Happy Fifth Anniversary!

A Handmaid News

This week, on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we mark our fifth anniversary of arriving in New Market, TN. It has been a busy and fast five years repairing and renovating the buildings to ‘monasticize’ them, adding other structures, building a road, starting the Mary, Mother of Priests Garden, and a host of other milestones along the …

Happy 73rd Birthday to Handmaids – Foundation Day!

A Handmaid News

On this date, May 25th, 1947, the Feast of Pentecost, the Handmaids of the Precious Blood began in Jemez Springs, NM. To celebrate our 73rd Anniversary of Foundation Day we want to share a few archive photos. We thank God for our Founder, Father Gerald, and the pioneering spirit of our first Handmaids. When you give your life to God, …

A Brief History

A close observer of our contemplative community once gave a brief description of our life to a friend as follows, “These Sisters don’t just pray for priests; they live for them!” What are we doing here in Knoxville? We are here to live and give our lives most particularly for priests and their sanctification. Each priest has been called to live …

First Easter Home Together since 1950

A Handmaid News

Thanks to the generosity of our Chaplains, we were able to have Holy Week, Triduum, and Easter at “home” for the first time since our move to TN. In fact, its the first time since 1950 all Handmaids could celebrate these high holy days together in one place. Since our move to the Diocese of Knoxville in 2013, Holy Week …

Chapel approaching Triduum

Historic Holy Week and Easter for Handmaids

A Handmaid News, Triduum

Easter approaches! It’s Holy Week! Our Crucifix and statues are covered in Chapel. We are unpacking and digging out processional crosses, candles and bells, dusting, scrubbing, and polishing. We are preparing and printing out booklets with hymns, music, and prayers for each wonderful event that marks Holy Week and the Triduum. Choir practices are brushing up on Passion and Paschaltide …

Sister Rose Anne of Jesus at Villa Cor Jesu in Jemez Springs, NM July 22, 1966

Fifty Golden Years!

A Handmaid News

On June 17th, 2016 the Handmaids of the Precious Blood enjoyed the special milestone of our fifth Handmaid to persevere through a half a century, fifty years, of vowed religious life. Sister Rose Anne of Jesus, recently arrived from Illinois to finally settle down in East Tennessee, spent the day in community celebration as all the stops were pulled out …

Father Gerald, still in his Holy Cross habit, with the very first Handmaids in 1947.

Foundation Day…Our First Ever

A Handmaid Charism, Handmaids of the Precious Blood, News

Happy Foundation Day! In 1947, on the Feast of Pentecost, May 25th, the Handmaids of the Precious Blood were founded. Ever since, we’ve marked May 25th as the anniversary of our beginnings in New Mexico. But this year is a different kind of milestone. Why? After all, 69 years doesn’t sound as historical as next year’s 70th will be. We …

We're finally home!

Historic Homecoming!

A Handmaid Handmaids of the Precious Blood, News

On May 17th, 2016, the final trio of Handmaids traveled to the new Motherhouse marking an historic homecoming in the life of our community. From this point forward, every celebration in the next year will be a milestone for the simple reason that all of us, for the first time, will be gathered on one property. We’ll share more about …

Until the monastery is built, this is the arriving Sisters' new home: Mater Dei

Happy Handmaids Arrive Home!

A Handmaid Handmaids of the Precious Blood, News

Our two Handmaid Sisters from Lake Villa were ALL smiles, very happy Handmaids, when they arrived at their new HOME in East Tennessee on May 10th, 2016. Despite all the work leading up to packing and flying out, the car rides to and from the airports, and a delayed flight to boot, they stepped onto Appalachian soil refreshed and joyful …

Day one in New Market in Mater Dei Oratory: Ending a long day full of hard work of packing, wrapping, moving and unpacking on the best note possible...with Our Lord in thanksgiving. Home with Jesus!

We’ve Moved!

A Handmaid Monastery, News

On the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, July 16th, 2015, the Handmaids of the Precious Blood moved to our recently acquired property in New Market, Tennessee. With no small debt of gratitude to the many generous souls who helped us achieve this milestone in our community’s history, we look forward to the days ahead as we settle in …

40th Anniversary of Lay Associates of the Priesthood!

A Handmaid External Apostolates, Lay Associates of the Priesthood, News

Although the Handmaids of the Precious Blood have been praying and sacrificing for priests since their foundation in 1947, formal programs sharing this Handmaid charism with the outside world didn’t begin until the 1970s. It began first by encouraging other priests, religious and deacons to adopt a priest by name in 1974 which was the start of the Confraternity of Mary, …