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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.

In Memory of Sister Alice Kunkel, PHJC

Monday, 10 August 2015 00:00

Sister Alice Kunkel, PHJC, passed away August 8, 2015, at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to John and Elizabeth (Rolfers) Kunkel in Carlyle, Illinois on July 27, 1921. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1947.

Sister Alice served 18 years as a teacher at St. Joseph, Fort Wayne; St. Bavo and St. Joseph Mishawaka, Indiana and at St. Boniface, Edwardsville and St. Mary, Carlyle, Illinois.  For the next 36 years she ministered in the business office at Convent Ancilla Domini and then served the PHJC Community as a volunteer.  

In reflection on her ministries, Sister Alice said, “After years of teaching, I came to the Motherhouse to work in the Business Office with Sister Symphoria and Sister Hermanda.  I loved the work very much. Besides loving the work and being here, the beautiful chapel was nearby and I found time for visits to the Blessed Sacrament.  It was a time to spend with my God whom I came to serve and love more fully.”

Sister Alice retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2012.

May she rest in peace! 

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

$25,000 Raised at Ancilla Golf Classic

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

Despite thunderstorms the night before and the morning of, Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ denied responsibility for making the Ancilla College Golf Classic rain free on June 8.

The 20th annual event was at Swan Lake Resort. Thirty nine teams took part to raise money for the growing college.

After 19 years at the Plymouth Country Club, the Golf Classic was moved to Swan Lake to accommodate future growth. Said Tom Sibal, associate director of institutional advancement and tournament organizer, “We made a change in venue this year to Swan Lake. Having two golf courses to play on really helped to move the day along. We were able to finish play for 39 teams in just under four and a half hours. Everyone raved about playing at Swan Lake. I couldn’t be happier with the results.”

This year was the most successful for the event. The tournament, which followed a four-person Florida scramble format, raised over $25,000 for the Annual Fund which supports student grants and scholarships for the college. Guests walked away with nearly $12,000 worth of gifts in the form of door prizes, goodie bag favors and drinks and snacks on the course thanks to the generosity of 82 area businesses and individuals.

Contributing sponsors included Tiny Enterprises, LLC, TCP-The Complete Printer, Starke County Economic Development Foundation, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Oliver Ford, Michael Kinder and Sons Inc., Dr. Ron May, Lake City Bank, Fiduciary Management, Inc., Farm Fertilizer and Seeds, Inc., Chester Inc., John Chandler, Bomarko and 1st Source Bank. 

The winning team on the Black Course with a score of 56 played for Spoor’s Auto Sales and was comprised of Dan Spoor, Jim Magnuson, Kyle Meihoffer and Ralph Harmon. The winning team on the Silver Course with a score of 58 played for COJIM Properties and was comprised of Doug Hite, Phil Weybright, Bob Wise and Jay Polen. 

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 associate degrees and 10 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.

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