Vocations General Information

We are dedicated to the sanctification of priests and live an intense life of prayer centered around the Eucharist.

Photo Collage of Handmaid Life with scenes from Tennessee, Illinois and New Mexico.

Number in Community: 14 Professed

Year Founded: 1947

Represented in US Dioceses: Knoxville, TN

Mission Statement/Description: The Handmaids are cloistered contemplatives dedicated to the honor, praise and worship of God. By their hidden apostolate, they extend the arms of prayer and sacrifice around the world, with a special solicitude for God’s priests. A Pontifical community, their love for the Church is expressed in unswerving loyalty and fidelity to the Holy Father. Eucharistic adoration is a special aspect of their ecclesial mission.

Qualifications for Entry: Good physical and mental health with sufficient emotional maturity to live a joyful monastic community life. Basic vocal musical ability is required. U.S. Citizenship and fluency in the English language required. Candidates must also be free from all canonical impediments.

Formation Program: Under new regulations from the Holy See (cf. Instruction “Cor Orans” April 2018), our Aspirancy Program now consists of at least 12 months of spiritual and human formation, and our Postulancy one to two years. The Novitiate has a duration of two years and the Juniorate a total of five years. Initial Formation, therefore, will be no less than nine years and not more than twelve.

Age Range: 19 – 40. We do accept belated vocations [ages 41-50] though they are by exception. Transfers from other religious communities are possible.

If you are discerning a call to the religious life and feel as though you may have a call to our community, please send us your contact information and we will be in touch with you.