“Behold I am the Handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38
A sign that unity is possible beyond ties of kinship, nationality, and culture.
The heart of our life and our mission
We contemplate in Mary, the first Handmaid, the image of what we want to be with God's grace.
Saint Raphaela Mary’s deepest desire is “to make Christ known and loved by all.”
We have received our vocation with the church and we are sent in her name.
We labor with Christ to heal a broken world.
Inspires us to seek God in all things and to be available to serve.
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Handmaids work tirelessly in the United States and around the world to assist people and communities who are poor, uneducated, marginalized, spiritually hungry, and searching for God.
Saint Raphaela Mary, our Foundress, counted on the power of prayer to sustain the ministry
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.
Won’t you consider sharing yours?
Whether you have a day, an afternoon, or an hour, the time you spend as a volunteer can and does make a difference.
Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus serve in 24 countries throughout the globe.
All Handmaids learn to speak Spanish as part of their novitiate training.
Saint Raphaela Mary’s father was the mayor of Pedro Abad in Spain.
The Handmaids arrived in the United States in 1926.
More than 5,000 retreatants and visitors are hosted at the Saint Raphaela Center each year.
Over 2,000 families are served by the Handmaid community in Athens, Georgia.
Ancillae-Assumpta Academy was established in 1946 and is the only Handmaid school in the United States.
Keep up to date with the happenings of the Handmaids and their ministries.