Mary, our Mother and our Model, stood beneath the Cross. This sign hung on the front of Cor Jesu Monastery in New Mexico for many years.

Ecce Mater Dei

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Ecce Mater Dei…Behold, the Mother of God. Some people have asked us why we named the ridge top house “Mater Dei.” We wanted to honor Our Lady, the Mother of God. When we seek to imitate her life in our own vocations of giving our lives for the sanctification of priests, we know this will mean imitating her when she …

Wood Houses and Wet Weather

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If people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, perhaps we can also say people who live in wood houses should attend to preventative maintenance. We are making sure we keep up on it. We had a great deal of renovations, repairs, and improvements to make on both the wood houses we moved into in July of 2015, but …

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

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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 …

Callaway Ridge

The First Snows in New Market

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If its winter, then we must expect snow…even in Tennessee. Now that our new location has us further north in East Tennessee and higher up in altitude, we prepared ourselves for the season as best we could realizing that no amount of shoveling and de-icing would make our property accessible if the county road leading up to our ridge top …

Hammers and Nails

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The Handmaids are hearing a lot of hammers and nails lately and sometimes are swinging a few hammers of our own. A great deal has been accomplished since our last update post of August 11th, and we would like to share some photos of the work in action to encourage you to accompany us in prayer as we labor to …

Three Happy Handmaids after closing on the property.

Deo Gratias! We Have A New Home!

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On 4 June 2015, we could breathe a prayer of thanksgiving as we closed on our new home we had been praying we could purchase. Once again, God’s Providence did indeed provide for all that was needed in our ongoing search for the location of the new monastery. We are incredibly grateful to the team of hidden prayer warriors and …

The hills are alive with the sound of Handmaids singing Deo Gratias!

A Property Surprise from Saint Joseph and Bishop Stika

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New Property Found for the Handmaids? Saint Joseph constantly surprises us but so does our Bishop Stika. During our recent extensive search at the various gems of East Tennessee property hiding among the mountains and rivers, Bishop Stika requested that some Handmaids represent the community at the Conversation with the Cardinals held at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville on 18 …