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In Memory of Sister Maxine Peppenhorst, PHJC

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 00:00

Sister Maxine Peppenhorst, PHJC, formerly known as Sister Alicia, passed away November 18, 2015 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. Sister Maxine's gentle joyful spirit touched the hearts of her Sisters and the staff at Catherine Kasper Home. She will be remembered for her nightly blessings for each resident as she walked from room to room at Catherine Kasper Home (CKH). 

She was frequently heard by CKH staff and residents saying, “God has been very good to me,” and she shared God’s love with everyone she met. She expressed on several occasions that her greatest blessing and her greatest gift from God was her religious life – being a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ.

Sister Maxine was born to Edward and Frances (Kannall) Peppenhorst in Beckemeyer, Illinois in 1918. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1939. 

Sister Maxine taught at numerous schools and was also sacristan for several parishes. In Indiana she ministered at St. Monica, Mishawaka; St. Mary East Chicago; St. Bavo, Mishawaka; and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond.

 

In Illinois she served at St. Mary, Trenton; St. John, Quincy; St. Augustine, Chicago; St. Boniface, Germantown; and St. Anthony, Beckemeyer. She was always delighted to witness the improvement that the students made in their education and in their spiritual and physical growth during a school year. 

 

She retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2000.

 

May she rest in peace! 

 

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

 

VISITATION

Monday, November 23, 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

 

MASS OF RESURRECTION

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 11:15 a.m. EST

Catherine Kasper Home Chapel

Donaldson, IN

In Memory of Sister Kathleen Morrissey, PHJC

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 00:00

Sister Kathleen Morrissey, PHJC, passed away November 17, 2015 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. Sister Kathleen was a caring person devoted to those around her - the children she taught, the elderly she cared for, and the PHJC community. In her jubilee reflection she wrote, “As the oldest girl in family of 12, I learned to see what had to be done and accept responsibility with ease.”

 

She was born Joanne Morrissey to Emmet and Marion (Groener) Morrissey in Chicago, Illinois in 1936. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on July 15, 1956.

 

Sister Kathleen began teaching in 1956 and taught at various schools in Indiana including Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond; St. Bavo, Mishawaka; Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne; Ancilla Domini High School and Ancilla Domini College, Donaldson.  In Illinois, Sr. Kathleen taught at Mater Dei High School, Belleville and St. Henry in Chicago.  

 

In 1992 she changed focus from students to the elderly. She ministered at Miller’s Merry Manor, Walkerton, Indiana; Meredith Memorial Home, Belleville; and as Director and volunteer at Maria Center, Donaldson.  Sister Kathleen then served the PHJC Community as the Business Office Director/Comptroller, as a Sister companion, and a proofreader for the PHJC Communications Office. 

 

She retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2013. 

 

May she rest in peace! 

 

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

 

VISITATION

Sunday, November 22, 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

 

MASS OF RESURRECTION

Monday, November 23, 2015 at 11:15 a.m. EST

Catherine Kasper Home Chapel

Donaldson, IN

 

Linden House Chicago 2015 CAMME Award Winner

Monday, 16 November 2015 00:00

Linden House of Chicago, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, won the CAMME Award in the category of “Amenities within an affordable housing property” on Thursday November 5, 2015 at a ceremony at Navy Pier. 

 

CAMME, an acronym for Chicagoland Apartment Marketing and Management Excellence, are awards given annually in categories such as Property Excellence, Curb Appeal, Renovation, Social Media, and Marketing/Advertising. 

 

The CAMME recognizes excellence in the multi-family housing industry. The Chicago Apartment Association awards them.  Congratulations Linden House of Chicago.

 

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! 

 

VISITATION

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

 

MASS OF RESURRECTION

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.

 

 

In Memory of Sister Teresa Schleper, PHJC

Thursday, 12 November 2015 00:00

Sister Teresa Schleper, PHJC, passed away November 11, 2015, at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born Rita Schleper to Henry and Catherine (Rakers) Schleper in Trenton, Illinois in 1927. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 26, 1948.

 

Sister Teresa is survived by one sister, Sister Georgine Schleper, PHJC, one brother, Albert Schleper, a niece, Sister Loretta Schleper PHJC and several nieces and nephews.

 

Sister Teresa served the majority of her life working in food service - cooking, baking and supervising.  She loved to cook and bake and created a cookbook with treasured recipes for family and friends. She delighted people with her cooking while serving at St. Elizabeth and St. Anne Hospitals in Chicago; St. Patrick’s Convent, Arcola, Indiana; Convent Ancilla Domini, Donaldson; St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne; Paynesville Community Hospital, Richmond, Minnesota; and she served 19 years at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, Indiana where she also volunteered in registration and administration. 

 

Sister Teresa retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2002 where she enjoyed working on sewing projects and quilts and was known especially for her aromatherapy heating pads.

 

May she rest in peace!

  

VISITATION

Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 4:30-8:00 p.m. EST

Catherine Kasper Home

Donaldson, IN

Welcoming her body:  4:30 p.m. EST

Evensong:  7:00 p.m. EST

 

MASS OF RESURRECTION

Monday, November 16, 2015 at 11:15 a.m. EST

Catherine Kasper Home 

Donaldson, IN

 

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

Here We Grow Again!

Monday, 05 October 2015 00:00

Ancilla’s Board of Trustees voted Monday, Sept. 28, to build a second residence hall.

The decision comes on the tail of a very successful first hall, booked beyond capacity for the 2015-16 year. The two-year college’s president Dr. Ken Zirkle noted the first hall, with 96 beds, was built for freshmen only and they will need a place to live next year. “At this time last year there was question as to whether or not the decision would go in favor of building a residence hall. This year, the board was quick to come to a unanimous decision,” he said.

Vice President of Mission Integration, Sr. Jolise May said, “The decision by the board to build the first residence hall was one wrought with a mixture of excitement, challenge, unanswered questions and trepidation.”  The plan was given a green light last year and the hall filled beyond capacity before the school year even started.  May said, “In the movie Field of Dreams the Iowa farmer says, ‘Build it and they will come.’ Ancilla built its first dorm and, yes, they came.” The board’s unanimous decision to build the second residence hall at Ancilla echoed those same feelings, but with a more confident leap of faith. They will come because we have not only living accommodations for those who come from distances, but because Ancilla is willing to invest in the lives of its students. Ancilla is truly a ‘We Believe in You’ opportunity college.”

The building of a residence hall was a top priority on President Zirkle’s agenda when he stepped into office last year, but he takes very little of the credit. “The credit really belongs to the faculty and staff here at Ancilla who have worked hard to make this school one that students want to come to.” To take a peek inside the existing building, visit the Ancilla College page here

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 associate degrees and 14 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

Associating News Fall 2015

Friday, 11 September 2015 00:00

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Companions on the Journey Retreat 2015
  • Gathering XII - Dreaming Through the Spirit
  • Welcome Our New Associates
  • In Memory of Our Associates and Sisters
  • Celebrating Our 2015 Associate Anniversaries
  • Upcoming MoonTree Experiences
  • John XXIII Retreat Center Events
  • Volunteer Opportunity
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recommitment 2015
  • Coming Home Chicago Dates and Events

In Memory of Sister Barbara Kober, PHJC

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 00:00

Sister Barbara Kober, PHJC, formerly known as Sr. Georgeann, passed away September 7, 2015, at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to George and Ann (Wagner) Kober in Chicago, Illinois on May 26, 1936. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on July 16, 1957.

 

Sister Barbara began teaching elementary school in 1957 at St. John School in Quincy, Illinois.  She continued to teach until 1975 and served at St. Monica, Mishawaka and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond in Indiana; and St. Boniface, Edwardsville, Illinois.  

 

She then began serving as a Parish Minister at St. Ansgar, Hanover Park; St. Ann, Lansing; Notre Dame of Chicago and in Macon and Stonington, Illinois.  She also served at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond and St. Benedict Terre Haute in Indiana.

 

Sister Barbara explains her service in Mexico, “In 1988, the Poor Handmaids answered the Holy Spirit’s call to reach out to the Third World countries.  In 1994 I volunteered to serve our mission in Coatzacoalcos, Vera Cruz, Mexico.  I drove our new truck for our Comedor (children’s food program).  I also taught English to adults and college students.” When she returned to the States, Sister Barbara taught English as a second language in Plymouth, Indiana.”

 

Sister Barbara lived at the Catherine Kasper Home.

 

May she rest in peace! 

 

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