The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ
Ancilla Systems Inc. Administrator Toni Mola, Nazareth Home Foster Mother/Director Jean Bowman, The Most Rev. Dale J. Melczek, bishop, Diocese of Gary; and PHJC Provincial Sister Nora Hahn spend time together at the recent open house for Nazareth Home.

EAST CHICAGO | When newly-named Nazareth Home Foster Mother/Director Jean Bowman welcomed open house guests April 19, she received a blessing from a very special guest The Most Rev. Dale J. Melczek, bishop of the Diocese of Gary.

Accepting the check from Dennis’ family are (pictured from left): Sr. Julienne Smith, PHJC; Carol Venderley, family member; Sr. Carole Langhauser, PHJC; Tim Donovan, brother; Judge Thomas J. Felts, family member; and Meg Distler, Foundation Executive Director.

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation received a generous bequest from the Estate of Dennis L. Donovan on April 13, 2011.

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Catherine Kasper Place

Fort Wayne, Indiana, was the town where it all began. The Poor Handmaids of Dernbach, Germany answered Bishop John Henry Luers’ call for help in 1868. Immigrants in the Fort Wayne Diocese needed assistance integrating into their new community. Eight Sisters were sent to serve. Their sacrifice and dedication started a ministry of helping immigrants adapt to life in the United States. The work continues today, nearly 150 years later.