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In Memory of Sister Carmeline Parisi, PHJC

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 11:02

July 4, 1912 - August 29, 2011

Sister Carmeline Parisi, PHJC

Sister Carmeline Parisi, PHJC passed away on August 29, 2011 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born Rose Parisi to Dominic and Teresa (Riente) Parisi on July 4, 1912 in Chicago, Illinois. She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1931.

Sister Carmeline ministered for 40 years as a child care provider at St. Vincent Villa in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Angel Guardian Orphanage, Chicago; and St. John Orphanage in Belleville, Illinois. She also ministered at Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson; Loretto Hospital, New Ulm, Minnesota; Thailand; and St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, Indiana. She retired in 1990.

She was celebrating her 80-year jubilee as a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ this year.

May Sister Carmeline rest in peace!

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

Community Days

Every year the Poor Handmaids in the American Province gather together as a community. This June, Poor Handmaids from around the country and a few from around the world, converged on Donaldson, Indiana for Community Days.

This is a time for learning, for dialogue and reuniting as the PHJC family.

During Community Days, Chelsea Wakefield, MSW, LCSW, led a process on various issues related to leadership. Her sessions were designed to encourage the Sisters to “find voice” and to give expression to the truth in all the dimensions of their lives. The response to her presentations was overwhelmingly positive.

Catherine Kasper’s tomb is draped with flags from all the countries in which PHJCs reside.

The international GPR (General/Province/Region) meeting of Poor Handmaids was held in Dernbach, Germany from July 4-13. This meeting was held for PHJC leadership from around the world to gather and “re-energize, re-direct, re-found, and re-commit” as voiced by Sister Jolise May, General Superior in her opening welcome to the assembly.

She states, “time spent together has helped us grow in the rainbow of colors that makeup our present day PHJC Congregation and has expanded our views to that of a global world and a global church.” Sister Jolise indicated that the GPR logo of the Rainbow hovering over the Heilborn Chapel is a symbol of God’s covenant with His Handmaids.

Photo by Colleen O’Hara

On June 27th,  the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation together with Parkview's Community Health Nursing Program, Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography, the Allen County Department of Health and Super Shot screened and educated over 150 individuals through a variety of healthcare tests at an International Health Fair hosted at Catherine Kasper Place.

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