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Little Boy Blue - Part One

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 00:00

Jim Merriman, a retired detective/police officer who resides in Michigan, spent many years as a young boy at Angel Guardian Orphanage in Chicago. He sat down one day to write a letter to his children about his unusual childhood. The end result became a detailed account of his struggles and triumphs, acknowledging Sister Lucy Megaro, PHJC, and others who have played key roles in his life. Printed here are edited excerpts of Jim’s story, called “Little Boy Blue.” 
PHJC Curator Jane Bomberger contributed to this story.

He sat before me, a man who could approach an elderly gentleman in his driveway, rob him, tie him up, put him in the trunk, and then drive around Niles, Michigan, stopping once to let the old man urinate, all the while listening to the man plead, “Don’t hurt me. I’m doing everything you ask.” Finally, he drove to an isolated area, doused the vehicle with gasoline, opened the trunk and doused the terrified man, tossed a match, and walked away with his girlfriend while the screams came from the trunk of the burning car.

“Why?” I asked him. He replied, “I had a tough bringing-up. My mother left; my father was a drunk.”

As my head spun, I pondered once again why I’m sitting on one side of the desk, a career police officer and detective, while he sits on the other side, soon to be convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.

Word Gathering (Spring 2014)

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

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IN THIS ISSUE…

  • A Letter from the Editor
  • Bethany Retreat House – Drawing [on] Dreams
  • Choosing Ancilla College
  • This & That
  • Associate Ripples: “I want some of that.”
  • Poor Handmaids Coming Home to Southern Illinois
  • “Coming Home” Schedule of Events
  • “Coming Home” Registration Form
  • Understanding Generational Differences / Preparing for Change
  • “Little Boy Blue” – Part Two
  • A Photo Update from Mexico
  • Construction Progress in Mexico
  • An Exciting Update from The Linden Houses
  • An Update from Bethany Retreat House
  • Back to Our Roots – A New Future
  • Touching Lives Around the World
  • Fiat Spiritus Community in Germany
  • Partnering Creates Opportunities for Refugees
  • In Memory of Our Sisters

Ancilla College has received a gift in the amount of $1,002,732 from emeritus trustee, Jim Hardesty. The gift came in response to a recently announced $875,000 matching gift opportunity from an anonymous donor.

“We are truly humbled, as well as very excited to be the beneficiary of Jim’s generosity,” said Ron May, President of Ancilla College. “Jim’s life has been about giving to help others and this gift is just another example of his investment in our community that will help to change the lives of students and their families.”

In making the gift to Ancilla, Hardesty stated, “I believe in the work of Ancilla College and the impact it is having on students from the area that attend there. It is my pleasure to help the College in this way. I encourage others to step up and take advantage of the matching gift opportunity.”

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu) is a Catholic, liberal arts, Associate’s Degree college in Donaldson, Indiana, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

Associating (Spring 2014)

Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00

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In this issue:

  • Thoughts on Association
  • Meet the New Core Team Leaders for East One and West Regions
  • Poor Handmaids Coming Home to Southern Illinois
  • Companions on the Journey and Associate Anniversary Celebration
  • Calling all Associates! Contribute to the Catherine Kasper "Oscar" Nominations
  • In Memory of Our Sisters
  • Upcoming MoonTree Studio Events
  • John XXIII Retreat Center Retreats and Activities
  • Lindenwood Retreat Offerings
  • Directory Updates

 

National Catholic Sisters Week

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 11:17

The Hilton Foundation Initiative on Catholic Sisters is sponsoring the first National Catholic Sisters Week on March 8-14, 2104, as part of National Women’s History Month.

Countless institutions across the country – hospitals, schools, churches – would not have come into being or remained in operation were it not for the blood, sweat and prayers of Catholic Sisters. This March the Sisters are recognized for their widespread contributions!

A special kickoff to the week is being held on March 7-9 at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. The weekend will bring together college-age women and women religious:



  • to talk about religious life and the manifold contributions of women religious 

  • to discuss effective uses of social media to increase conversation among young women about religious life

  • as well as to establish a strong network of college-age women, women religious and others who see value in these kind of sustained conversations.




Another important feature of this weekend will be discussions about grant-funded opportunities for college-age women to engage in a professionally developed oral history project across the United States. Sister Marybeth Martin, PHJC and Amanda Amstutz will be representing the PHJCs at this event. Amanda attends Ancilla College and has volunteered at Poor Handmaids ministries. Please join us in praying that this will be an enriching and worthwhile experience for all those who attend. For more information, visit https://www2.stkate.edu/ncsw/home or https://www.facebook.com/NationalCatholicSistersWeek

 

Sister Mary Jane Sloderbeck, PHJC, formerly known as Sister Irene, passed away on February 17, 2014 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to Elijah and Anna (Riplinger) Sloderbeck in Marion, Indiana on June 22, 1926. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1947.

Ancilla College graduated its 47th class in school history on Saturday, May 3, at the Ancilla Domini Chapel. The College awarded 78 students their degrees.

“Commencement is a special moment in the life of any college or university,” said Ancilla College President Dr. Ron May. “It is a time of recognizing the great efforts of the graduates in the completion of degrees. It also is a new beginning for each of those graduates whether they plan to transfer on to a senior college to complete a bachelor’s degree or go directly into the world of work. It is a time of joy for the graduates and their families. It is, similarly, a moment of joy for the faculty and staff who assisted the graduates on the way to earning a degree.”

Joan Haugh, Executive Director of Community Services of Starke County, was on hand to deliver the commencement address. “We are especially grateful to Mrs. Joan Haugh for delivering the commencement address this year. Mrs. Haugh is the quintessential example of how to live one’s life in service to others,” said May. A reception organized by the Ancilla Alumni Association followed, as Ancilla faculty, staff, students, and their families gathered in Cana Hall for fellowship and refreshments.

“Commencement at Ancilla College is such an exciting time,” said Dr. Joanna Blount, Dean of Academic and Student Services. “It is a celebration and culmination of hard work by students and faculty. Marching across the stage, changing the tassel from right to left – these are signs of achievement and, for some, the fulfillment of a dream that students did not expect to accomplish. We see the ways in which our students grew and flourished with the individual attention they receive from faculty and staff and know that we have shaped the lives of our students, that we have started them on a journey that will last a lifetime.”

An Honors Convocation was also held on Friday, May 2, at the Ancilla Domini Chapel, as outstanding students were honored for their achievements. Of the 78 graduates, 17 received recognition for graduating Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude.

Another 22 were honored for their affiliation with Ancilla’s Beta Beta Beta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college honor society in American higher education. 23 were honored with being named among Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Receiving special honors were:Amanda Amstutz, Fort Wayne, (Scholar of Distinction), Jalon Linville, Louisville, KY, (Outstanding Male Scholar-Athlete), Mieka Wagner, Evansville, (Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete), Mariah Adams, Plymouth and Ramon Blancovargas, Plymouth, (Outstanding Portfolio Award), Amanda Amstutz and Joe McCrammer, Plymouth, (All-Indiana Academic Team), Mariah Adams and Lynndie Mitchell, Plymouth, (Behavioral Sciences Award), Rachel Hansen, Dorset, OH, (Liberal Studies Award), Mieka Wagner (Science, Mathematics, and IT Award), Rashell Beron, Knox, (English Award), Ashley Cooke, Grovertown, (Nursing Award), Daniel Seago, North Judson and Desiree Narkawicz, North Liberty (Business Administration Award) and Jill Gavlick, Culver, (Religion and Philosophy Award).

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu) is a Catholic, liberal arts, Associate’s Degree college in Donaldson, Indiana, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

A New Focus For Bethany Retreat House

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 00:00

Poor Handmaids are known for listening to the needs and responding in a courageous way. Sometimes this means opening or closing new ministries, or changing the focus of a ministry.

Sister Joyce Diltz, PHJC, Director of Bethany Retreat House in East Chicago, Indiana, listened to the Spirit in 1992 when she began providing silent retreat space at Bethany Retreat House. Along with day and overnight silent retreats and ongoing spiritual direction, over the years, Bethany added various workshops and reflection groups to its offerings, and has discontinued others.