Date: Saturday, May 18th, 2024
Time: 2:00 PM EDT
Location: PHJC Greenhouses, 9819 Union Road, Plymouth, IN 46563
Admission: Free! Open to all families

Join us at the PHJC Greenhouses for a delightful afternoon of learning and fun with our Family-Friendly Greenhouse Tour and Seed Planting event. This educational outing is perfect for families who want to learn more about sustainable gardening and the benefits of biochar in agriculture.

Activities Include:

  • Seed Starting Workshop: Discover how to start your vegetable garden with our step-by-step seed planting demonstration. Choose from lettuce, tomato, or cucumber seeds and learn the basics of planting and caring for your new seedling.
  • Biochar Demonstration: Learn how to make and charge biochar using simple tools like recycled cans. Understand the role of biochar in improving soil health and how it can be a sustainable method for carbon sequestration.
  • Biochar Inoculation: Watch live demonstrations on how to charge biochar with various materials such as food scraps, grass clippings, and manure to enhance its properties before adding it to your garden.

Why Attend?

  • Educational Fun for Kids: An engaging learning experience that teaches children about the basics of gardening and the environmental benefits of using organic materials.
  • Hands-On Activities: Get your hands dirty with practical demonstrations and take home your very own planted seed.
  • Contribute to Sustainability: Learn about innovative ways to utilize everyday waste to enhance your garden and contribute to a healthier planet.

Volunteer Opportunities: We’re looking for volunteers to help us make this event a success! It’s a great way to give back to the community and learn about sustainable practices. Please contact us if you’re interested in volunteering.

Safety Note: All activities are designed with safety in mind, and all necessary precautions will be in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Join Us: Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about sustainable gardening practices and spend a wonderful day out with the family at our picturesque greenhouses. We look forward to welcoming you!

Contact Information: For more information or to volunteer, please email Sam Tepes at or call us at (574) 935-1420.

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Date: May 4, 2024
Time: 4:00 PM (EDT)
Location: Ancilla Domini Chapel
Admission: Absolutely FREE! Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the Concert:

Immerse yourself in a transcendent musical experience at the serene Ancilla Domini Chapel. “All Things Bright & Beautiful” is not just a concert, it’s an evening where the divine meets the melodic, featuring Soprano Jessica McCormack and Tenor JR Fralick. Witness a captivating showcase of vocal mastery, as each solo and duet unfolds into an aural tapestry of classical music’s most heartfelt expressions.

Why You Should Attend:

  • Extraordinary Performances: Jessica and JR are renowned for captivating audiences worldwide with their vocal elegance and expressive musical narratives.
  • Meet the Artists: Engage with Jessica and JR post-performance, in a rare opportunity to hear about their artistic inspirations and future aspirations.
  • A Musical Feast for All: This event welcomes everyone, from long-time enthusiasts of classical music to newcomers eager for an enriching cultural experience.

About the Artists:

Jessica McCormack brings an impressive blend of depth and versatility to her soprano performances, earning international acclaim. An advocate for vocal health and a passionate educator, Jessica’s involvement extends beyond the stage to nurturing the next generation at Phillips Academy in Andover.

JR Fralick‘s rich tenor voice has graced opera houses and concert stages across the globe. His skillful interpretations and performances leave audiences in awe. As a dedicated music educator at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, JR is committed to shaping the voices of future artists.

Special Preview:

Enjoy a glimpse of the ethereal atmosphere awaiting you with a clip of Jessica McCormack’s moving performance at the Ancilla Domini Chapel here.

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Date & Times:

  • Christmas Eve
    • 8:00 PM ET – Lessons and Carols
    • 8:30 PM ET – Mass of the Nativity of Our Lord (Livestream Available)
  • Christmas Day
    • 11:00 AM – Christmas Day Mass

Location: Ancilla Domini Chapel, 9601 Union Rd., Plymouth, IN 46563

Description: Join us for a meaningful Christmas celebration at Ancilla Domini Chapel. We invite you to participate in our Christmas Eve service, featuring Lessons and Carols followed by the Mass of the Nativity of Our Lord. On Christmas Day, join us for a special Mass as we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. These services provide an opportunity for reflection, prayer, and unity in the spirit of Christmas.

Livestream Available: Only the Christmas Eve service will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person.

We look forward to sharing this joyous occasion with you, your family, and the community. May the blessings of Christmas fill your hearts with love and peace.

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Date: Sunday, December 3, 2023

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: Ancilla Domini Chapel, 9601 Union Rd. Plymouth, IN 46563

Event Details: Join us for a captivating afternoon with Dr. Kevin J. Vaughn, a distinguished concert artist and music scholar, as he performs an organ recital at the serene Ancilla Domini Chapel.

About Dr. Kevin Vaughn: Dr. Kevin Vaughn is the esteemed Director of Music and Organist at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in South Bend, Indiana. With a rich history of performances spanning various states and countries, he brings an exquisite blend of musicality and scholarly insight to his recitals. His collaborative works, including the acclaimed recording ‘Sacred Song’, have been celebrated nationally.

Dr. Vaughn’s educational background is as impressive as his musical endeavors, holding the honor of being the first recipient of a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from the University of Notre Dame.

Discover More: To learn more about Dr. Kevin Vaughn and his musical journey, please visit Kevin J. Vaughn’s Official Website.

Admission: Free (Donations welcomed)


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Join us for an enchanting evening of music at the Ancilla Domini Chapel.

Date: November 18, 2023

Time: 7:00 pm (EST)

Location: Ancilla Domini Chapel: 9601 Union Rd. Plymouth, IN 46563


  • Admission to the concert is absolutely FREE! Just arrive early to secure your seats.

What to Expect:

  • Experience the magic of the Messiah Concert, featuring a 50-member choir, four talented soloists, and an 18-piece orchestra.
  • Be captivated by the mesmerizing performance of Handel’s masterpiece.

Dinner Options:

Dine Before the Concert – An Exquisite Dining Experience

Pre-Concert Dinner:

  • Dinner will be served before the concert, starting at 5:30 PM (EST) at Cana Hall.
  • Select from two delightful choices:
    • Prime Rib Dinner: $70 per person
    • Couples’ Dinner Package: $120 for two

What’s Included:

  • Your dinner ticket includes:
    • VIP seating for the Messiah Concert following dinner.
    • A signed program by the soloists and Andrew.
    • Pictures with the soloists, Andrew, and/or orchestra members.

Dinner Menu:

  • Indulge in a delectable meal featuring:
    • Entrée: Prime Rib sourced from Ancilla Beef.
    • Plated Salad: Each seat will have a salad.
    • Dinner Rolls: Available at every table.
    • Sides: Baked sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes with gravy, chef’s choice of vegetables.
    • Dessert: Cheesecake with a sugar-free option.
    • Drinks: Water, lemonade, coffee, and tea.
    • Vegan option available upon request only.

Reserve Your Dinner Tickets:

  • To secure your dinner tickets please contact Jessye Gilley at or click the button below for online purchase.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

  • Would you like to become a sponsor for this enchanting event? Explore our sponsorship opportunities to support our cause and receive special recognition.

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Joy to the World: A Fun Evening of Christmas Magic


Date: December 2, 2023

Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST

Location: The Center at Donaldson

It’s FREE! Come and have fun. The earlier you come, the more fun you can have.

What’s Happening:

  • Pictures with Santa: Meet Mr. & Mrs. Claus and get a special photo.
  • Frame Decorating: Make a cool frame for your photo or any picture you like.
  • Cookie Decorating: Make your cookie look fun before you eat it.
  • Face Painting: Get a fun design painted on your face.
  • Story Time: Enjoy some Christmas stories told by the Sisters of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

Sensory Friendly Room: We have a quiet room set up if things get too noisy or busy. It’s a place where kids can feel safe and calm.

Join the Fun! Come with family, friends, and neighbors. Let’s make this Christmas special together.



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A Harmonious Evening at Ancilla Domini Chapel
Experience the Magic of Organ Music with Renowned Artist Nicole Keller

Date: September 10, 2023

Time: 4:00 pm (EDT)

Location: Ancilla Domini Chapel

Admission: Absolutely FREE! Just come early to grab a good seat.

About the Recital:
Dive into an unforgettable evening of music. This isn’t just any organ recital; it’s a chance to hear world-renowned artist Nicole Keller, known for her unique blend of traditional and contemporary pieces, play in the stunning setting of Ancilla Domini Chapel.

Why You Should Attend:

  • Unique Experience: This event won’t be streamed online, making it a one-of-a-kind experience.
  • Meet the Artist: After the show, enjoy some snacks and a chance to chat with Nicole.
  • For Everyone: Whether you’re a long-time music lover or new to organ recitals, this evening promises to be enjoyable for all.

About Nicole Keller:
Having played at prestigious venues from New York to Paris, Nicole is more than just a musician; she’s a storyteller. With each note, she brings her audience on a journey, blending classic tunes with new sounds. Plus, as a dedicated teacher, Nicole shapes the future of music at the University of Michigan. For more information about Nicole Click here

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National Vocation Awareness Week, celebrated November 5-11, 2023, is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life through prayer and education and to renewing our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.  NVAW began in 1976 when the U. S. bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for NVAW.  In 1997, this celebration was moved to coincide with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which falls on January 13 in 2013.  Beginning in 2014, NVAW was moved to the first full week of November.

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By Autumn Meyers | NWI.LIfe

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ recently added a stunning new organ to its Ancilla Domini Chapel. On Sunday, April 30, the Poor Handmaids held its very first organ recital to celebrate this wonderful addition. People from all over the community gathered for a one-of-a-kind organ concert and were left absolutely speechless. 

The new organ was handcrafted by Taylor and Boody Organ builders in Virginia and completed on March 3. A blessing service for the new instrument was held on March 25, but a recital was the perfect choice to showcase the organ to the public. 

The recital featured none other than Balint Karosi, a concert organist who specializes in playing these types of organs and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Karosi is well-known for his ability to interpret music and bring it to life in the most unique, touching way. The Poor Handmaids’ Director of Liturgy and Music, Andrew Jennings, knew he had to get Karosi to play the first recital. 

“When playing this type of instrument, making good music is about so much more than just being accurate and hitting the right notes. This organ is unique because, unlike other organs, the wind is unstable and noncontinuous. It pumps and breathes as you play it, so you have to know how to listen to the organ and feel how it’s breathing, and Balint is just incredible at it. The music just pours from him,” said Jennings. 

Karosi was honored to play such a breathtaking instrument and demonstrate its beauty to the community for the first time.

“It’s craftsmanship respects centuries of traditions for organ building. This organ is going to last hundreds of years because it’s made with traditional materials. It’s a high-quality, handcrafted organ, which cannot be said about a lot of organs in the United States. This is an instrument that Johann Sebastian Bach himself could have sat down at and would have felt immediately at home,” said Karosi. 

Karosi played mostly classical German music in honor of the Poor Handmaids and their German origins, but he played a few modern pieces as well. Everyone loved it. As people swayed and bowed their heads, soaking in the music, it became clear that the new organ is more than just an instrument. It’s a powerful, spiritual tool. 

“Spiritual well-being is a big part of the Poor Handmaids’ mission, and regardless of a person’s faith or background, there’s sort of a transcendental moment that a person can have in a space like this. As you listen to the music it turns into a very sensory experience and allows you to feel outside of yourself and feel that bigger thing, whatever that may be. We always want to make this space free to the public so they can experience it,” said Jennings. 

What also makes this organ so special is that it is literally a part of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ campus. All of the carvings on the organ were made from the wood of a Linden tree that stood in the heart of the campus. The tree had to be cut down for safety issues, and the Sisters thought it would be a wonderful way to keep its memory alive. 

“That tree was planted here and grew here, and it’s going to remain here forever. From a spiritual perspective, it gives you that sense that all creation says glory to God,” said Jennings. 

It’s ultimately incredible that such a breathtaking instrument resides right here in Northwest Indiana. Most organs this beautiful are commonly found in Europe and have been there for hundreds of years. The fact that the Poor Handmaids now have one should not be overlooked. 

“If you want to spare yourself a trip to Europe to hear a European organ, all you have to do is come here. You will hear the same sounds that you would hear on an organ in Europe that is hundreds of years old. It’s wonderful to bring those sounds right here to the middle of Indiana,” said Karosi. 

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ are proud of their new instrument and can’t wait for the community to experience if for themselves.

“This is a gift to the community. Our campus is a place of spiritual nourishment, and we want people to come out and experience this new instrument, even if it’s not for recitals. I’m hoping to encourage more people to come to play the instrument just for their own gratification. If students in the area want to come and practice or get lessons, I want to encourage them to do so,” said Jennings.