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The members of the Provincial Leadership Team of the American Province of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ are members of LCWR, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. As women religious we continue our daily response to faithfully living the Gospel.

Holy Week

Holy Week Services Schedule for Ancilla Domini Chapel

DONALDSON, IN - The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ invite all to attend the Holy Week Services at the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Ministry Center.

In Memory of Sister Cecile Wisman, PHJC

Thursday, 29 March 2012 14:01

January 15, 1917 - March 29, 2012

Sister Cecil Wisman, PHJC

Sister Cecile Wisman, PHJC, passed away on March 29, 2012 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to John and Catherine Wisman in Quincy, Illinois on January 15, 1917. She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1946.

Sister Cecile began ministering as a teacher in 1945. For the next 32 years she taught in Illinois, Minnesota, and Indiana and was the organist at several of the schools. For the next 24 years she served at Ancilla College in Donaldson as the Business Office Manager or as a volunteer. She retired in 2001.

May Sister Cecile rest in peace!

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

IN USE BY LITTLE HANDS | Some little ones enjoy table time in the new Child Enrichment Center at Sojourner Truth House. | photo by Lillian Beasley

Sojourner Truth House’s Child Enrichment Center a community gift

GARY, IN – March 26, 2012 – A room inside Sojourner Truth House has been converted into a new Child Enrichment Center, thanks to the creativity and generosity of some Northwest Indiana partners.

The newly refurbished room, which opened March 20 at the Gary day center, is intended to inspire interaction, in a healthy environment, among homeless and at-risk mothers and their children who are clients of Sojourner Truth House.

Foundation’s Health Navigation & Medical Interpretation Program  Serving Medical Community and Burmese Refugees and Immigrants Receives Indiana Perinatal Network’s Spirit of Service Communication Award

The Indiana Perinatal Network has announced that the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation’s Health Navigation & Medical Interpretation Program focused on Burmese refugees and immigrants was awarded the Julie A. Foster Spirit of Communication Award. The award is presented to an organization or individual who, among other criteria, demonstrates a history of using communication methods to promote women’s and infants’ health in a community and shows a creative or innovative approach to marketing or communicating with professional or consumer audiences. According to Julia Tipton Hogan, Program Services Coordinator of the Indiana Perinatal Network, “the Foundation’s Health Navigation & Medical Interpretation program was chosen from among a record number of nominees and really stood out.”

From left to right; Dr. Michael Galligan-Stierle, President of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Archbishop Jean-Louis Brugues, and Dr. Ron May, President of Ancilla College.

Education and faith was the focus of a visit to Ancilla College by Archbishop Jean-Louis Brugues, Wednesday. Archbishop Brugues, a leader in the church’s educational efforts across the globe, came to Donaldson as part of a United States tour of universities and colleges including visits yesterday to Lewis University, Calumet College of Saint Joseph and Ancilla College near Plymouth.

In Memory of Sister Leandra Welling, PHJC

Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:23

November 26, 1925 - March 21, 2012

Sr Leandra Welling

Sister Leandra Welling, PHJC, formerly known as Sister Ralph, passed away on March 21, 2012 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to Henry and Christine Welling in Trenton, Illinois on November 26, 1925. She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1946.

Sister Leandra ministered for 41 years as a childcare provider or administrator. She was a cottage mother at St. Vincent Villa, Fort Wayne and at Angel Guardian Orphanage, Chicago. In 1974 when Angel Guardian closed, she went to St. John’s Day Care, Belleville, Illinois as the director. Sister Leandra then changed ministry and became the Director of the Maria Center independent senior apartments in Donaldson from 1989-1999. After 1999 she continued to help as a volunteer for another six years. Since 2005, she served the PHJC community.

May Sister Leandra rest in peace!

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

Sojourner Truth House Program Services and Outreach  Assistant, Alice Dawson (left); and Social Worker for Homeless Clients, Pam Key (right)

Come join us for the 13th Annual Walk for Sojourner Truth House on Saturday, May 5 at Froebel Alumni Park in Gary - right across the street from the day center. Walk in solidarity with hundreds of supporters and and the homeless or at-risk women and children of Sojourner Truth House - serving more than 1,500 Northwest Indiana women and children per month!

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