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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.

Word Gathering (Fall 2015)

Thursday, 03 September 2015 00:00

IN THIS ISSUE…

  • A True Blessing for The Linden Houses
  • Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ – Leaving a Legacy
  • 16th Annual Walk for STH – A Great Success!
  • Children’s Summer Music Camp
  • The Vision of Outward Bound Ministry
  • Casa Catalina Celebrates Tenth Anniversary
  • Exciting Turnout for Ancilla College Residence Hall Blessing Ceremony
  • Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Initiative
  • AGO Alumna Sees Home and Family Everywhere
  • Celebrating Family Day
  • New Endeavors and Delights at MoonTree Festival
  • Mexico Happenings
  • Igniting Passion for Creativity: MoonTree Studios
  • Maria Center Residents Enjoy Greehouses’ Summer Bounty
  • REAL Services Age of Excellence Award Recipients
  • Make a Difference
  • In Memory of Our Sisters
  • 2015 Nazareth Home Gala Information
  • Coming Home to Chicago – Schedule of Events

Congratulations to HealthVision Fort Wayne! On August 26, 2015 Indiana State Representative Phil GiaQuinta presented a Proclamation to HealthVisions Fort Wayne thanking it for its service to the State of Indiana.  

 

HealthVisions Fort Wayne, part of HealthVisions Midwest, is a community-based health improvement organization. HealthVisions Fort Wayne is committed to building stronger neighborhoods to ensure a healthier future in Fort Wayne by partnering with others to help the community reduce health disparities. 

 

To learn more about HealthVision Midwest visit www.hvusa.org

 

HealthVisions Midwest, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, was established after the sale of St. Joseph Hospital as a commitment from the Poor Handmaids to Fort Wayne to continue the healing mission of Jesus. 

 

Sister Kenneth Scheibal, PHJC, passed away August 10, 2015, at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to Joseph and Christine (Kriger) Scheibal in Glen Carbon, Illinois on September 28, 1927. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1950.

Sister Kenneth began a career in education in 1950.  For the next 38 years she served as a teacher and/or principal at schools in Indiana including St. Ann, Black Oak; St. Joseph and St. Monica, Mishawaka; Holy Spirit, Fort Wayne; and St. Catherine of Siena, Hammond. 

In Illinois, Sister Kenneth taught at St. John Orphanage, Belleville; Angel Guardian Orphanage, Chicago; St. Boniface, Germantown; St. John, Quincy; St. Mary and St. Boniface, Edwardsville; St. Anthony, Beckemeyer; St. Joseph and St. Augustine, Chicago; and Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School, East St. Louis. Following her education ministry, she provided child care, ministry to the homebound, and pastoral care. Sister Kenneth believed it was a privilege to have taught thousands of children over the years.  

Sister Kenneth lived at 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.