not only the ordinations …