The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ

We Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ continue to honor our rich and lengthy history on August 17-19, 2018 in a weekend event called, “Coming Home to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Poor Handmaid Presence in America.”

Since June 2014, we have organized “PHJC Coming Home” events in various cities in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota where we served. During this final Coming Home, held at The Center at Donaldson, we will continue to honor our connection with the many people who are part of our blessed past, vibrant present and empowered future. 

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ came to America in 1868. During the next 150 years we served in education, childcare, healthcare and other ministries in nearly 400 different organizations. American PHJC Sisters continue to minister today in Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Ohio and Rhode Island, as well as in Mexico, Brazil, Kenya and Germany. 

“Coming Home to celebrate the 150th Anniversary” event includes a reunion for former Poor Handmaids and Ancilla Domini High School students on Friday, August 17.

On Saturday, August 18, starting at 9:00 a.m. EDT and running throughout the day, tours of the campus, social activities, displays, prayer gatherings, visiting, and an early evening cemetery prayer service will be held at The Center at Donaldson.

On Sunday, August 19, 11:00 a.m. EDT Bishop Kevin Rhoades from the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese will celebrate Mass in the Ancilla Domini Chapel at The Center at Donaldson. A reception and program will follow.

Please join us for these free events in celebrating all who have and continue to partner with us in the work of the Spirit.

Click here for the SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 




Greetings to all of you who have expressed interest in traveling to Rome/Germany for the canonization of Saint-to-be Katharina Kasper!

Here is the link to the travel agent's brochure and online registration for the pilgrimage to Rome from October 11-18, 2018. All arrangements are being handled by the travel agent.

The Germany trip from October 18-23, 2018, is still being planned.  Note there is a box to check on the reservation form if you are interested in the Germany trip - or if you just want more information about the Germany trip.

This is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it will be such a blessing for all of us to be able to experience it together!





PHJC Sesquicentennial Quilt 1868 - 2018

This quilt was commissioned in honor of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Poor Handmaid presence in America.

Missioned by Catherine Kasper, the foundress of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, the first eight German Poor Handmaid Sisters sailed to the United States on the Pereyre in 1868.

The hardy linden tree, with Catherine Kasper at its sturdy roots, represents the life of the American PHJC community.

The tree has grown many branches bearing the fruit of over 300 ministries of Poor Handmaid service and presence, touching countless lives during the past 150 years.

Also nestled in the branches are the Associate and Fiat Spiritus Communities who share the PHJC charism as the two other expressions in the Spiritual Family of Catherine. The small tree, grown from the seed of the United States, is the Mexico foundation established in 1988 by the American province.

State flowers bordering the quilt name the 16 states in which PHJCs have ministered. The Holy Spirit hovers over this unfolding Poor Handmaid story with the continuing inspiration and guidance for today that Catherine Kasper depended on and called “the voice within.”