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LCWR Statement on Sexual Abuse by Clergy

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 09:38

Coming Home to Celebrate the 150th Anniversary

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 14:27

We Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ continue to honor our rich and lengthy history on August 17-19, 2018 in a weekend event called, “Coming Home to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Poor Handmaid Presence in America.”

Since June 2014, we have organized “PHJC Coming Home” events in various cities in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota where we served. During this final Coming Home, held at The Center at Donaldson, we will continue to honor our connection with the many people who are part of our blessed past, vibrant present and empowered future. 

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ came to America in 1868. During the next 150 years we served in education, childcare, healthcare and other ministries in nearly 400 different organizations. American PHJC Sisters continue to minister today in Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Ohio and Rhode Island, as well as in Mexico, Brazil, Kenya and Germany. 

“Coming Home to celebrate the 150th Anniversary” event includes a reunion for former Poor Handmaids and Ancilla Domini High School students on Friday, August 17.

On Saturday, August 18, starting at 9:00 a.m. EDT and running throughout the day, tours of the campus, social activities, displays, prayer gatherings, visiting, and an early evening cemetery prayer service will be held at The Center at Donaldson.

On Sunday, August 19, 11:00 a.m. EDT Bishop Kevin Rhoades from the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese will celebrate Mass in the Ancilla Domini Chapel at The Center at Donaldson. A reception and program will follow.

Please join us for these free events in celebrating all who have and continue to partner with us in the work of the Spirit.

Click here for the SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

 

 

 

In Memory of Sister Lucy Megaro, PHJC

Sunday, 15 July 2018 11:33

Sister Lucy (Rose) Megaro a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ died on July 12, 2018 in the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 30, 1932 to Carmen and Lucia (Ferarra) Megaro who preceded her in death along with her brothers, Carmen, Christopher and Tony and her sisters, Josie Amato and Della La Femina, She was the youngest of the six children. Sister Lucy is survived by nieces and nephews.

Rose, her name given at birth, was educated by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and after starting high school, she worked as a beautician on the Northside of Chicago. She said she chose to be a Poor Handmaid because she experienced how joyful and caring the Sisters were with children of all ages.

Sister Lucy was a houseparent for adolescent girls at St. Vincent Villa in Fort Wayne, Indiana from 1954-1957. She was expecting to continue to care for girls when she transferred to Angel Guardian Orphanage in Chicago 1957. She was surprised when she was assigned adolescent boys, but her love of sports helped her win them over. She coached many intramural softball teams. Later, she also cared for girls at Angel Guardian Orphanage and served there for the next 17 years. 

Sister received her Associate of Arts degree in child development at Kennedy King College, Chicago and her Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood at Mary Crest College, Davenport, Iowa. She then taught preschool at Angel Guardian Day Care on the south side of Chicago from1985-1990. From 1991 until 2011, Sister Lucy ministered in home health care to the elderly in Chicago and Cincinnati, Ohio. After semi-retiring, she became a volunteer for the Little Brothers of the Poor to continue service to the elderly.  Sister shared, “I have been blessed and challenged in many ways in sharing my gifts with people in various stages of their lives.”

Sister Lucy officially retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2013.

Visitation will be held at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana on Monday, July 16, 2018 from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. EDT. A Prayer Service will be held that same evening at 7:00 p.m. EDT.

The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at Catherine Kasper Home on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 11:15 a.m. EDT.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, Indiana 46513 or on www.poorhandmaids.org.

Update on the Canonization Pilgrimage

Friday, 01 June 2018 16:28

Greetings to all of you who have expressed interest in traveling to Rome/Germany for the canonization of Saint-to-be Katharina Kasper!

Here is the link to the travel agent's brochure and online registration for the pilgrimage to Rome from October 11-18, 2018. All arrangements are being handled by the travel agent.

The Germany trip from October 18-23, 2018, is still being planned.  Note there is a box to check on the reservation form if you are interested in the Germany trip - or if you just want more information about the Germany trip.

This is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it will be such a blessing for all of us to be able to experience it together!

 

 

 

 

Sister Celine Tomasic (Mildred) a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ died on May 12, 2018 in the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana. 

She was born in Gary, Indiana on July 5, 1924 to Steve and Helen (Dolanar) Tomasic who preceded her in death along with her brothers, Joseph and John and her sisters, Rose Frisch, Ann Kachur, Mary Larson and Helen Tomasic. She was the youngest of the seven children. Sister Celine is survived by nieces and nephews. 

As a child, Sister Celine felt close to the Poor Handmaid Sisters at St. Mark School in Gary and wanted to find out what their life was all about. So on December 7, 1943 she entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Congregation and professed her first vows on June 25, 1946. 

Sister received her Bachelor of Education degree at DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois and her master’s degree in Education at St. Francis College, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  

Sister Celine was an elementary teacher in Illinois for 19 years. She served at St. Augustine School, Chicago; St. John, Quincy; St. Boniface, Edwardsville; and St. Henry, Chicago. For the next 41 years she continued as an educator in the Gary, Diocese. Those schools included Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond; St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station; Blessed Sacrament, St. Mark and St. Ann, Gary. 

Sister loved teaching and shared her thoughts in a reflection, “I began teaching in 1945.  Every year each class was fulfilling in a way. Children have a way of making the difficult job of teaching a joy. By striving to lead children to God—God has come to me and graced my life with blessings.” 

In 2006 Sister Celine joined the Woodland Carving Club in Portage, Indiana where she mastered her skill of wood carving. She chiseled many statues including a nativity scene which is displayed at Catherine Kasper Home at Christmas. She shared, “I loved that the Lord let me do something I always wanted to do – CARVE and DRAW. Chiseling is hard work. At times, I thought my arms would fall off. But oh, the satisfaction to show the work of his hands through the work of my hands is a wonderful gift, and just think, he blessed me with that gift. Thank you God!” 

Sister Celine officially retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2011. 

Visitation will be held at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. EDT. A Prayer Service will be held that same evening at 7:00 p.m. EDT. 

The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at Catherine Kasper Home on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11:15 a.m. EDT. 

Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson, Indiana. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ at www.poorhandmaids.org or PO Box 1, Donaldson, Indiana 46513. 

PHJC Sesquicentennial Quilt

Friday, 11 May 2018 06:24
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