The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ

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.


Ancilla Mission Club

The annual drawing of the Ancilla Mission Club raises funds to support the needy not only in America, but also throughout the world. Proceeds from the drawing are used to assist homeless women and children; to care for infants and toddlers suffering from medical and social compromising situations and to provide ecology programs for children and adults as well as providing natural, earth-friendly products. Internationally, the funds help maintain soup kitchens, provide medical care, and conduct a school for children who, due to poverty, are not able to attend regular schools. The proceeds are used to care for children of the street, to teach skills to indigenous women so they can provide for their families and to build orphanages for the abandoned children of the street.

Over the last 6 years, the Ancilla Mission Club has been able to donate more than $100,000 to Poor Handmaid ministries and other PHJC-related organizations, including:

Africa Ministries
Ancilla College
Bethany Retreat House
Brazil Ministries
Casa de Esperanza
Catherine Kasper Life Center
Fiat Spiritus Community
India Ministries
John XXIII Retreat Center
Kitchen Table
Lindenwood Center
Mexico Ministries
MoonTree Studios
Nazareth Home
PHJC Associate Community
Sojourner Truth House
PHJC Congregation


These ministries not only focus on the elderly, the hungry, the homeless and abused and neglected children, but also those in such diverse areas as education, spiritual enrichment, the arts, the environment, youth programs and so much more. Support of the Ancilla Mission Club is a catalyst for continued service and care.

The following were winners in the 2016 drawing. Congratulations!

Ed Barbier
Rita Barenie
Sharon Barnett
Gervaise Bastian
Steve and Frances Beres
Donna Biller
Joe and Margaret Blaies
Catherine's Cottage
Marybeth Curl
Sr. Michele Dvorak
Juliana Elfrink
John Farrell
Sr. Sharon Marie Fox
Robert Gehring
Mark Gramlich
Fran Grebel
Dolores Grizzell
Janet Hatfield
Kathleen Hayes
Irwin Henry
Rose Husmann
Judy Jacoby
Don James
Tom Kania
David Klen
Sharon Kyle
Rob Lingenfelter
Peny Mathews
Wayne and Mary Mithcell
Toni Mola
Susan Niedospial
Gerald Niesen
Carl and Margaret Norris
Stanley Oboy
Ed Pasko
Anthony Philbin
Patricia Pierpont
Pauline Pierson
Bernadette Pohlmann
Diane Reitter
Kate Renshaw
Vicki Riley
Carol and Henry Schuberth
Mira Sedlacek
Pauline Steffens
Concetta Volante
Jim and MaryAnn Wells
Mary Whitcraft

With the encouragement of a fellow quilter from her quilting group at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Hammond, Bethany Retreat House director Sister Joyce Diltz entered the quilting division of the Lake County Fair this year, expecting only the satisfaction of sharing some of her better work.  What she didn’t expect was to sweep the first, second, and third place awards for the pieces she entered. 


She doesn’t do it for the prize money; the cash prize was only $5.00. Yes, you read that correctly, $5.00. “I love to quilt. A good day has quilting in it,” Sister Joyce said. “I don’t feel competitive, but it was nice to find out I won,” she added. Her sweep included a first place win for a house and tree appliqued tote; second place for a teacup appliqued sweatshirt; and third place for a double bed quilt, which graces the Lazarus bedroom at Bethany Retreat House.


What she loves about quilting is immersing herself in the color and design of the project. Choosing the colors is the beginning of the creative process for Sister Joyce, only then does she incorporates the design, which is built around the colors. She looked as far away as North Carolina for the right shade for a new batik quilt she’s currently working on. After those pieces of the project are figured out, she finds the process centering and relaxing.  “It’s my prayer for the world while I stitch and watch the TV news,” Sister Joyce said. “It’s centering to make something beautiful, and I enjoy the rhythm of the stitches,” she added. Congratulations Sister Joyce!