Catherine Kasper Life Center (CKLC) received the Excellence in Action award from My InnerView by National Research Corporation. This honor recognizes long-term care and senior living facilities that achieve the highest levels of satisfaction excellence, as demonstrated by overall resident or employee satisfaction scores that fall within the top 10 percent of the My InnerView product database.

 

The Excellence in Action awards are presented exclusively to National Research clients who use My InnerView products. Qualifying nursing homes, in addition to assisted living and independent living communities (over 8,500), must have completed a customer satisfaction survey in 2012. Winners must have also achieved a minimum of 10 responses with a minimum 30 percent response rate and scored in the top 10 percent of qualifying facilities on the question “What is your recommendation of this facility to others” in terms of the percentage of respondents rating the facility as “excellent.”

Catherine Kasper Life Center, a ministry sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, is a faith-based Continuing Care Retirement Community comprised of Maria Center, apartments for senior independent living with some supportive services; and the Catherine Kasper Home, a licensed skilled nursing facility with all private rooms providing short-term rehabilitation, long-term nursing care and a memory care unit. It provides comfort, dignity and well-being as residents continue on their journey of life.

James Schmidt, the Executive Director of CKLC shares, “It is very humbling, but also quite an honor to be nationally recognized for the care we provide. Our staff works diligently in applying our mission of dignity, respect and servant leadership while we care for our senior population. To get recognized by the people that we serve means a lot to the Catherine Kasper Life Center.

Catherine Kasper Life Center is one of just four Indiana skilled nursing facilities that received the Customer Excellence in Action award. This is the second year that it has earned this national award. For more information about Catherine Kasper Life Center call 574-935-1742 or visit www.cklc.poorhandmaids.org

About National Research Corporation
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On Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. ET, the “Messiah,” by George Frideric Handel, will be performed in the Ancilla Domini Chapel at The Center at Donaldson. This is a free concert.

Handel’s Messiah is considered one of the greatest pieces of Christian music ever written. It is immensely popular and widely performed. The Hallelujah Chorus is familiar to almost everyone.

The choir is made up of members from the surrounding community. Members of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra will accompany the choir. Stacey Warren of Culver Academies is the rehearsal director; Dr. David K. Lamb of Columbus, Indiana will be the guest conductor. Soloists from the Chicago Lyric Opera include Elizabeth Schleicher, Soprano; Colleen Lovinello, Mezzo Soprano; Matthew Daniel, Tenor; and Eric Miranda, Bass.

David Kevin LambDavid Kevin Lamb is the Director of Music & Organist for the First United Methodist Church in Columbus, Indiana. He is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has presented guest concerts in 27 states and Washington, D.C. as well as in Austria, France, Germany, and Great Britain. Dr. Lamb has served as a concert organist, choral director, church organist, singer, voice teacher, accompanist, pit player, music administrator, public school teacher, college instructor, workshop leader, clinician, and recording artist. In 2012, he was elected to the National Council of the American Guild of Organists as the Councilor for the Great Lakes Region.

Colleen R. LovinelloColleen R. Lovinello sings frequently with the Whiting Festival Orchestra. Her operatic roles include “Santuzza” in Cavalleria Rusticana; “Marcellina” in the Marriage of Figaro; “Suzuki” in Madame Butterfly; “Dorabella” in Cosi fan Tutte; and “the Third Lady” in the Magic Flute. Most recently, she appeared with the Southlake Children’s Chorus as the soloist in the performance of Mozart’s Laudate Dominum. Ms. Lovinello is the director of Music and Cantor Training at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Valparaiso.

Matthew DanielMatthew Daniel performs opera roles, some of which include “Nemorino” in L’Elisir d’amore, “Pinkerton and Goro” in Madam Butterfly, “Rodolfo” in La Boheme, “Hoffmann” in Tales of Hoffmann, “Canio” in Pagliacci, “Duke” in Rigoletto, “Eisenstein” in Die Fledermaus, and “Triddu” in Cavalleria Rusticana. Mr. Daniel is well known in the Michiana area as a soloist with many churches and with his work with the Tenors Three. He is a sought after voice teacher with a studio in his home and as an adjunct voice instructor at Culver Academies.

Eric Miranda Eric Miranda, a frequent performer on the concert and operatic stage, has appeared as soloist in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, at the Ravinia Festival, and with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus in Millennium Park. Mr. Miranda’s solo oratorio appearances include Fauré’s Requiem, J. S. Bach’s Magnificat, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the DePaul Community Chorus; Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart's Mass in C Minor and Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Elgin Symphony; Handel’s Messiah with Bella Voce; Duruflé’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Magnificat, and numerous J.S. Bach cantatas. In addition to his work as a soloist, Mr. Miranda has performed with the choruses of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Bella Voce, and Music of the Baroque.

Elizabeth SchleicherElizabeth Schleicher sings in Chicago and the Midwest. She has performed in various productions including Lohengrin and Boris Godunov and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. she was seen as “Julia” in The Cousin from Nowhere, as “Damon” in Acis & Galatea Folks Operetta, as “Helena” in A Midsummer Nights Dream, “Susanna” in Le nozze di Figaro, and “Lucy Brown” in Three Penny Opera. Recently she was the soprano soloist for the Schubert Mass in E-flat with Nicholas McGegan and the St. Louis Symphony. Ms. Schleicher has also been seen in Don Pasquale, Samson and Delilah and I Pagliacci. She is on the voice faculty at Indiana University South Bend and St. Mary’s College.

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ received a grant from the Marshall County Community Foundation to help with expenses. No admission will be charged; the Poor Handmaids want to make this cultural event available to everyone.

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ invite the public to join them in celebrating 90 years in Donaldson. The event will be Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (EDT) at The Center at Donaldson, 9601 Union Road, Donaldson, IN.

Learn about the Poor Handmaids in Donaldson and the impact the congregation has made during its 90 years in Marshall County. There will be room displays depicting life in 1923 at Convent Ancilla Domini. Guided tours will be available at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, Ancilla College, MoonTree Studios, the award-winning Catherine Kasper Home and Maria Center as well as in the beautiful Gothic chapel. An old-fashioned ice cream social will be enjoyed at Catherine Kasper Home.

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ congregation was founded in 1851 in Germany. Convent Ancilla Domini was built in 1923 to serve as the Motherhouse of the PHJC American Province. Currently, Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ minister throughout the world.

Please join us for this interesting journey through time. For more information, please call (574) 936-9936.

This construction photo, taken in 1923, is of the front door entrance to the future Motherhouse for the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ in Donaldson.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 00:00

2013 Drawing Winners

Did you win?

On September 18 our annual PHJC Prize and Cash Drawing was held.

The raffle supports medically compromised children in East Chicago, IN; the hungry in Cairo, IL; Ancilla College students in Donaldson, IN; homeless in Gary and the poor and underserved in Mexico and Kenya as well as other PHJC ministries.

 

Prizes included homemade quilts and afghans, cooking grills, a weekend get-away, a camera and many many more items.

Below is the list of our lucky winners. Thank you to all who support the PHJC ministries through our raffle.

 


 

Drawing Winners

  • Mr. & Mrs. Tony Ernst - Quilt
  • Margaret Beck - Weber Grill
  • Kathy Peceniak - Afghan
  • Norma Steiner - Dirt Devil Sweeper
  • William Fortin - Quilt
  • Mike/Sue Callahan - Anthony Acres Weekend
  • Howard & Diane Ludwig - Afghan
  • Patricia Wagner - Sunbeam Pkg.
  • Vera Pulver - Quilt
  • Mary Mankowski - GPS
  • Sr. Helen Watkins - Afghan
  • Tom Sibal - Cookware/Knives
  • Julie Cowen - Quilt
  • Theresa Colella - Haviland China
  • Jim & Mary Ann Wells - Afghan
  • Donna Koehler - Double Slow Cooker Buffet and Belgium Waffle Iron
  • Peggy Hiss - Mr. Coffee Pkg.
  • Ed Kean - Two piece cookware
  • Cathy Filetti - Afghan
  • Dale & Judy Gall - Memorial Brick in Prayer Garden
  • John Haselhorst - Afghan
  • Kelsey Cordell - Barbecue in a Box
  • Kay Wiseman - Chocolate Fountain
  • Marilyn Staub - Select Metro Grill
  • Donna Grzych - Flair Sweeper
  • Marie Jacobs - Afghan
  • Barbara Carcione - Vera Bradley Bag/gift cards
  • Donna Grzych - “Peanuts” Blanket/Pillows/children’s books
  • Marie Jacobs - Dinnerware/glasses/flatware
  • R.J. Kuper - Dinnerware/glasses/flatware
  • Cecelia Pankowski - Thanksgiving platter, knives, broiler
  • Mary Haas - Double Kick Skate Board
  • Rena Haake - Ministry Center Basket
  • Jane Callen - Q Beam Emergency Spotlight
  • May Crider - Glassware Set
  • Carolyn Pataky - $150 Certificate for Pampered Chef
  • Lillian Swift - Afghan
  • Mary Slack - Celebrate Christmas Pack
  • Theresa Rybicki - Night at the Movies Basket
  • Janet Hatfield - Samsung Galaxy Tablet 3
  • Beth Amick - Canon Digital Camera
  • Linda Rudolphi - Quilt
  • Dan Haselhorst - Pair of Crafted Sailboats--Pictures
  • Kim O’Brien - Chiminea
  • Joan Voss - Nolan Miller Heart Necklace
  • Fr. S.E. Colchin - Sunbeam Cookware Set
  • J. Costanza - Outdoor Dining Canopy
  • David Schmitz - Afghan

 


 

Monetary Prizes

  • Joanne Ortman
  • Beverly Glass
  • Lorraine Trivilian
  • Tammy Chapman
  • Ann Munoz
  • Richard Helfrich
  • Mr & Mrs Ed Krcmaric
  • Rodger Rang
  • Lonna Hollis
  • James Milcarek

Just a few of the prizes won by lucky raffle winners

Friday, 13 September 2013 00:00

Welcome Week Invites Students to Get Involved

Ancilla College hosted a fall Welcome Week for students, faculty, and staff. The event took place September 10-12 at the college.

Over 400 students, faculty, and staff enjoyed games, free food, and prize drawings. Information tables about student activities, local vendors, and more were available for attendees to peruse. Activities began at 11:30 a.m. and continued until 2 p.m. daily.

Welcome Week photo“We’re really excited about the new school year. We had a great turn out and students were able to connect again, or for the first time, after the summer break,” said Eric Wignall, Interim Executive Director of Admissions at Ancilla College. 

Vendors, who provided support for the event, had information tables, as well as prizes, included Ace Fitness, Bowen Center, Fitness Forum, and Plymouth Wal-Mart Vision Center.

In addition, students won a wide range of prizes from the drawings. Local donations included gift cards from Applebee’s, Christos, Five Star, Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, Papa John’s, Symphony Restaurant, Wal-Mart, and Wings Etc. Papa John’s also donated pizzas for Wednesday and water was donated by Walgreens and the Plymouth branch of Culligan.

Ancilla College is a Catholic, liberal arts, Associate’s Degree college in Donaldson, Indiana, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

Monday, 09 September 2013 00:00

Prayer for the People of Syria

Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion,
the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope.
Hear the cries of the people of Syria;
bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
and comfort to those mourning the dead.
Empower and encourage Syria’s neighbors
in their care and welcome for refugees.
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
and strengthen the resolve of those committed to peace.

O God of hope and Father of mercy,
your Holy Spirit inspires us to look beyond ourselves and our own needs.
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence
and to seek reconciliation with enemies.
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
and fill us with hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Amen.

[This prayer is adapted from Catholics Confront Global Poverty. . . , a collaborative effort of USCCB and Catholic Relief Services.]
Monday, 09 September 2013 00:00

Spiritual Fasting for the Sake of Justice

In January 2013, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ made a commitment for immigration justice, which reads: As one voice, we Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters supporting the passage of comprehensive just immigration reform including family reunification.

~ Approved Provincial Chapter 2013.

As Congress returns from its August recess, faith communities across the country are increasing pressure on House members to urgently pass compassionate immigration reform. On September 9th, the Interfaith Immigration Coalition will launch 40 days of prayer, fasting, and advocacy on a telephonic press conference with national Catholic, Protestant and Jewish leaders to ignite a "compassion surge." Click For more details on Fast Action for Immigration Reform.

 

With more than 4,100 people of faith from 44 states already committed to pray, fast and advocate during this 40 days of action, the telephonic press conference will offer members of the press an opportunity to speak directly with national faith leaders and immigrants -including Bishop Richard Graham and Sister Simone Campbell - on their expectations for Congress, how faith communities are spiritually mobilizing, and why this moment is so critical to achieve compassionate immigration reform.

DATE/TIME: 
September 9, 2013 / 12pm EST, 9am PST

CALL-IN DETAILS:
1-866-952-1906, Access code: FASTACTION

We invite you to pray daily for justice for our immigrant brothers and sisters, for wisdom and compassion for our political leaders, and for strength as we continue to build a community where all are welcome.

Immigration Reform from the Heart of God

Heart of God, full of mercy, watch over our sister and brother immigrants.Protect them from harm even as they suffer mistreatment and humiliations on their way.

Touch with your goodness the hearts of we who see them pass by. Break open our hearts to embrace them and the gift that they are to our communities.

Heart of God, full of compassion, give our brothers and sisters in Congress the gift of compassion. Open their eyes to the pain and longing of those affected by their decisions. Give them wisdom as they struggle to repair our unjust immigration system. Break open their hearts to embrace the dreams of our immigrant parents, siblings, and friends.

Heart of God, full of love, we give you glory for all the blessings you have given us.

Help us to share those blessings with others that we may all know that you are a God of mercy, a God of compassion, a God of love.

Break open our hearts that we might embrace the challenge to build a land, a nation, a community where all are welcome.

Taken from http://fastaction.us/pray/prayers/

Please help spread the news. We are asking your help in our effort to have the documentary, Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America, air on NBC stations across the country. This film is a one-hour account of the history of the contributions of Catholic Sisters to the history and culture of the United States, from their arrival on this land in 1727 to today.

The documentary will be available to all NBC affiliates, for broadcasts, at their discretion, from September 15, 2013 to March 15, 2014, as an episode of NBC's "Horizons of the Spirit" series, presented in partnership with the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission. It is not a "must carry" program so each station decides when, or if, it airs the film.

Monday, 15 July 2013 00:00

610 combined years as a Poor Handmaid

On Saturday July 6, ten of our Jubilarians celebrated 610 years as Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ! Typical of many PHJC gatherings, the celebration started with prayer and renewal of vows at Mass and continued with a festive meal and gathering in Cana Hall in the Motherhouse. Later in the evening, the celebration ended with an ice cream social and a presentation on the lives of jubilarians.

 

Sr. Jeanne Koehler, a 75-year Jubilarian, and Sr.Marlene Ann Lama wave to the Sisters at Catherine Kasper Home who were watching via closed circuit TV. Sisters Coletta Wrasman, Annemarie Kampwerth and Virginia Kampwerth, 50-year jubilarians, sing a song they learned as novices.

Sisters Inez Wilmering and Julienne Smith, with a combined 140 years as Poor Handmaids,  thank the Sisters for celebrating with them and making this a memorable day. Sisters Patricia Belting and Magdala Oswald enjoyed the noise makers that helped celebrate this special occasion.

 

All Jubilarians were just

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, a ministry sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, announces $440,350 in grants in the first five months of 2013 to local organizations to improve the health, wellness and health care access for the low-income and vulnerable in Allen County.

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ have had active ministry programming in this community since 1868, and through this Foundation have invested $14,184,684 through 915 grants into 174 Allen County agencies since the sale of St. Joseph Medical Center in 1998. All grants are focused on helping to establish and maintain centers of excellence in mental, physical and spiritual health care delivery to the low-income in our community and building programming to address gaps that prevent individuals from attaining health and wellness. The funded agencies also reflect many of the values of the Foundation’s sponsor, including respecting the dignity of each person served.

 

In addition to providing grants, the Foundation also provides programming to address gaps in services, including operating Project Connect, which provides the Medical Interpretation & Healthcare Navigation Program for Burmese refugees and immigrants, and a Resource Directory of Allen County’s low-cost, quality healthcare resources. The Resource Directory also provides an alert service to upcoming health and wellness opportunities and fairs, which is available to the community on-line at www.sjchf.org.

The following grants have been funded in 2013 through May 31:

Unrestricted Funds

AIDS Task Force
$8,000
Provide for emergency medical assistance to men, women, and children living with HIV in Allen County.

Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health
$44,000
To continue to provide efficient, timely and accurate interpretation and translation services to refugees seeking medical and environmental services.

Cancer Services
$15,000
Support for Client Advocate program and financial assistance to help low-income cancer patients and their families with prescription costs and medical co-pays for cancer-related costs.

Catholic Charities
$27,000
For the Hispanic Health Advocate Program to provide supported services for Spanish-speaking individuals and families in order to maximize their access to health care services through interpretation, translation and coordination of health services.

Cedars HOPE
$7,500
To provide medical advocacy and supportive services for Cedars HOPE residents who were homeless, have a serious mental illness, and are of low income.

Community Transportation Network
$30,000
To provide affordable, dependable specialized medical transportation services for seniors, persons with disabilities, and low-income persons.

Crime Victim Care of Allen County
$20,000
For the salary of the part-time immigrant victim care provider to assist clients in the Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group and related family groups for non-English speaking clients.

East Wayne Street Center
$20,000
To provide 50% of the Health Coordinator's Salary and Benefits.

Headwaters Counseling
$25,000
Operating support for mental health and substance abuse counseling to very low-income families and individuals ($20,000) and for mental health assessments and counseling as needed for partnering homeless shelters to provide centralized services to individuals in high-risk, homeless situations to move them towards wellness ($5,000).

Healthier Moms and Babies
$15,000
A matching grant furthering the mission of improving the outcome of pregnancy and reducing infant mortality among high-risk, low-income families.

HealthVisions of Fort Wayne
$1,500
Sponsorship for the 6th Annual Meeting of the Allen County Health Disparity Coalition on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, focusing on the topic of Healthcare Reform The Role of Mainstream Media.

HearCare Connection
$20,000
Support for hearing clinics for low-income individuals.

Hope Alive
$15,000
Support for apartment housing and comprehensive services to assist homeless women in becoming healthy, productive members of our community in the Transitional Housing Program.

Lutheran Social Services of Indiana
$25,000
To continue to maintain the level of Intergenerational Activities and staffing that enhances wellness for the children at Children's Village and residents of Lutheran Life Village.

McMillen Center for Health Education
$25,000
To provide vital health curriculum to youth preschool through fourth grade, teaching the importance of nutrition, wellness, fitness, and drug abuse prevention as it pertains to keeping their bodies healthy.

Mental Health America in Allen County
$20,000
To provide client advocacy and education for people living with mental health issues, so that they have access to the prevention, treatment and recovery programs they need to be successful.

NAMI of Fort Wayne
$4,850
To facilitate a Clergy Workshop and to develop training and ongoing support for NAMI Volunteer Advocates to help people impacted by incarceration.

National Conference of Burmese-American Catholics
$1,500
Support for spiritual health opportunities at the Annual Gathering Event of the National Conference of Burmese-American Catholics in Fort Wayne in September 2013.

Neighborhood Health Clinics
$50,000
To subsidize low-income, uninsured patients who receive dental services on a sliding fee scale, including the school Dental Sealant Program.

SoulMedic Media Group RemedyLIVE
$15,000
To continue to give Biblical guidance to young adults who come to the SoulMedic website or text with hurts, habits and hang ups.

Women’s Care Center
$35,000
For support as a platinum sponsor of the Tippmann-McArdle golf outing and to underwrite client care with the objective of helping more women choose life for their babies and have access to quality health care and health education.

Blessed Catherine Kasper Award for Outstanding Service to the Poor

Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County
$1,500
Operating support for "A Baby's Closet" to purchase safety car seats, baby cribs, diapers, and other items not donated so low-income families can adequately and safely care for their infants.

Fort Wayne Urban League
$1,500
To purchase curriculum, online assessment software, and supplies for science programming in the After School Academy.

Homebound Meals
$1,500
To subsidize low-income clients who are unable to pay the full cost of the hot nutritional meals.

Light of the Cross Outreach Ministries
$1,500
Operating support for "Taste and See: A Ministry of Healthful Eating."

Peanut Butter Ministries
$1,500
To provide meals to local low-income children during breaks from school.

Society of St. Vincent DePaul
$1,500
To transport individuals to their medical/therapy appointments in the Care Van.

Three Rivers Right to Life Educational Trust Fund
$1,500
To fund the Diaper Giveaway Project for low-income families.

Wellspring Interfaith Social Services
$1,500
To enable Wellspring to continue to provide services to those who live in the core of the city.

Frederick J. Pfeiffer Fund – in Honor of Charles F. and Henrietta Eckart Pfeiffer – for Medical and Surgical Equipment

Early Childhood Alliance
$4,000
To purchase hearing screening devices, printer and start-up supplies.

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