Mary Mother of Priests Garden – Blessing and Installation of First Set of Names

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Before concluding her second term of office as our Mother Prioress, Mother Marietta enjoyed one of her last ‘official’ acts as Mother in late September 2019: Taking a powered screw driver in hand and attaching the very first name plate of a priest we intended to honor in our Mary Mother of Priests Tribute Garden. Naturally, the priest in question …

Derecho Storm

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Like many folks along and anywhere near the 1000+ mile path of the recent derecho, we experienced an abundance of downed trees, power outages, downed lines etc. We want to thank God, first of all, that no one at Cor Jesu was injured or no structures were heavily damaged. Great thanks to the response of the Jefferson Country road crews …

CAPTION CONTEST or How the Squirrel Ate A Monastery

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The photo above of one of our many squirrels is begging for a caption contest. As we alerted our friends and benefactors when we shared the photo of this animal’s handiwork, we anticipated an upcoming caption contest should we capture any miscreants on camera. Through the assistance of a generous Knight of Columbus, we found ourselves quickly in possession of …

The basic gravel road with water runoff areas

Our New Road

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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 …

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

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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 …

Blessed Sacrament Cemetery Sandblasting

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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 …

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

Road Progress

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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.  


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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) …

A Beautiful First Day of Spring Thanks to the Snow!

Snow In Spring!

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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 …

Road to chapel

Oh the Road Again

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As fall moves toward winter we took the opportunity to tend to some needed repairs on our road. As some of you know, since we have not yet built our monastery, we live in separate buildings connected  by gravel roads.  And our roads happen to be on very steep East Tennessee hills. Rainstorms, water run-off, and high traffic use with …