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Maria Center Celebrates 25 Years

Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00

Maria Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Sunday, November 16, 2014 with an open house from 12:30-4:00 p.m. EST.  During the celebration, some of the apartments will be open for viewing. Tours will be available in the beautiful Ancilla Domini Chapel. Music by Kennedy’s Kitchen, an Irish music group, will perform in Cana Hall located on the lower level of the main building from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. and hors d’oeuvre will be served.
 
Maria Center, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, is an independent senior living center and part of the Catherine Kasper Life Center (CKLC). It features charming, unfurnished efficiency, studio, and one- and two-bedroom apartments. Maria Center is on the grounds of The Center at Donaldson, which offers intergenerational programs of Ancilla College, Earthworks, Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center and MoonTree Studios.
 
If interested in independent senior living apartments or just a day in Donaldson, join the open house celebration, enjoy an afternoon of music and food, and see all that Maria Center has to offer. Representatives will be available to answer any questions. Everyone is invited.
 
For 25 years Maria Center has been offering comfortable living at an affordable price in the Plymouth area.

 

Sr. Peg - Overall Influential Woman of the Year

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

Sister Peg Spindler, CSA, Executive Director of Sojourner Truth House was honored on November 6, 2014 as the Overall Influential Woman of the Year at the 2014 Influential Women of Northwest Indiana.

“I’m a little surprised, and honored, and humbled to be amongst so many women who do great things,” Sr. Peg said. “It is a privilege and honor. … I think it’s a great thing to recognize that women really are the movers and shakers in the community.”
Sister Peg has worked at Sojourner Truth House, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ for 17 years helping women and children.

Sojourner Truth House is a day center for homeless and at-risk women and their children located in Gary, Indiana. The staff works with families to find solutions to poverty in the short term with food and clothing programs and in the long term by breaking the cycle of poverty with education and family strengthening programs. Every program, every action is an encounter towards empowerment, education, employment and living life in wholeness. Ethnically and racially diverse, the women come from all faiths and educational backgrounds.

Congratulation Sr. Peg!

DONALDSON – Graduating at the top of your class often means being honored by your high school and giving a speech at graduation. This year Ancilla College will add one more way to honor these high achieving students—free tuition.

Beginning in 2015 Ancilla College will be offering full tuition scholarships to the top high school graduates from schools in 10 north-central Indiana counties.

“Ancilla wants to reward high achievement and help local graduates get started on their college journey with the Ancilla College Valedictorian-Salutatorian Scholarship,” said Ancilla president Ken Zirkle.

Ancilla’s ‘Val-Sal Scholarship’ represents free full-time tuition, as much as $13,500 each year to local graduates who attend the college. It will be offered to the top students from public and private high schools in Marshall, Fulton, Porter, Pulaski, Jasper, Starke, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Kosciusko counties.

Local salutatorians, traditionally students who graduate second in their class, will be offered up to $10,000 in free tuition to attend the college.

“Valedictorian and salutatorians are chosen by many local high schools. These are academic titles used to honor the top two students who are then traditionally chosen to deliver the farewell speech at graduation. The valedictorian is the student with the highest rank among his or her graduating class, the salutatorian is usually second highest rank by grades,” said Zirkle.

Some regional schools have stopped naming valedictorians as part of graduation while other schools sometimes name three or four with high GPAs.

“We know there have been cases where there is more than one student chosen for these honors and we plan on offering the scholarship to each student chosen by their school based on class rank,” Zirkle said.

Offering scholarships to top graduates is just one more way Ancilla is supporting students in pursuit of higher learning, Zirkle said.

In 2013-14 the college provided over $900,000 in academic, need-based, and athletic scholarships to students alongside what they qualified for in federal and state education aid. Over 93 percent of students at Ancilla received financial aid of some kind.

“Many of our students come from families that don’t have very much set aside for education. We work with students and their families to make college affordable. We know that investing in them will pay off not just for them but for the communities in which they live and work,” said Mike Brown, Ancilla’s chief financial officer.

“As with other Ancilla scholarship programs, the award for each student is coordinated with the student’s eligibility for federal and Indiana grants. The Val-Sal is just one more way we are supporting students who want to earn a valuable college degree at a place based on solid values,” Brown said.

Fast Facts about Ancilla College:
• Founded in 1937 by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ
• Indiana’s only junior college (private two-year college)
• 400 students enrolled in 18 degree programs
• Host to ten athletic teams in men’s and women’s sports; NJCAA

Heilborn on Tour 2014

Friday, 10 October 2014 00:00

IN THIS ISSUE…

  • Mexico, Heilborn on Tour
  • The Joy of Celebrating My Final Vows
  • The Transfer of the Mexican Pro-Region to General Leadership
  • The Thriving Ministres in Coatzacoalcos
  • Formation
  • Ministries of the Northern Missions
  • Blessing of the Dental Clinic
  • A Symbol of Mexican Culture

Word Gathering (Fall 2014)

Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00

IN THIS ISSUE…

  • Meet Our New Directors
  • New Art Honors the Environment at MoonTree Studios
  • MoonTree Festival – September 20, 2014
  • The Mission and Vision of MoonTree Studios
  • Welcome to Mexico! Bem-vindo ao México!
  • Pro-Region of Mexico Celebrates Golden Jubilee of Sister Edith Schneider – Mexican Style!
  • Photo Gallery: Catherine Kasper Life Center
  • PHJC Influence As Teachers
  • A Reflection: Renewing Energy
  • Dr. Ken Zirkle Named Ancilla College Interim President
  • Poor Handmaids Honored for Work in Healthcare
  • Coming Home…to Southern Illinois
  • Prayer and Icons: Beyond Words
  • Earthworks’ Barnyard Educates All
  • Photo Gallery: 2014 Jubilee Celebration
  • Prayers for Peace
  • 12th Annual Nazareth Home Gala: 21 Years and Counting…Miracles, that is!
  • Northwest Indiana Walkers Take Big Steps to End Homelessness
  • Living to Serve and Making an Impact Daily
  • Living In the United States
  • In Memory of Our Sisters
  • Save the Date! Coming Home to Fort Wayne/Hessen Cassel

 

Poor Handmaids Come Home to Fort Wayne

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Fort Wayne, IN -- The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Sisters are organizing several events called “PHJCs Coming Home” in various cities over the next few years. The purpose of these events is to reconnect with the people in some of the areas in which Poor Handmaids have ministered and share who they have been over the years, who they are today, and who they hope to be in the future. You are invited to “PHJCs Coming Home to Fort Wayne-Hessen Cassel,” the second of the PHJCs Coming Home weekends, on October 24-26, 2014.

• On Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. a reunion will be held for former Poor Handmaids and Ancilla Domini High School Alumnae at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory in downtown Fort Wayne.

• At 5:00 p.m., Eucharistic Liturgy held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception will celebrate the Poor Handmaid presence and ministry in the Fort Wayne area. Mass will be followed by a 6:00 p.m. reception at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory.

• On Sunday, October 26, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., Eucharistic Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Joseph Parish, Hessen Cassel with Bishop Kevin Rhoades as celebrant. Brunch will follow at St. Joseph Parish hall. Hessen Cassel is the first ministry the Poor Handmaids started after arriving in the United States in 1868.

The public is invited to join the Eucharistic Liturgies and the free reception.

In addition, “Get to Know A Sister” Vocation Days will be held at some Fort Wayne area schools and a Theology on Tap style event is planned.

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ have served the Fort Wayne/South Bend Diocese since 1868 with a rich heritage in education, childcare, healthcare and other ministries. They continue to minister in the diocese today through their ministries St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and HealthVisions Fort Wayne.

For over 140 years, the Poor Handmaids operated or ministered at St. Joseph Medical Center in Fort Wayne.  In 1998, they sold the hospital and put a portion of the sale’s proceeds and local real estate holdings into their reorganized St. Joseph Community Health Foundation to maintain a ministry focused on continuing the PHJC legacy of helping everyone in the community, especially the poor and vulnerable, access healthcare and attain wellness. This strategy has enabled the Foundation ministry to provide over $15.2M through 999 grants to 182 Allen County community partners.  These grants have been vital in helping to secure the safety-net of low-cost medical clinics; establish health education and case management resources in neighborhoods where resources are scarce; providing for trained medical interpreters and health navigators skilled in language and culture; and establishing a network helping pregnant women secure support and resources for their yet-to-be born children and families.

At that same time, they also used a portion of sale proceeds to establish HealthVisions Midwest a community-based health improvement ministry with a location in Fort Wayne. The core principle of HealthVisions Fort Wayne is to build strong neighborhoods, through community partnerships using existing resources. HealthVisions Fort Wayne builds community capacity in order to reduce health disparities for underserved populations in need of care.  

Together with the Poor Handmaids, St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and HealthVisions Fort Wayne invite you to the PHJC Coming Home events. For more information and to register for these events, www.poorhandmaids.org/cominghome.

Associating News (Fall 2014)

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 00:00

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Meet Our Newest Associate - Judy Arndt
  • Responding to the Needs of Others in Joyful Service
  • Poor Handmaids Coming Home to Southern Illinois
  • Photos: Coming Home to Southern Illinois
  • Southern Illinois Associates Celebrate with the Poor Handmaids
  • In Memory of Our Sister and Associate
  • Associate Community Retractable Banner
  • MoonTree Studios Experiences
  • Timeline Tales
  • Lindenwood Retreat Offerings
  • Directory Updates
  • Save the Date! --> Coming Home to Fort Wayne | Hessen Cassel Event Information

 

New PHJC Leadership Elected in Germany

Friday, 22 August 2014 00:00

On August 14, 2014, the new leadership team of the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ German Province was officially installed during Mass in Dernbach, Germany. Sister Simone Weber begins her second term as Provincial. Sister Antonie Wiss, Sister Patricia Stümper and Sister Jaicy Jacob will serve as council members for the next four years.

After Mass, the celebration continued during lunch where Sisters, family, friends, co-workers and other guests enjoyed “Westerwälder Potato Soup and Catherine Kasper Bread.”

Congratulations to the new Provincial Leadership Team of the PHJC German Province. We wish you God's blessings.

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