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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!

In Memory of Fr. Edward H. Konerman, S.J.

Wednesday, 07 March 2012 15:19

April 10, 1925 - February 24, 2012

Fr. Edward Konerman, S.J.

Fr. Edward H. Konerman, S.J. died on Friday, February 24, 2012, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan.

Fr. Konerman was born on April 10, 1929 in Covington, Kentucky. He entered the Society of Jesus on September 19, 1945 at Milford, Ohio. He was ordained on June 18, 1958 at West Baden, Indiana, and professed final vows on February 2, 1964.

Fr. Konerman taught Theology to seminarians at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary (Mundelein, IL) from 1963-1985 and was the Praeses (chairman) of the ecclesiastical faculty from 1979-1985. He was the Freshman Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Loyola University Chicago from 1986-1995. From 1976-1996 he was also the secretary for the Catholic Theological Society of America . Fr. Konerman was a chaplain for the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ from 1996-2012 and moved to Colombiere Center in January 2012.

May he rest in peace.

Samuel Hoffman | Journal Gazette

New partners, but mission to help refugees unchanged


FORT WAYNE - Fort Wayne's Burmese Advocacy Center has reopened in a new location, a move its leadership said reflects a commitment to the ongoing needs of the local refugee and immigrant population.

The 1,200-square-foot space at 2424 Lake Ave. will offer immigrants and refugees services, including family budgeting, job-skills training and placement, health, language and ethnic community leadership training and child-care counseling.

Photo from http://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2010/01/09/human-trafficking-news/

Hotels in the Indianapolis area are better equipped to recognize and help victims of human trafficking—thanks to an initiative launched before the February 5 Super Bowl by a group of 11 orders of Catholic women religious in Indiana and Michigan in collaboration with state and local officials and organizations.

The goal of the initiative is to raise awareness about human trafficking, assure that hotel staff receive appropriate training, and distribute educational materials to hotels willing to make them available in lobbies and guest rooms..

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Father Ed Konerman, SJ, retiring after 16 years as Chaplain at the PHJC Ministry Center, celebrated his last Mass in the Ancilla Domini Chapel and the Catherine Kasper Home Chapel on January 29, 2012.

PNC helps to fund the Little Plumb program

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and the Allen County Department of Health through their co-sponsored “Lead Poisoning Prevention & Healthy Homes Program,” received a $27,000 grant from PNC Foundation to fund Turnstone's “Little Plumbs” program. This program, created with input from the Healthy Homes staff, helps pre-school children afflicted with lead poisoning receive specialized speech therapy, occupational therapy, early childhood education, and nutritional snacks and meals to prepare them to successfully enter school.

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3, 2, 1, Lift Off - Lindenwood's new website launched January 17, 2012. It offers a more sophisticated look and ease of use for viewers. Features include additional and enhanced views of our meeting room and grounds, on-line mailing list sign-up, event inquiry form to schedule at Lindenwood and much, much more.

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When the Poor Handmaids gathered and created a musical CD, they did not know the ripple effect that effort would create. Sales of those songs purchase elk hides. The elk hides are used by creative youth in Chicago to make their own handmade drums. The drums bring a message of PEACE to a Chicago neighborhood steeped in violence. A small stone makes many ripples.

“Over 300 youth under the age of 20 perished in Chicago in the past three years, three in the last two months,” said Father Bruce Wellems to the crowd gathered outside the Holy Cross/Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. He challenges parish members to make their own wood drums in the way of Native Americans who believe “If 100 drums beat as one, you can move the earth toward peace.” The drum is central to the Native American community and ceremony and considered to be the heartbeat of the Earth.

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The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, operated by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, recently announced $532,813 in grants to local organizations to improve health, wellness and health care access for the low-income people...

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Storytelling is the art of capturing moments of our lives and sharing those experiences with others. Storytellers make you laugh, cry, relate and question. In honor of Veteran’s Day and those affected by war, five local community members shared their Personal Reflections of War on November 10, 2011 at Catherine Kasper Home Auditorium. This was the first in a series of events sponsored by the Intergenerational Living and Learning Committee and the public was invited.

The auditorium was filled to capacity. People lined the walls; youth offered their seats to the elderly. Sr. Michelle Dermody, PHJC asked for blessings on the program. May Crider, Lindenwood Event Coordinator, lead the audience in singing our national anthem. Many patriotic elderly residents rose and sang, causing nurses to spring to attention as wheelchair alarms sounded.

Terry Sanders

Terry Sanders has been named to the newly created position of Executive Director, PHJC Foundation/Vice President, Development Services effective November 14, 2011. Terry will oversee all development activities within the PHJC Foundation.  She will be responsible for directing the comprehensive development office for PHJC ministries to design and propose fundraising strategies, and to obtain financial and public support for PHJC ministries.

BOO Grams

GARY | One last Halloween ghost stuck around at Forest Ridge Academy and perched on the shoulder of middle school teacher Julie Anderson recently as she delivered a donation to Sojourner Truth House Executive Director Sr. Peg Spindler, CSA, who oversees the Gary day center for homeless and at-risk women and children.

Forest Ridge Academy middle school students raised approximately $750 for the day center by selling $1 Boo Grams, personalized notes attached to small candies or balls decorated to look like ghosts.

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The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ present a seasonal concert. The Culver Academies Choir, directed by Stacey Warren, and members of the Culver Academies Band and Orchestra, directed by Major William Browne, and Chad Gard, Assistant Director, will perform a program of Christmas music and other selections on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. EST in the Ancilla Domini Chapel, PHJC Ministry Center in Donaldson, Indiana.

Artists in Action - MoonTree Community open house

MoonTree Community Studios will host Artists in Action, its official open house on October 22 from 1:30 to 4:00pm. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. The Blessing of the Buildings will take place at 2:30pm. There will be live art demonstrations, performances by local musicians and dancers, tours of the new facilities, ecological presentations, and family fun. There is no cost and refreshments will be provided. Exhibition of the Elders will be on display in the gallery. This exhibition will include works presented by the Elders of MoonTree Community.

Kenya

Change is part of a Poor Handmaids life. They go where the Spirit leads. Sr. Esther Dolezal, PHJC spent many years in the dry, warm area of Materi Girls’ School in Kenya where she devoted herself to fulfilling needs of the children at Materi and the Caring Place Home for Boys. Her new mission is very different - the pharmacy at St. Anne Hospital. Sister Esther dispenses medication to the people of Igoji, Kenya.

Igoji (E go Gee) is located in the forested hills east of Mount Kenya. The higher elevation is a bit cooler even though it is near the equator.  Sr. Esther explained that trained medical professionals are scarce in the region. Her mission was born of necessity. St. Anne Mission Hospital is a small facility that provides local health care for conditions like wounds, malaria, and parasitic infections. If the patient has a complex case, they are stabilized and transferred to a larger hospital. The larger hospitals are often severely overcrowded. The smaller St. Anne’s Hospital is a preferred health resource for the local community.

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