The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ

On April 11, 2013, The Center at Donaldson, previously called The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Ministry Center, held a dessert reception at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center celebrating the new name. The event was open to local business leaders and pastors from Marshall, Starke and LaPorte Counties.

Over the years, a variety of PHJC ministries have emerged and grown. During the evening, there were representatives from each ministry that gave a brief overview of what experiences are offered as part of The Center at Donaldson. Earthworks Market in Plymouth provided desserts.

These ministries offer intergenerational living and learning opportunities. These opportunities include Earthworks’ summer camps where children have fun while learning to care for the environment, Ancilla College classes for people of all ages, beautiful state of the art facilities at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, used by retreatants from around the world.

At The Center at Donaldson, you can also purchase delicious natural beef from Ancilla Beef & Grain Farm, and your loved ones are cared for at Catherine Kasper Life Center, the only faith-based Continuing Care Retirement Community in Marshall County. MoonTree Studios, the newest of the ministries, invites you to discover a variety of art experiences, which awaken and explore your inner creativity.

The Center at Donaldson - Experiencing the Unexpected - invites you to discover what opportunities we have and to come and visit. For more information:

A performance of The Messiah by George Frideric Handel will take place on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. (EST) in the Ancilla Domini Chapel, The Center at Donaldson. The Messiah is one of the most famous and widely shared pieces of music in history.

The Messiah will be conducted by Dr. David K. Lamb of Columbus, Indiana. The choir will consist of Sisters and members of the wider community. Professional soloists will be from the Chicago Lyric Opera. Members of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra will accompany the performance.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Admission is free.

Following a process of discernment and prayer, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Chapter delegates, during the Provincial Chapter of Elections held April 5-7, elected a leadership team who will direct them during the next four years. Sister Judith Diltz was elected provincial and Sister Michele Dvorak as first councilor. Sister Loretta Schleper and Sister Carole Langhauser were elected as councilors.

Sister Judith Diltz, a native of Mishawaka, Indiana, took her first vows as a Poor Handmaid on August 6, 1969. Since that time she has ministered in education and served the Poor Handmaid Community. She taught English at various schools in Indiana and Illinois and served as the PHJC Vocation Director, Postulant /Affiliate Director, and Director for Development. Currently she is a Professor of English and Humanities and Faculty Assessment Coordinator at Ancilla College in Donaldson, Indiana.

Sister Michele Dvorak has ministered in education since 1976. She has been a teacher and principal in Indiana and Illinois and currently is an Associate Professor at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana where she also held the position of Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. Sister Michele was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and took her first vows on August 15, 1976.

Sister Loretta Schleper has served in different ministries since taking her first vows on August 6, 1965. She has been the Assistant Director at Villa Maria in Donaldson, an occupational therapist, house coordinator, nurse assistant, staff chaplain, the Director of Community Health Improvement program at HealthVisions of Fort Wayne and currently serves as the Volunteer Coordinator at Sojourner Truth House, a ministry sponsored by the Poor Handmaids in Gary, Indiana. Sister Loretta was born in Highland, Illinois.

Sister Carole Langhauser, born in Breese, Illinois has been in healthcare since taking her first vows on August 11, 1974. She has served as a staff nurse, oncology clinical nurse specialist at various hospitals in Indiana and Illinois and currently serves as the Vice-President of Mission Integration at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Sister Carole also ministered in Thailand in 1980.

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ community promised unity, support and collaboration to the new team during the next four years. Installation of the leadership team will be held on July 7, 2013 in the Ancilla Domini Chapel, Donaldson, Indiana.