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

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 …

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 …

Still smiling after all the hard work!

Knights Move The Library!

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Knights of Columbus To The Rescue! On September 19th, 2015 a significant step was completed in the move of our old library to the new Cor Jesu Monastery when nearly 6,000 books were carried from our storage area into the still-to-be-assembled library areas of the building. Knights and Knights-to-be came from Sacred Heart Cathedral for the all day moving marathon. …

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 …

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!

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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 …

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 …

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 …

Rosary of Our Sorrowful Mother

Rosary of Our Sorrowful Mother (reflections by Father Gerald Fitzgerald, s.P., as prayed with the Handmaids of the Precious Blood on November 7th, 1948) Opening Prayer: “Oh Lord Jesus, at first sight it seems strange that You, a God of joy, should have willed that Your sinless Mother should have to participate in sorrow, for there was nothing but joy in …

1st Station - Jesus Christ is Condemned to Death

Stations of the Cross

Praying the Stations of the Cross Online These are close up images of the brass Stations of the Cross that hung in Saint Anne’s Chapel at Cor Jesu Monastery in New Mexico.The reliefs are inspired by the pencil sketches of Hippolyte Lazerges, where the artist drew only Christ’s face at each station.By clicking on an image, you may view a larger version.