Fiat Spiritus Community

FS-house-blessingThe Fiat Spiritus Community grew out of the request by individuals who felt called to follow Saint Katharina Kasper's spirituality and the charism of the Poor Handmaids in a new way.


The Fiat Spiritus Community is a Christian community of single and married baptized men and women called to live an apostolic life according to the spirituality of Katharina Kasper and to share the charism of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. The members live this way of life through formal vowed commitment. The first five members of the Fiat Spiritus Community professed their vows on June 20, 2003.

fs-swingingMembers of the Fiat Spiritus Community identify themselves as a "gathered and scattered community." They gather three times a year for communal prayer, discernment and mutual support in the living of their vowed life.

Scattered, the Fiat Spiritus Community members emphasize their mission of love with service to their neighbor, understanding that work takes on a fuller meaning when recognized as ministry and is nurtured, enlivened and sustained by their prayer life, community and the spirituality of Catherine Kasper. Members live in community or separately as appropriate to their state of life and ministry. Being in scattered locations, they continue forming community via phone, email and visits.

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Fiat Spiritus Symbol


The Fiat Spiritus community symbol captures the broad impact created by a small Christian presence committed to attentive listening and prayerful discernment. The community responds to the Spirit's initiative with simple acts of service that flow outward signaling God's presence in the world.

Fiat Spiritus Mission Statement

The mission of the Fiat Spiritus Community is to recognize the innate human and Christian need for relationship. Forming community, we support each other in mutual discernment of God's will. We support, encourage and hold each other accountable in following Saint Katharina Kasper's example in service to and with others especially the needy and underserved. Members consecrate themselves to service through the vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience.

For more information, please contact:
Bro. Bob Overland, FS
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P.O. Box 1
9601 Union Road
Donaldson, IN 46513 (574) 935-1786