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We Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ continue to honor our rich and lengthy history on August 17-19, 2018 in a weekend event called, “Coming Home to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Poor Handmaid Presence in America.”

Since June 2014, we have organized “PHJC Coming Home” events in various cities in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota where we served. During this final Coming Home, held at The Center at Donaldson, we will continue to honor our connection with the many people who are part of our blessed past, vibrant present and empowered future. 

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ came to America in 1868. During the next 150 years we served in education, childcare, healthcare and other ministries in nearly 400 different organizations. American PHJC Sisters continue to minister today in Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Ohio and Rhode Island, as well as in Mexico, Brazil, Kenya and Germany. 

“Coming Home to celebrate the 150th Anniversary” event includes a reunion for former Poor Handmaids and Ancilla Domini High School students on Friday, August 17.

On Saturday, August 18, starting at 9:00 a.m. EDT and running throughout the day, tours of the campus, social activities, displays, prayer gatherings, visiting, and an early evening cemetery prayer service will be held at The Center at Donaldson.

On Sunday, August 19, 11:00 a.m. EDT Bishop Kevin Rhoades from the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese will celebrate Mass in the Ancilla Domini Chapel at The Center at Donaldson. A reception and program will follow.

Please join us for these free events in celebrating all who have and continue to partner with us in the work of the Spirit.

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In Memory of Sister Lucy Megaro, PHJC

Sunday, 15 July 2018 11:33

Sister Lucy (Rose) Megaro a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ died on July 12, 2018 in the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 30, 1932 to Carmen and Lucia (Ferarra) Megaro who preceded her in death along with her brothers, Carmen, Christopher and Tony and her sisters, Josie Amato and Della La Femina, She was the youngest of the six children. Sister Lucy is survived by nieces and nephews.

Rose, her name given at birth, was educated by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and after starting high school, she worked as a beautician on the Northside of Chicago. She said she chose to be a Poor Handmaid because she experienced how joyful and caring the Sisters were with children of all ages.

Sister Lucy was a houseparent for adolescent girls at St. Vincent Villa in Fort Wayne, Indiana from 1954-1957. She was expecting to continue to care for girls when she transferred to Angel Guardian Orphanage in Chicago 1957. She was surprised when she was assigned adolescent boys, but her love of sports helped her win them over. She coached many intramural softball teams. Later, she also cared for girls at Angel Guardian Orphanage and served there for the next 17 years. 

Sister received her Associate of Arts degree in child development at Kennedy King College, Chicago and her Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood at Mary Crest College, Davenport, Iowa. She then taught preschool at Angel Guardian Day Care on the south side of Chicago from1985-1990. From 1991 until 2011, Sister Lucy ministered in home health care to the elderly in Chicago and Cincinnati, Ohio. After semi-retiring, she became a volunteer for the Little Brothers of the Poor to continue service to the elderly.  Sister shared, “I have been blessed and challenged in many ways in sharing my gifts with people in various stages of their lives.”

Sister Lucy officially retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2013.

Visitation will be held at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana on Monday, July 16, 2018 from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. EDT. A Prayer Service will be held that same evening at 7:00 p.m. EDT.

The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at Catherine Kasper Home on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 11:15 a.m. EDT.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, Indiana 46513 or on

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