Handmaids were erected in 1989 as a Public Association of the
Faithful in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles with the view of
becoming a Religious Institute. The Founder of the Charism and
Spirituality is Fr. Luke Zimmer. The Co-foundresses are Sr. Mary
Rose Chinn and Sr. Mary Joseph Mei.
The Handmaids are a
Religious Community of consecrated women whose charism is to
bring to fruition Jesus' prayer for unity at the Last Supper;
and whose spirituality is to live the Family Life of the Blessed
Trinity as reflected in the Holy Family. They live a consecrated
apostolic life, professing vows of evangelical chastity,
poverty, obedience and charity. Their apostolate is to live and
share this charism and spirituality in union with the Church
expressed in catechesis and evangelization. It is directed
towards building up the parish family, helping each person to
become a living prayer of unity, a saint (Jesus for and to
others), by living Jesus' Way of Life.
As to specific
entrance requirements, though the age limit is 18-33, each
person's vocation is individually evaluated.