Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus

The Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus, a young and flourishing religious community, have sent some of their sisters to serve at our parish and at Holy Family in St. Louis Park. They are currently living in the rectory at our St. Joseph Campus, while remodeling our convent building and working in both parishes. 

The Handmaids community was founded in New Ulm 13 years ago. Their charism is "to live in imitation of Mary as handmaid, virgin, bride and mother in the diocesan life of the Church, carrying out the New Evangelization in parishes."

Sr. Anna & Sr. Margaret Joy have been assigned to work full-time at St. Gabriel's. Sr. Mary Pieta & Sr. Mary Elizabeth have been assigned to work at Holy Family.

Help the Handmaids in Hopkins

Helpful Items to Donate, Updated 1/15/21


Fresh Vegetables

Convent Work Days

Help the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus renovate St. Gabriel’s convent. Below is a list of work weekends. Work times will be Fridays 5:30-8:30pm & Saturdays 9am-3pm. There will be snacks on Friday and sack lunches on Saturday. In order to keep the number of people limited (for COVID-19 requirements), please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448afaa2da31-handmaids


Work Weekends:

Feb 5-6

Mar 5-6*

April 9-10

May 7-8*

Construction Help: 

Sheetrocking, framing walls, mudding, taping, installing floors & doors.

Food Help:

¨ Snacks & water for volunteers.

¨ Sack lunches for volunteers on Saturdays (25 people).

¨ Provide dinner for 10-12 sisters on any of the days listed.

*Starred weekends are St. Gabriel’s turn to provide food.

Thank you to the volunteers who provide food, time & monetary donations. If you have questions about food donations, or could help with dinner, call Harriet: 952-935-3716.

Monetary donations can be sent to the parish office, 6 Interlachen Rd, Hopkins, Attention: Lori, with Food/Sisters’ Work Weekend in the memo.

Donate to the Handmaids

Our Online Giving program now includes being able to make donations to the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus. It is located under the “Gifts to Others” section. You can make a one-time gift or a recurring gift. These donations will go directly to the Handmaids to support their needs. Click the "Make a Donation" button below to make an online gift to the Handmaids.