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Sister Mary Jane Sloderbeck, PHJC, formerly known as Sister Irene, passed away on February 17, 2014 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to Elijah and Anna (Riplinger) Sloderbeck in Marion, Indiana on June 22, 1926. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1947.

Ancilla College graduated its 47th class in school history on Saturday, May 3, at the Ancilla Domini Chapel. The College awarded 78 students their degrees.

“Commencement is a special moment in the life of any college or university,” said Ancilla College President Dr. Ron May. “It is a time of recognizing the great efforts of the graduates in the completion of degrees. It also is a new beginning for each of those graduates whether they plan to transfer on to a senior college to complete a bachelor’s degree or go directly into the world of work. It is a time of joy for the graduates and their families. It is, similarly, a moment of joy for the faculty and staff who assisted the graduates on the way to earning a degree.”

Joan Haugh, Executive Director of Community Services of Starke County, was on hand to deliver the commencement address. “We are especially grateful to Mrs. Joan Haugh for delivering the commencement address this year. Mrs. Haugh is the quintessential example of how to live one’s life in service to others,” said May. A reception organized by the Ancilla Alumni Association followed, as Ancilla faculty, staff, students, and their families gathered in Cana Hall for fellowship and refreshments.

“Commencement at Ancilla College is such an exciting time,” said Dr. Joanna Blount, Dean of Academic and Student Services. “It is a celebration and culmination of hard work by students and faculty. Marching across the stage, changing the tassel from right to left – these are signs of achievement and, for some, the fulfillment of a dream that students did not expect to accomplish. We see the ways in which our students grew and flourished with the individual attention they receive from faculty and staff and know that we have shaped the lives of our students, that we have started them on a journey that will last a lifetime.”

An Honors Convocation was also held on Friday, May 2, at the Ancilla Domini Chapel, as outstanding students were honored for their achievements. Of the 78 graduates, 17 received recognition for graduating Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude.

Another 22 were honored for their affiliation with Ancilla’s Beta Beta Beta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college honor society in American higher education. 23 were honored with being named among Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Receiving special honors were:Amanda Amstutz, Fort Wayne, (Scholar of Distinction), Jalon Linville, Louisville, KY, (Outstanding Male Scholar-Athlete), Mieka Wagner, Evansville, (Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete), Mariah Adams, Plymouth and Ramon Blancovargas, Plymouth, (Outstanding Portfolio Award), Amanda Amstutz and Joe McCrammer, Plymouth, (All-Indiana Academic Team), Mariah Adams and Lynndie Mitchell, Plymouth, (Behavioral Sciences Award), Rachel Hansen, Dorset, OH, (Liberal Studies Award), Mieka Wagner (Science, Mathematics, and IT Award), Rashell Beron, Knox, (English Award), Ashley Cooke, Grovertown, (Nursing Award), Daniel Seago, North Judson and Desiree Narkawicz, North Liberty (Business Administration Award) and Jill Gavlick, Culver, (Religion and Philosophy Award).

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

Poor Handmaids are known for listening to the needs and responding in a courageous way. Sometimes this means opening or closing new ministries, or changing the focus of a ministry.

Sister Joyce Diltz, PHJC, Director of Bethany Retreat House in East Chicago, Indiana, listened to the Spirit in 1992 when she began providing silent retreat space at Bethany Retreat House. Along with day and overnight silent retreats and ongoing spiritual direction, over the years, Bethany added various workshops and reflection groups to its offerings, and has discontinued others.

Turtles, Frogs, Caddisflies, Butterfly caterpillars, Snails, Stoneflies, Mussels, Earthworms, Ground Beetles…Dragonflies and Preying Mantises…

What do these apparently insignificant animals do for us?

Plenty!

A few months ago, I received a Facebook message from a friend inquiring if I would be interested in serving on the board of Sojourner Truth House (STH). My mind immediately raced back to my previous encounters with the organization. I smiled when I thought of the Walk for STH and how it made me feel to join a sea of others walking to make a difference in the lives of women and their children.

The Valparaiso University Chorale, one of the top Lutheran choirs in the United States, will be coming to Donaldson on Saturday Feb 22. The concert will take place at the Ancilla Domini Chapel, The Center at Donaldson, 9601 Union Road, in Plymouth, IN at 7:00 p.m. EST.

In Memory of Sister Philomene Pawlik, PHJC

Thursday, 26 December 2013 12:41

Sister Philomene Pawlik, PHJC passed away on December 25, 2013 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to Hugo and Filomena (Romanovsky) Pawlik in Knox, Indiana on July 6, 1923. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1944.

Sister Philomene began ministering in the medical profession in 1946 at St. Anne Hospital, Chicago.  Over the next 51 years she served as a nursing, medical and surgical supervisor; clinical instructor; pediatric playroom supervisor; in pastoral care; or Sister hostess at many medical facilities throughout Indiana and Illinois. When the Catherine Kasper Home opened in 1970, she became the first head nurse and between 1985-1989, she served as Parish Ministry volunteer at Our Lady of Prairie in Belle Plaine, Minnesota.

Sister Philomene retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 1997.

Once when reflecting back on her life, Sister Philomene said the most comforting word to her was faith – faith in God and faith in the people that touched her life.  She said being a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ meant to love and work in the presence of God and in the footsteps of Blessed Catherine Kasper.

May Sister Philomene rest in peace!

Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, IN 46513.

Associating News (Winter 2013)

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 10:27

In This Issue:

  • Associates Celebrate Gathering XI and 30th Anniversary
  • Jan Macey Keeps Things Running Smoothly
  • Update from East One
  • In Memory of Our Sister
  • Listening to God's Call: Catherine Kasper Vocation Center in Mexico
  • Associate John Powen - Did you Know?
  • South Region Associate Welcome Rita Heimann
  • Upcoming 2014 MoonTree Studios Experiences

Word Gathering (Winter 2013)

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 00:00

 

In this issue:

  • New Board Member Reflects on Involvement with Sojourner Truth House
  • The Associate Community Celebrates 30 Years
  • Ancilla Alumni Visits Poor Handmaids in Mexico
  • Poor Handmaids Culminate Their Celebration of 25 Years of Presence in Mexico
  • Fall Fundraising Events
  • Choosing Compassion: The Paradox of Power
  • Earthworks First Annual Farm to Fork Dinner
  • "Little Boy Blue" - Part One
  • Tree Planted in Honor of Dr. Otis Bowen
  • Then... and Now... and Everything in Between
  • Catherine Kasper Life Center Recognized for Outstanding Resident Satisfaction
  • Hands that Serve, Hearts that Care
  • Photo Gallery: MoonTree Studios 2013
  • LARE Grant for Lake Galbraith
  • Poor Handmaid Ministries Continue to Serrve in Fort Wayne
  • Sr. Henrietta Okeke Professes Perpetual Vows
  • Notes from Our Readers
  • Sojourner Truth House Board Member Recognized
  • In Memory of Our Sister

This workshop has been rescheduled for December 18, 2013 due to weather. A life overflowing with work, children, and filled schedules can make going back to school seem too difficult. News of tuition increases can make it seem too expensive. For some it may be the fear of going back to school after years away from classrooms and homework. Ancilla College is offering two ways adults can become successful college students in 2014.

On Wednesday, December 11th, Ancilla is holding a free workshop for adults who are interested in returning to school. “College for Adult Learners” is set for 6 to 7:30 pm on Ancilla’s campus in room 231. Workshop materials, food and parking are free.

“The workshop will feature information on Ancilla programs, classes and degree options plus offer insights into financial aid options for adult students returning to school after several years’ absence,” Ancilla’s Sarah Lawrence said.

Lawrence, the assistant director of Admissions at the college, said offering a free workshop was an easy way for adults to get a chance to see the college. “We’re offering the workshop in the evening so working adults can come in after work and see the options we have available,” she said.

“Over half of students in Indiana who attended college in the last ten years did not finish with a degree. At Ancilla we can work with adults to get back into college and learn the skills they need to succeed with flexible evening, online and Saturday courses,” Lawrence said.

Ancilla College is also trying to make it easier for adult learners to try out college by offering a free course to adult students as part of the “We Believe in You” program. “We Believe in You” allows any adult, 21-years and older, who has not yet earned 10 college credits, to take a class with up to three credit hours at no cost (free tuition and fees).

In addition, all students in the program will have an academic advisor to assist them with every aspect of attending college for the first time, including help with the registration process, completing a financial aid application, choosing educational opportunities, and more. Spring classes begin Jan. 6, 2014 at Ancilla’s campus near Plymouth.

“We Believe in You” was created in 1988 by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. “Over 50 people have taken part in this program,” said Admissions Director Eric Wignall.

“Many of them have gone on to take more classes and several have completed college degrees. They started with one course to test the waters and took advantage of the opportunity to restart their education. Adult students can use the ‘We Believe in You’ grant on top of other financial aid from federal and state programs to launch a college degree,” Wignall said.

Originally the program was designed for students who had never attended college, but this year the program was expanded to students and military veterans who may have taken a few courses but did not continue with a degree program. “If you are an older student who tried college, but earned less than 10 credit hours, you can come to Ancilla and get the extra help and information you need to be successful today,” Wignall said.

Both the free workshop and college course are ways that Ancilla is engaging with the region’s workforce. “College is not just for 19-year-olds. Working adults at any age can still earn a college degree, moving their education and career forward,” Lawrence said.

“Taking a college course in writing or computer technology can jump-start a college degree at any age. Faced with a difficult jobs outlook today I expect to see more students across Northern Indiana to take that first step in college and receive up to three credits of coursework for free,” she said.

For more information on the workshop or “We Believe in You,” please contact the Ancilla College Admissions Office at (574) 936-8898.

Sister Christiane Humpert, a German PHJC Sister, was the featured presenter for the Ancilla College Lampen Lecture series Wednesday, November 13.

Sister Christiane discussed the life and experience of Sister Aloysia Löwenfels, another PHJC Sister, who was a victim of the Holocaust.Sister Christiane has been a student of Sister Aloysia for some time and was born in Germany right before the beginning of WWII.

The story Sister Christiane shared was a touching account of how Sister Aloysia, a young Jewish woman, became a PHJC Sister.  Sister Aloysia was born into a German Jewish family but was educated like many young Jewish girls in a Christian school. She adopted the faith and left her family and home country to become a Sister in the Netherlands. During WWII she was found and arrested. She was sent to Westerbork, a holding camp in the Netherlands before being transported and killed in the gas chambers at Auschwitz.

“A significant historical event such as the holocaust takes on new meaning when we hear the stories of individual persons deeply affected by the event.  The intolerance, prejudice, and hate shown to Sister Aloysia and the other Christian Jews who died with her show us how devastating these negative thoughts, emotions, and actions can be.   Our present generation has the task of combating the intolerance, prejudice, and hate that we see in our country and in our world.  A very big task,” explained Sister Carleen Wrasman, coordinator of mission integration at Ancilla College.

The Lampen Lecture Series is free lectures open to the public and is held in Room 231 at Ancilla College. The series was named for Sr. Joel Lampen, the first president of Ancilla College, who opened the doors of Ancilla to the local community. 

The Lampen Lecture Series was designed to combine the universality of the Catholic Church, the international character of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, who sponsor Ancilla College, and the Earth Charter to promote thinking beyond one’s own experiences and interests. 

The Lampen Lecture Series will continue in the spring semester.

In Memory of Sister Vivian Brand, PHJC

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 00:00

Sister Vivian Brand, PHJC passed away on November 17, 2013 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to Henry and Josephine (Foppe) Brand in Germantown, Illinois on April 11, 1917. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1938.

Sister Vivian spent her whole life in education.  She began teaching in 1940 at St. Boniface School in Edwardsville, Illinois and in 1946 she taught at St. Augustine High School in Chicago, Illinois.  In 1946 she came to Donaldson to be the assistant dean/dean, librarian and teacher at Ancilla High School and later, as teacher, dean, professor and library volunteer at Ancilla College.  From 1946 until her death she lived and worked in Donaldson.  She will be buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Donaldson. 

Regarding education, Sr. Vivian said, “Serving God’s poor in the education ministry was rewarding, especially in the college.  Many students were nontraditional; many were the first in their families to attend college.  Helping them to attain marketable skills to support themselves and their families fulfilled a purpose of the college.”

May Sister Vivian rest in peace!

Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, IN 46513.

Former Governor of Indiana, Dr. Otis Bowen, was remembered on campus Thursday, October 31st.

Dr. Bowen had several connections to the Center at Donaldson including his time as an Ancilla College board member and Catherine Kasper Life Center resident.

“Dr. Bowen was a powerful advocate on behalf of Ancilla College and we are thankful for his service as a trustee and his contributions to the college.Through his generosity, Dr. Bowen has enabled us to continue to fulfill our mission.” said Dr. Ron May, president of Ancilla College,

In response to his dedication to Ancilla College and his time at the Catherine Kasper home, a “kousa” dogwood was planted. The hope is that the tree’s presence will remind those living, working, and studying on campus of Dr. Bowen’s generosity.

A small ceremony was planned for the event which included reflections by Dr. May, Margie Pixey, CKH chaplain, and Carol Bowen, Dr. Bowen’s wife. Todd Zeltwanger, executive director of institutional advancement at Ancilla College, opened the floor for audience sharing and several attendees included memories they had with Dr. Bowen. Sr. Carleen Wrasman, director of mission integration at Ancilla College closed the ceremony with a responsive prayer.

Dr. Bowen was elected Governor of Indiana in 1972 and served two terms in office. Later in his career, he was appointed as Secretary of Health and Human Services under the Reagan Administration, which he served until 1989. After his busy political career, he retired to Bremen, IN.

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


The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health Board recognized the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and their sponsor, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, on Monday, October 22 for their ongoing record of support which began in 2000.    Health Department Administrator Mindy Waldron read a statement noting that at a time when the funding of public health departments is at an all-time low in the United States--and Indiana specifically is 50th in terms of federal dollars coming to the state for public health initiatives -- the Foundation's ongoing support of important public health projects  has been exceptionally generous.

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation's support began in 2000 with a grant of $622 to assist the Health Department in holding a Legislative Breakfast to speak to local legislators about five major public health issues in need of attention.  Since then, the Foundation has awarded 25 more grants including but not limited to a Teens Against Tobacco Public Service Announcement campaign, Lead Poisoning Prevention Case Managers salary support, the establishment of the Department's electronic medical records and most recently, medical interpreters enabling the treatment of Burmese refugees.  These grants have totaled $986,280 over the past thirteen years.

Read the full speech recognizing SJCHF's Meg Distler and staff by clicking here.

On October 13, 2013, hundreds of guests came to The Center at Donaldson to celebrate the Poor Handmaids' 90th year in Donaldson.  Guests were treated to an ice cream social at Catherine Kasper Home and popcorn and lemonade in Cana Hall while they perused the ministries’ displays or watched a slide show of pictures from the past 90 years.

Tours of the ministries and the beautiful chapel were available, as well as an opportunity to step back in time to rooms decorated with items used many years ago. Dressed in the original PHJC habit, Sisters Sharon Marie Fox and Rosemary Jung explained the antique items that were on display.  A time line of pictures lined the wall to Cana Hall.  Many people spent time looking at and reading about the Poor Handmaids and their ministries.  A video played showing how Poor Handmaids have reused and re-purposed items or rooms in their Motherhouse throughout the years. 

It was a beautiful fall day in Donaldson.  Guests strolled the grounds, sat and visited, and enjoyed their time at The Center.  Mr. Ed Savage, a Maria Center resident, won the raffled basket of items donated by all the ministries.

Sister Henrietta Okeke, PHJC professed perpetual vows in the Congregation of Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Poor Handmaid Sisters, Associate Community members, Fiat Spiritus Community members, family and friends attended the Mass and dinner in celebration of her commitment to God.  Sister Henrietta is a Poor Handmaid Nigerian Sister currently living and completing her studies at Bethel College in the United States.

Sister Judith Diltz, PHJC Provincial of the American Province had the honor of serving as the primary witness and representative of the congregation.  With prayerful joy Sister Henrietta professed her vows of obedience, chastity and poverty.  She asked for the deepening of God’s love, the support of the Church, and, as a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ, to continue in the spirit of Blessed Catherine Kasper to respond to the needs of the day for the remainder of her life. 

Sister Judith Diltz responded, “We confirm that you, Sister Henrietta, are now one with us as members of this religious congregation of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, sharing all things in common with us for the future.” With that, Sister Henrietta received a standing ovation. 

Father John Zemelko, Father Mark Enemali, CSSp and Father John Eze were concelebrants at Mass. 

Congratulation Sister Henrietta!

Our vocation shows us . . . the path we should tread in the new year, namely to seek our loving God in greater perfection, to serve and to love Him more perfectly from one day to the next, from one week to the next, and from one month to the next.

-Blessed Catherine Kasper - Newsletter, December 1884

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.

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, through the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, formed Catherine Kasper Place at a critical time to respond to a crucial need in the refugee community in Fort Wayne. There was an unusually large influx of refugees over a short time period, many of whom were ill-equipped to deal with the realities of living in the United States.

The formation of Catherine Kasper Place was an extension of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ’s ongoing ministries to the poor and underserved in Fort Wayne and Allen County. Catherine Kasper Place served as a catalyst in Fort Wayne, bringing attention to the plight of the Burmese refugees and providing programs, services and opportunities that advance the integration of immigrants, refugees and political asylees into the community.

As time went on, other organizations recognized the needs of this community and responded as well, until in 2012 the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation recognized the likelihood of duplication of services. True North Strategic Advisors, LLC was engaged to strategically assess the role Catherine Kasper Place played in providing service and determine the ongoing need for those services.

The strategic assessment led to the following conclusions:

1.  There is a duplication of services with over thirty social service
     organizations providing programs targeting the refugee population.

2.  Influx of refugees slowed and the breadth of need by refugees lessened
     as they began integration into the community.

2.  The cost of Catherine Kasper Place providing services was not the
     optimal use of Poor Handmaid resources.

 

As a result of careful study and prayerful reflection, it has been determined that certain programs of Catherine Kasper Place will be discontinued. Other Catherine Kasper Place programs are being transitioned to community partners better positioned to address the needs, and the health related programs are being examined for transition to the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation to operate.

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ have ministered in Fort Wayne since 1868, responding to the needs of the vulnerable populations with emphasis on Community, Simplicity, Openness to the Spirit, and Dignity and Respect for all. They will continue to provide services to the poor and underserved in Fort Wayne through the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Health Visions Fort Wayne.

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

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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

Word Gathering (Fall 2013)

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 00:00
    In this issue
  • A Letter from the Editor
  • 11th Annual Nazareth Home Gala: Come… Dine… Celebrate 20 Years of Miracles!
  • Fiat Spiritus Community Celebrates the Vows of a New Member
  • The Sisters, Their “Children” and Meaningful Years: Looking Back at Angel Guardian Orphanage
  • An Update from Casa Catalina de Mexico
  • Photo Gallery: Formation in Mexico
  • Reflections on Rome and Dernbach Journey
  • A Great Success! The 14th Annual Walk for Sojourner Truth House
  • “I came back to say thank you…”
  • Students Work to Support Boys in Kenya and Form Bond with a Special Sister
  • Sister Michelle Dermody Supports Operation Quiet Comfort
  • SJCHF: A Look at the Super Shot Program
  • Respecting, Preserving and Protecting All of Creation
  • In Memory of Our Sister and Associates
  • “We Let the Poor Evangelize Us…”
  • 2013 Word Gathering Survey
  • An Exciting Update – New Foster Mother

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.

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