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liturgical musician, Karen Schneider Kirner

Karen Schneider Kirner will perform in the Ancilla Domini Chapel at the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Ministry Center on Sunday September 9, 2012. The free concert will begin at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

Karen Schneider Kirner is on the staff of Campus Ministry, University of Notre Dame, as a liturgical musician. She directs the Notre Dame Celebration and Handbell Choirs and serves as Associate Director/Accompanist of the Notre Dame Folk Choir. She is also an assistant organist at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Visiting the greenhouses that provides fresh food for the Ministry Center | Photo by Cecily Fultz

The staff and faculty of St. Thomas the Apostle School (STA) in Chicago held a spiritual retreat at the PHJC Ministry Center. Cecily Fultz the Marketing and Development Director for the school writes, “STA educators attend spiritual retreats that provide nourishment for their souls. Our teachers and staff were fortunate to spend one of the last days of school with the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.”

“We are God’s hands”  the groups motto, says it all.

Thirteen young adults from the St. Michael’s High School Youth Group participated in a service project at the PHJC Ministry Center on July 1.

This is the fourth year that the Youth Group participated in a mission trip to help others. However, this year was a little different. Instead of traveling to another state, they decided to find local projects. The PHJC Ministry Center was a lucky recipient of their service. The group cleaned and scrubbed statues and benches to remove years of dirt.

As they cleaned the statues of saints, Sister Linda Volk, PHJC and Sister Roberta Christianson, PHJC talked about the saint and provided history on each of the statues.

2012 Jubilarians

On Sunday, June 17th, Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ gathered in Donaldson, Indiana to honor the 2012 jubilarians. Eight Sisters celebrated special anniversaries as Poor Handmaids.

October 14, 1928 - July 2, 2012

Sister Bertram Boeving, PHJC

Sister Bertram Boeving, PHJC, passed away on July 2, 2012 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to William and Bertha Boeving in St. Louis, Missouri on October 14, 1928. She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1949 along with her sister, Sister Wilma Boeving, PHJC.

Sister Bertram began ministering in healthcare in 1952. She was as a pediatric and OB nurse and administrator in several hospitals in Indiana and Illinois. Twenty years later she changed ministry and served in pastoral care at a number of facilities. Sister Bertram also served as Local Leader at Convent Ancilla Domini and served the PHJC community.

In a reflection written for her 50-year jubilee, Sister Bertram states, “Whether success or failure, in fulfilling expectations or not, depends on your purpose in life. To me, there is no failure when I do it for the love of God.”

May Sister Bertram rest in peace!

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

Sisters Judith Diltz, Melanie Rauh and Joan Fisher attended the “Nun’s on the Bus” rally to show their support.

On June 21 and 22, several Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, in support, attended the “Nuns on the Bus” rally in South Bend, Indiana.

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Congratulations to the new leadership teams of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ India Provinces.

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I came to St. John Orphanage in the early 70s as a 5-year-old little girl along with my brother Kenny who was severely abused by our mother. I remember Sr. Roberta and Sr. Theresa the most. Sr. Roberta worked with the boys and Sr. Theresa worked with us girls. My brother Kenny lived there with me for a couple of years and I know he gave Sr. Roberta a run for her money! (I'm sure I did! LOL) I remember her being tough and she would get out there with us kids and play kick ball, softball or whatever we were doing as an activity. Thank you for that Sr. Roberta.

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