When we arrived in the Diocese of Knoxville in May 2013 we found, in addition to the warm welcome on all fronts to help us get settled, Bishop Stika’s offer to assist on a much needed website upgrade. He directed us to some of the local faithful gifted in IT (Information Technology) ways and encouraged us to move further into the digital domain while carefully preserving our cloister. While the learning curve on our part was steep, we began exploring means to take part in the New Evangelization using more modern technology without being consumed by it. When we first launched www.nunsforpriests.org on the Feast of Mary, Mother of God in 2010, our intent was to bring the cloister into the world wide web and not the world wide web into the cloister. We have been blessed not only to have a Bishop who understands this goal but our technical experts as well who have prayerfully worked with us closely to design and build a new website that can help to transmit our charism of prayer and sacrifice for priests in Eucharistic Adoration without requiring intense maintenance on our part.
On 6 Feb 2015, we were able to finally launch the much improved website after many months of prayer and preparation. We are grateful for the technical assistance, as well as the prayer support, of Scott Maentz and James Dee, without whom it simply could not have happened.
The new format of the website features a news blog, easier ways to Adopt-A-Priest and even submit a priest for spiritual adoption. Likewise, there are online contact forms for prayer requests, vocation inquiries, and applications for our Oblates of the Precious Blood program. In addition, there are links to other Catholic resources including devotionals, both Handmaid and other, to encourage prayer while online. Although the design includes a news blog, comments are deliberately turned off, as our contemplative life precludes the necessary moderation of comments.
A Handmaid Prayer Before Getting Online:
“Dear Lord, I am getting online but I am not leaving you. Enter the cloister of my heart and accompany me in this necessary task. May I take the cloister into the world wide web and not the world wide web into the cloister. Be with me at every site I visit, every task I accomplish and protect me at every click of the mouse. Shield my heart and eyes to see only you, Jesus Only You.”
“…may my eyes behold you, because you are their light, and I would open to you alone.” – Saint John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle
A Handmaid Prayer After Getting Offline:
“Dear Lord, thank you for protecting me while working on the world wide web. May I now forget all the distractions and stimuli and return to your silence and peace. May the work I have just done on the web bring those in the world closer to your Sacred Heart by experiencing whatever of your silence and peace we have been able to convey through our presence on the web.”