St. Therese Parish reaches out to the Handmaids

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News

As the Handmaids of the Precious Blood continue to pray for the Diocese of Knoxville and for priests around the world from their new home in New Market, Tenn., parishes around the diocese are reaching out to the nuns to assist in any way they can.

Father Julius Abuh celebrates Mass with the Handmaids of the Precious Blood and other parishioners on Sept. 7.

Father Julius Abuh celebrates Mass with the Handmaids of the Precious Blood and other parishioners on Sept. 7.

Father Julius Abuh, parochial administrator of St. Therese Parish in Clinton, spent Labor Day with the Handmaids, leading adoration, benediction and celebrating Mass with them. Father Abuh also gave the sacrament of the sick to a man facing surgery.

“It was a very beautiful experience,” Father Abuh said. “I also made a personal donation of a 32-inch display monitor to them with a check from St. Therese and some goodies from the parishioners of St. Therese in appreciation of their prayers for the priests, especially of our diocese.” The Handmaids do not watch television, but they do plan to use the monitor to view inspirational videos and community photos.

Priests and parishioners from around the diocese have been working with the Handmaids since they arrived in East Tennessee in 2013. They relocated from New Mexico and initially settled on the grounds of the diocese’s Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center near Benton.

The cloistered order found a permanent site for its Cor Jesu monastery in Jefferson County earlier this year and have been getting settled.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Handmaids of the Precious Blood or making a donation can go to nunsforpriests.org.

“It is through your generous donations of time, talent, and treasure that our work is able to flourish. Through your charity and kindness, we are able to uplift the hearts, minds, and souls of priests through dedication to assiduous pray and eucharistic adoration,” according to the Handmaids.