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: 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.