Farewell to the Cathedral Dedication Stone

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On the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter (the Rock) we bid farewell to another sort of rock, the Sacred Heart Cathedral Dedication Stone. The Dedication Stone continues on its pilgrimage through the Diocese of Knoxville as it makes its way from the old Sacred Heart Cathedral, through all the parishes and missions, and to the new Sacred Heart …

Upon this Rock

Dedication Stone at Cor Jesu

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The Cathedral Dedication Stone stayed in our monastery this week. Many of us Sisters had opportunity before entering the monastery to make pilgrimages to various places such as the Holy Land or shrines in Italy, Portugal, Spain etc. It’s common on pilgrimages to collect holy souvenirs (including rocks) from places like the shores of the Sea of Galilee or the …

Gift of a Deacon

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During the recent Knoxville Diocesan Priests’ retreat, we had the blessing to prayerfully reflect on the gift of the priesthood, as we prayed for all our priests on retreat with Bishop Stika, but also on the gift of the permanent Diaconate as we benefited from having our Communications Director, Deacon Scott Maentz, lead our Communion Services held in lieu of …

Prior to the Mass, Diaconate Candidate Scott Maentz joins the Handmaids for a photo.

Congratulations Deacon Scott!!

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We are not only happy to congratulate Scott Maentz on his ordination to the Permanent Diaconate, but we are grateful we could participate a little. Obviously, we have accompanied Deacon Scott and his wife, Christine, with our prayers for some time and planned to do so especially on June 11th, 2016. But it was an additional honor to have a …

Council of Catholic Women Convention

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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 …

22 Aug 2015 Prayer Vigil Outside Knoxville Planned Parenthood

Joining Our Prayers To Theirs

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From our cloister at Cor Jesu Monastery, we added our prayers to those hundreds gathered near the Knoxville Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015. Appropriately, this nationwide prayer protest fell on the Feast of the Queenship of Our Lady, in whose hands we can place our requests for a blossoming of the culture of life in our …

Ordinandi lie prostrate. Photo by Stephanie Richer.

Four New Priests…Forever!

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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 …

Following Jesus Conference

Diocese Hosts Following Jesus Conference

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Following Jesus Register for free tickets! “The Following Jesus conference at KCHS and All Saints Church is free and will feature presentations by Curtis Martin, author, sought after speaker, Crossing the Goal co-host and CEO of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students and by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who will also celebrate Mass for conference attendees. This event is open to …