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The Alliance for Catholic Education at Notre Dame sponsors a women’s vocation night every July in collaboration with the Chicago Archdiocesan Vocation Association. Sr. Connie Bach worked with Katie Moran and Taylor Kelly to plan this year’s event held virtually due to COVID-19.

Twelve undergrad and graduate students studying to become educators and volunteering throughout the country spent the evening in prayer and conversation with nine CAVA members.

During our panel presentation, topics such as community living, prayer life, the vows, discernment and “next steps” in the process were discussed. Breakout sessions were offered to ask questions of the sisters about these topics. These were followed by three sessions of “vocation speed dating,” also in break out rooms, where discerners could ask any questions of the sisters. The time was not nearly long enough as the women were very interested in the lives of the sisters!

There was great energy in the virtual rooms! Technology helped us to quickly form a sense of community despite COVID-19!

We closed with the following prayer:

Let your gift be to honor God with your heart, with your life, with every
breath you take and in every moment you are awake. May God’s will for
you be revealed in the right time and space, and may God find you ready
to follow that plan for a beautiful and precious life!

Sr. Connie Bach, PHJC
CAVA Events Coordinator

Get to know more about Sister Mary Ellen Goeller, Executive Director, System Services, in her new role as one of the four new executive directors at The Center at Donaldson.

What drew you to this new role within the ministries of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ?

As Executive Director of Ancilla Systems, Inc. (ASI), there were advantages of me moving into this new role, especially since the employees of ASI and The Center at Donaldson are entwined in their daily ministry.

What have you enjoyed the most so far in your new role?

I knew the other directors because of my work with them in their different roles and responsibilities in the past. While I always knew many of the activities that were happening at The Center at Donaldson, I especially enjoy working together with this group while we now talk about different events, listen, discuss any ideas and concerns, and come to a consensus as a team. We are really trying to make sure that sisters, residents and staff are aware and hear the same information on a timely basis.

What are your beliefs about motivating, influencing, serving and leading others?

As a PHJC, I/we are grateful to see the great leadership and care for the earth, as well as, everyone living, working and coming to The Center at Donaldson to see what a special place it is. I am so grateful and know there are many gifted individuals who share in our charism and we will journey into the future together.

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East Chicago, IN — Nazareth Home, a 24-hour group home for medically compromised babies and children has announced that it will be closing its doors after more than 25 years of service to Indiana children. Currently, there are no children living at Nazareth Home, and the organization will be officially closed on August 1, 2020.

Founded in 1993 by The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ to confront the growing problem of abused or abandoned children with unique medical needs, Nazareth Home has served 230 children from newborn to age six (6). Located in a quiet neighborhood in East Chicago, Indiana, children were placed at Nazareth Home through referrals from the Department of Child Services and received the spiritual, physical, and emotional care that is so essential to early childhood development in a home-setting.

In early 2018, Nazareth Home received its license to be a group home. That same year, the Federal Government passed a bill that included the Family First Act, which drastically reduced the number of foster children placed into group homes. As a result, Nazareth Home, like other group homes, has been facing low census the past several years to the point that in mid-July there were no children in the home.

“This is a sad time for all of us. We can take comfort, when we remember all the special children, over the past 25+ years, who have better lives because they received spiritual, emotional and physical care at Nazareth Home,” stated Sister Joetta Huelsmann, Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Provincial.

A special closing ceremony will be held for the dedicated staff and volunteers.

Nazareth Home is a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and administered by Ancilla Systems, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

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The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ are aware of the sexual abuse allegations that have been made against liturgical composer, David Haas, and stand in solidarity with the victims. As new allegations of abusive conduct continue to be reported against Mr. Haas, we hold each victim and their families in prayer.

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