Vocations General Information
We are dedicated to the sanctification of priests and live an intense life of prayer centered around the Eucharist.
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: Candidates participate in a “Come and See” experience and an Aspirancy program at the Motherhouse. This is followed by a twelve month Postulancy and a two-year Novitiate. Vows are renewed annually for five years before solemn vows are taken.
Age Range: 19 – 40, Belated vocations are by exception only on a case by case basis.
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.