Current Events

Current Events

Sr. Joellen speaking during the PHJC Community Days 2012

Recently, Sister Joellen Tumas, the Director of Casa Catalina Basic Needs Center was recognized by AARP for her hard work in the fight against hunger. She received an award of $2500.00 for the ministry to use toward food and nutrition classes. Recognizing the need in Chicago’s Back of the Yard’s neighborhood, she started the program that has grown to provide assistance to 350 households each week.

Sister Kate Kuenstler in her Rhode Island office

On Sunday, September 30, 2012 Sister Kate Kuenstler will be honored with the Trivision Award given by FutureChurch in Cleveland. The Award is given in recognition of outstanding leadership in advancing the FutureChurch mission and vision.

Poetry Reading and Awards Reception

Monday, 20 August 2012 11:02
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WHEN: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (EDT)

WHERE: Evergreen Room; Lindenwood Retreat & Conference Center

PHJC Ministry Center Donaldson, Indiana

News from Sojourner Truth House

Monday, 20 August 2012 09:10
Merrillville Curves donates to Sojourner Truth House

Merrillville Curves donates to Sojourner Truth House

While the Merrillville Curves is a workout facility to train and strengthen each woman who enrolls there, it has also reached out to help the homeless and at-risk women of Sojourner Truth House in Gary. “In a multi-faceted charitable effort,” said Merrillville Curves Owner Pamela Keith, “an annual food drive became a contest for the Curves members who brought in the most donated food, resulting in more than 1,300 pounds of food.”

In recognition, Curves International presented a $500 check to the Merrillville facility to give to its charity of choice. In the spirit of women helping women, Sojourner Truth House was selected. Additionally, Merrillville Curves members shopped for an estimated 250 pounds of personal items and school supplies that were delivered recently to Sojourner Truth House Executive Director Sr. Peg Spindler, CSA.

liturgical musician, Karen Schneider Kirner

Karen Schneider Kirner will perform in the Ancilla Domini Chapel at the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Ministry Center on Sunday September 9, 2012. The free concert will begin at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

Karen Schneider Kirner is on the staff of Campus Ministry, University of Notre Dame, as a liturgical musician. She directs the Notre Dame Celebration and Handbell Choirs and serves as Associate Director/Accompanist of the Notre Dame Folk Choir. She is also an assistant organist at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Visiting the greenhouses that provides fresh food for the Ministry Center | Photo by Cecily Fultz

The staff and faculty of St. Thomas the Apostle School (STA) in Chicago held a spiritual retreat at the PHJC Ministry Center. Cecily Fultz the Marketing and Development Director for the school writes, “STA educators attend spiritual retreats that provide nourishment for their souls. Our teachers and staff were fortunate to spend one of the last days of school with the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.”

“We are God’s hands”  the groups motto, says it all.

Thirteen young adults from the St. Michael’s High School Youth Group participated in a service project at the PHJC Ministry Center on July 1.

This is the fourth year that the Youth Group participated in a mission trip to help others. However, this year was a little different. Instead of traveling to another state, they decided to find local projects. The PHJC Ministry Center was a lucky recipient of their service. The group cleaned and scrubbed statues and benches to remove years of dirt.

As they cleaned the statues of saints, Sister Linda Volk, PHJC and Sister Roberta Christianson, PHJC talked about the saint and provided history on each of the statues.

Congratulations to our Jubilarians

Tuesday, 03 July 2012 12:09
2012 Jubilarians

On Sunday, June 17th, Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ gathered in Donaldson, Indiana to honor the 2012 jubilarians. Eight Sisters celebrated special anniversaries as Poor Handmaids.