The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ

Catherine’s Calendar Club is the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ monthly giving program. Members of Catherine’s Calendar Club are those who have chosen to support the ministries of the Poor Handmaids with their ongoing monthly donations. These monthly donations help children in Mexico receive a meal at a soup kitchen; help with medical care for those who cannot afford treatment at a hospital in Africa and help serve those in need in the United States. Through the generosity of these monthly donations, members help care for our retired Sisters, tutor and educate young people, help single mothers gain skills in order to support their families and much, much more.

These ongoing donations help bring God’s compassion and care to many others. Each month we can count on these gifts to help carry on the mission of the Poor Handmaids. And for each gift, we are grateful.

If you would like information on monthly giving to Catherine’s Calendar Club, please contact Ruth Van Vactor, Development Manager at 574-935-1725 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Gifts may be made through the mail or by automatic credit card deduction. Members receive a Catherine’s Calendar Club Certificate, giving envelopes to be used throughout the year, and a calendar of photos taken by Sister Marguerite Niesen, PHJC, from the grounds at The Center at Donaldson.

Do you ever wonder what’s in the beef you buy from the grocery store? What have the cattle been fed or inoculated with? Were they raised humanely? What is the impact on the environment of beef you eat? When you choose Ancilla Beef, you can be assured that you’re making the local, environmentally responsible, sustainable, and humane choice.  


Ancilla Beef and Grain Farm, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ on the campus of The Center at Donaldson, offers naturally raised, hormone and antibiotic free, grass fed and grain finished beef. The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Sisters and Ancilla Beef and Grain Farmers live by the Earth Charter, a belief that the earth, a system of land, water, people, flora, and fauna, will heal when we live in harmony with each other. 


To that end, Ancilla Beef cattle roam freely, grazing on grasses in pastures from spring until early winter, when they feast on grains and silage grown by our farmers in Donaldson, respecting both the earth and the animal. Ancilla Beef and Grain Farm has also been recognized as a River Friendly Farm for its sustainable land management practices. By eliminating unnatural, unnecessary and unsustainable practices like overcrowded feedlots, feeding cattle the ground-up remains of other animals, and rampant hormone and antibiotic use, we help build a more just and sustainable 21st century.


Ancilla Beef is the best natural beef, available in roasts, steaks, ground beef and canned beef. It’s processed locally and frozen or canned immediately for the ultimate freshness. Taste the difference and reduce your impact on the earth today. Ancilla Beef is available for pick up only at The Center at Donaldson Motherhouse reception, just west of Plymouth. Visit our website,, where you can learn more about our farm, place your order, and peruse delicious recipes and other products. You can also call Bev at (574) 935-1736 for more information. 


The Center at Donaldson, along with Arts Midwest and Encore Performing Arts, presents Anda Union at The Center at Donaldson on Monday, October 3, 2016. The evening begins with a music workshop at 6:00 p.m. EDT, followed by an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments at 7:00 p.m. Experience this unique style of traditional folk music from Mongolia, which features songs that mimic the sounds of nature.  


Formed in 2003 in the semi-autonomous Inner Mongolia region of China, Anda Union features folk music played on traditional instruments, like the flute and fiddle, and regional versions of the dulcimer, lute and mouth harp. Join us for an evening of world music that evolved from melodies sung my nomadic herders. 


The event takes place at Cana Hall at The Center at Donaldson. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.


The Center at Donaldson, GPS address: 9601 Union Road, Plymouth, IN 46563.