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On October 13, 2013, hundreds of guests came to The Center at Donaldson to celebrate the Poor Handmaids' 90th year in Donaldson.  Guests were treated to an ice cream social at Catherine Kasper Home and popcorn and lemonade in Cana Hall while they perused the ministries’ displays or watched a slide show of pictures from the past 90 years.

Tours of the ministries and the beautiful chapel were available, as well as an opportunity to step back in time to rooms decorated with items used many years ago. Dressed in the original PHJC habit, Sisters Sharon Marie Fox and Rosemary Jung explained the antique items that were on display.  A time line of pictures lined the wall to Cana Hall.  Many people spent time looking at and reading about the Poor Handmaids and their ministries.  A video played showing how Poor Handmaids have reused and re-purposed items or rooms in their Motherhouse throughout the years. 

It was a beautiful fall day in Donaldson.  Guests strolled the grounds, sat and visited, and enjoyed their time at The Center.  Mr. Ed Savage, a Maria Center resident, won the raffled basket of items donated by all the ministries.

Sister Henrietta Okeke, PHJC professed perpetual vows in the Congregation of Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Poor Handmaid Sisters, Associate Community members, Fiat Spiritus Community members, family and friends attended the Mass and dinner in celebration of her commitment to God.  Sister Henrietta is a Poor Handmaid Nigerian Sister currently living and completing her studies at Bethel College in the United States.

Sister Judith Diltz, PHJC Provincial of the American Province had the honor of serving as the primary witness and representative of the congregation.  With prayerful joy Sister Henrietta professed her vows of obedience, chastity and poverty.  She asked for the deepening of God’s love, the support of the Church, and, as a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ, to continue in the spirit of Blessed Catherine Kasper to respond to the needs of the day for the remainder of her life. 

Sister Judith Diltz responded, “We confirm that you, Sister Henrietta, are now one with us as members of this religious congregation of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, sharing all things in common with us for the future.” With that, Sister Henrietta received a standing ovation. 

Father John Zemelko, Father Mark Enemali, CSSp and Father John Eze were concelebrants at Mass. 

Congratulation Sister Henrietta!

Our vocation shows us . . . the path we should tread in the new year, namely to seek our loving God in greater perfection, to serve and to love Him more perfectly from one day to the next, from one week to the next, and from one month to the next.

-Blessed Catherine Kasper - Newsletter, December 1884

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ invite the public to join them in celebrating 90 years in Donaldson. The event will be Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (EDT) at The Center at Donaldson, 9601 Union Road, Donaldson, IN.

Learn about the Poor Handmaids in Donaldson and the impact the congregation has made during its 90 years in Marshall County. There will be room displays depicting life in 1923 at Convent Ancilla Domini. Guided tours will be available at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, Ancilla College, MoonTree Studios, the award-winning Catherine Kasper Home and Maria Center as well as in the beautiful Gothic chapel. An old-fashioned ice cream social will be enjoyed at Catherine Kasper Home.

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ congregation was founded in 1851 in Germany. Convent Ancilla Domini was built in 1923 to serve as the Motherhouse of the PHJC American Province. Currently, Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ minister throughout the world.

Please join us for this interesting journey through time. For more information, please call (574) 936-9936.

This construction photo, taken in 1923, is of the front door entrance to the future Motherhouse for the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ in Donaldson.

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, through the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, formed Catherine Kasper Place at a critical time to respond to a crucial need in the refugee community in Fort Wayne. There was an unusually large influx of refugees over a short time period, many of whom were ill-equipped to deal with the realities of living in the United States.

The formation of Catherine Kasper Place was an extension of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ’s ongoing ministries to the poor and underserved in Fort Wayne and Allen County. Catherine Kasper Place served as a catalyst in Fort Wayne, bringing attention to the plight of the Burmese refugees and providing programs, services and opportunities that advance the integration of immigrants, refugees and political asylees into the community.

As time went on, other organizations recognized the needs of this community and responded as well, until in 2012 the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation recognized the likelihood of duplication of services. True North Strategic Advisors, LLC was engaged to strategically assess the role Catherine Kasper Place played in providing service and determine the ongoing need for those services.

The strategic assessment led to the following conclusions:

1.  There is a duplication of services with over thirty social service
     organizations providing programs targeting the refugee population.

2.  Influx of refugees slowed and the breadth of need by refugees lessened
     as they began integration into the community.

2.  The cost of Catherine Kasper Place providing services was not the
     optimal use of Poor Handmaid resources.

 

As a result of careful study and prayerful reflection, it has been determined that certain programs of Catherine Kasper Place will be discontinued. Other Catherine Kasper Place programs are being transitioned to community partners better positioned to address the needs, and the health related programs are being examined for transition to the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation to operate.

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ have ministered in Fort Wayne since 1868, responding to the needs of the vulnerable populations with emphasis on Community, Simplicity, Openness to the Spirit, and Dignity and Respect for all. They will continue to provide services to the poor and underserved in Fort Wayne through the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Health Visions Fort Wayne.

Catherine Kasper Life Center (CKLC) received the Excellence in Action award from My InnerView by National Research Corporation. This honor recognizes long-term care and senior living facilities that achieve the highest levels of satisfaction excellence, as demonstrated by overall resident or employee satisfaction scores that fall within the top 10 percent of the My InnerView product database.

 

The Excellence in Action awards are presented exclusively to National Research clients who use My InnerView products. Qualifying nursing homes, in addition to assisted living and independent living communities (over 8,500), must have completed a customer satisfaction survey in 2012. Winners must have also achieved a minimum of 10 responses with a minimum 30 percent response rate and scored in the top 10 percent of qualifying facilities on the question “What is your recommendation of this facility to others” in terms of the percentage of respondents rating the facility as “excellent.”

Catherine Kasper Life Center, a ministry sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, is a faith-based Continuing Care Retirement Community comprised of Maria Center, apartments for senior independent living with some supportive services; and the Catherine Kasper Home, a licensed skilled nursing facility with all private rooms providing short-term rehabilitation, long-term nursing care and a memory care unit. It provides comfort, dignity and well-being as residents continue on their journey of life.

James Schmidt, the Executive Director of CKLC shares, “It is very humbling, but also quite an honor to be nationally recognized for the care we provide. Our staff works diligently in applying our mission of dignity, respect and servant leadership while we care for our senior population. To get recognized by the people that we serve means a lot to the Catherine Kasper Life Center.

Catherine Kasper Life Center is one of just four Indiana skilled nursing facilities that received the Customer Excellence in Action award. This is the second year that it has earned this national award. For more information about Catherine Kasper Life Center call 574-935-1742 or visit www.cklc.poorhandmaids.org

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2013 Drawing Winners

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 00:00

Did you win?

On September 18 our annual PHJC Prize and Cash Drawing was held.

The raffle supports medically compromised children in East Chicago, IN; the hungry in Cairo, IL; Ancilla College students in Donaldson, IN; homeless in Gary and the poor and underserved in Mexico and Kenya as well as other PHJC ministries.

 

Prizes included homemade quilts and afghans, cooking grills, a weekend get-away, a camera and many many more items.

Below is the list of our lucky winners. Thank you to all who support the PHJC ministries through our raffle.

 


 

Drawing Winners

  • Mr. & Mrs. Tony Ernst - Quilt
  • Margaret Beck - Weber Grill
  • Kathy Peceniak - Afghan
  • Norma Steiner - Dirt Devil Sweeper
  • William Fortin - Quilt
  • Mike/Sue Callahan - Anthony Acres Weekend
  • Howard & Diane Ludwig - Afghan
  • Patricia Wagner - Sunbeam Pkg.
  • Vera Pulver - Quilt
  • Mary Mankowski - GPS
  • Sr. Helen Watkins - Afghan
  • Tom Sibal - Cookware/Knives
  • Julie Cowen - Quilt
  • Theresa Colella - Haviland China
  • Jim & Mary Ann Wells - Afghan
  • Donna Koehler - Double Slow Cooker Buffet and Belgium Waffle Iron
  • Peggy Hiss - Mr. Coffee Pkg.
  • Ed Kean - Two piece cookware
  • Cathy Filetti - Afghan
  • Dale & Judy Gall - Memorial Brick in Prayer Garden
  • John Haselhorst - Afghan
  • Kelsey Cordell - Barbecue in a Box
  • Kay Wiseman - Chocolate Fountain
  • Marilyn Staub - Select Metro Grill
  • Donna Grzych - Flair Sweeper
  • Marie Jacobs - Afghan
  • Barbara Carcione - Vera Bradley Bag/gift cards
  • Donna Grzych - “Peanuts” Blanket/Pillows/children’s books
  • Marie Jacobs - Dinnerware/glasses/flatware
  • R.J. Kuper - Dinnerware/glasses/flatware
  • Cecelia Pankowski - Thanksgiving platter, knives, broiler
  • Mary Haas - Double Kick Skate Board
  • Rena Haake - Ministry Center Basket
  • Jane Callen - Q Beam Emergency Spotlight
  • May Crider - Glassware Set
  • Carolyn Pataky - $150 Certificate for Pampered Chef
  • Lillian Swift - Afghan
  • Mary Slack - Celebrate Christmas Pack
  • Theresa Rybicki - Night at the Movies Basket
  • Janet Hatfield - Samsung Galaxy Tablet 3
  • Beth Amick - Canon Digital Camera
  • Linda Rudolphi - Quilt
  • Dan Haselhorst - Pair of Crafted Sailboats--Pictures
  • Kim O’Brien - Chiminea
  • Joan Voss - Nolan Miller Heart Necklace
  • Fr. S.E. Colchin - Sunbeam Cookware Set
  • J. Costanza - Outdoor Dining Canopy
  • David Schmitz - Afghan

 


 

Monetary Prizes

  • Joanne Ortman
  • Beverly Glass
  • Lorraine Trivilian
  • Tammy Chapman
  • Ann Munoz
  • Richard Helfrich
  • Mr & Mrs Ed Krcmaric
  • Rodger Rang
  • Lonna Hollis
  • James Milcarek

Just a few of the prizes won by lucky raffle winners

Word Gathering (Fall 2013)

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 00:00
    In this issue
  • A Letter from the Editor
  • 11th Annual Nazareth Home Gala: Come… Dine… Celebrate 20 Years of Miracles!
  • Fiat Spiritus Community Celebrates the Vows of a New Member
  • The Sisters, Their “Children” and Meaningful Years: Looking Back at Angel Guardian Orphanage
  • An Update from Casa Catalina de Mexico
  • Photo Gallery: Formation in Mexico
  • Reflections on Rome and Dernbach Journey
  • A Great Success! The 14th Annual Walk for Sojourner Truth House
  • “I came back to say thank you…”
  • Students Work to Support Boys in Kenya and Form Bond with a Special Sister
  • Sister Michelle Dermody Supports Operation Quiet Comfort
  • SJCHF: A Look at the Super Shot Program
  • Respecting, Preserving and Protecting All of Creation
  • In Memory of Our Sister and Associates
  • “We Let the Poor Evangelize Us…”
  • 2013 Word Gathering Survey
  • An Exciting Update – New Foster Mother

Welcome Week Invites Students to Get Involved

Friday, 13 September 2013 00:00

Ancilla College hosted a fall Welcome Week for students, faculty, and staff. The event took place September 10-12 at the college.

Over 400 students, faculty, and staff enjoyed games, free food, and prize drawings. Information tables about student activities, local vendors, and more were available for attendees to peruse. Activities began at 11:30 a.m. and continued until 2 p.m. daily.

Welcome Week photo“We’re really excited about the new school year. We had a great turn out and students were able to connect again, or for the first time, after the summer break,” said Eric Wignall, Interim Executive Director of Admissions at Ancilla College. 

Vendors, who provided support for the event, had information tables, as well as prizes, included Ace Fitness, Bowen Center, Fitness Forum, and Plymouth Wal-Mart Vision Center.

In addition, students won a wide range of prizes from the drawings. Local donations included gift cards from Applebee’s, Christos, Five Star, Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, Papa John’s, Symphony Restaurant, Wal-Mart, and Wings Etc. Papa John’s also donated pizzas for Wednesday and water was donated by Walgreens and the Plymouth branch of Culligan.

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