In Memory of Sister Julienne Smith, PHJC

Friday, 13 November 2015 00:00

Sister Julienne Smith, PHJC, passed away November 12, 2015, at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born Ardella Smith to Romer and Monica (Sorg) Smith in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1923. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1943.


Sister Julienne began teaching in Illinois in 1943 at St. Mary School in Belleville. She also served at Angel Guardian Orphanage in Chicago and St. Boniface School in Edwardsville. She then returned to Indiana to be Dean of Girls and teacher at Ancilla Domini High School in Donaldson where she had attended high school years before. In a recent reflection she writes, “My early experiences in high school and living in community have always made me feel that I was called to this life at a young age and I never doubted God’s call.  Prayer continues to be the binding force in my life and I am grateful for the opportunity for daily Mass and prayers with the community.” 


In 1969 Sister Julienne became the vocation director for the Poor Handmaids and then superior and administrator at Convent Ancilla Domini. In 1980 she returned to teaching and was principal at St. Ann School in Monterey, Indiana and later principal at St. Henry School in Chicago. 


For the next 21 years Sister Julienne volunteered at St. Joseph Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana were she loved to interact with patients, visitors and co-workers. She retired to Catherine’s Cottage in Donaldson in 2013 and recently moved to the Catherine Kasper Home.  


May she rest in peace! 



Monday, November 16, 2015 from 4:30-8:00 p.m. EST

Catherine Kasper Home Chapel

Donaldson, IN

Welcoming her body:  4:30 p.m. EST

Evensong:  7:00 p.m. EST



Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 11:15 a.m. EST

Ancilla Domini Chapel

Donaldson, IN


Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, IN 46513.



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