Current Events

Current Events

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ invite the public to join them in celebrating 90 years in Donaldson. The event will be Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (EDT) at The Center at Donaldson, 9601 Union Road, Donaldson, IN.

Learn about the Poor Handmaids in Donaldson and the impact the congregation has made during its 90 years in Marshall County. There will be room displays depicting life in 1923 at Convent Ancilla Domini. Guided tours will be available at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, Ancilla College, MoonTree Studios, the award-winning Catherine Kasper Home and Maria Center as well as in the beautiful Gothic chapel. An old-fashioned ice cream social will be enjoyed at Catherine Kasper Home.

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ congregation was founded in 1851 in Germany. Convent Ancilla Domini was built in 1923 to serve as the Motherhouse of the PHJC American Province. Currently, Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ minister throughout the world.

Please join us for this interesting journey through time. For more information, please call (574) 936-9936.

This construction photo, taken in 1923, is of the front door entrance to the future Motherhouse for the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ in Donaldson.

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, through the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, formed Catherine Kasper Place at a critical time to respond to a crucial need in the refugee community in Fort Wayne. There was an unusually large influx of refugees over a short time period, many of whom were ill-equipped to deal with the realities of living in the United States.

The formation of Catherine Kasper Place was an extension of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ’s ongoing ministries to the poor and underserved in Fort Wayne and Allen County. Catherine Kasper Place served as a catalyst in Fort Wayne, bringing attention to the plight of the Burmese refugees and providing programs, services and opportunities that advance the integration of immigrants, refugees and political asylees into the community.

As time went on, other organizations recognized the needs of this community and responded as well, until in 2012 the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation recognized the likelihood of duplication of services. True North Strategic Advisors, LLC was engaged to strategically assess the role Catherine Kasper Place played in providing service and determine the ongoing need for those services.

The strategic assessment led to the following conclusions:

1.  There is a duplication of services with over thirty social service
     organizations providing programs targeting the refugee population.

2.  Influx of refugees slowed and the breadth of need by refugees lessened
     as they began integration into the community.

2.  The cost of Catherine Kasper Place providing services was not the
     optimal use of Poor Handmaid resources.

 

As a result of careful study and prayerful reflection, it has been determined that certain programs of Catherine Kasper Place will be discontinued. Other Catherine Kasper Place programs are being transitioned to community partners better positioned to address the needs, and the health related programs are being examined for transition to the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation to operate.

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ have ministered in Fort Wayne since 1868, responding to the needs of the vulnerable populations with emphasis on Community, Simplicity, Openness to the Spirit, and Dignity and Respect for all. They will continue to provide services to the poor and underserved in Fort Wayne through the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Health Visions Fort Wayne.

Catherine Kasper Life Center (CKLC) received the Excellence in Action award from My InnerView by National Research Corporation. This honor recognizes long-term care and senior living facilities that achieve the highest levels of satisfaction excellence, as demonstrated by overall resident or employee satisfaction scores that fall within the top 10 percent of the My InnerView product database.

 

The Excellence in Action awards are presented exclusively to National Research clients who use My InnerView products. Qualifying nursing homes, in addition to assisted living and independent living communities (over 8,500), must have completed a customer satisfaction survey in 2012. Winners must have also achieved a minimum of 10 responses with a minimum 30 percent response rate and scored in the top 10 percent of qualifying facilities on the question “What is your recommendation of this facility to others” in terms of the percentage of respondents rating the facility as “excellent.”

Catherine Kasper Life Center, a ministry sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, is a faith-based Continuing Care Retirement Community comprised of Maria Center, apartments for senior independent living with some supportive services; and the Catherine Kasper Home, a licensed skilled nursing facility with all private rooms providing short-term rehabilitation, long-term nursing care and a memory care unit. It provides comfort, dignity and well-being as residents continue on their journey of life.

James Schmidt, the Executive Director of CKLC shares, “It is very humbling, but also quite an honor to be nationally recognized for the care we provide. Our staff works diligently in applying our mission of dignity, respect and servant leadership while we care for our senior population. To get recognized by the people that we serve means a lot to the Catherine Kasper Life Center.

Catherine Kasper Life Center is one of just four Indiana skilled nursing facilities that received the Customer Excellence in Action award. This is the second year that it has earned this national award. For more information about Catherine Kasper Life Center call 574-935-1742 or visit www.cklc.poorhandmaids.org

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2013 Drawing Winners

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 00:00

Did you win?

On September 18 our annual PHJC Prize and Cash Drawing was held.

The raffle supports medically compromised children in East Chicago, IN; the hungry in Cairo, IL; Ancilla College students in Donaldson, IN; homeless in Gary and the poor and underserved in Mexico and Kenya as well as other PHJC ministries.

 

Prizes included homemade quilts and afghans, cooking grills, a weekend get-away, a camera and many many more items.

Below is the list of our lucky winners. Thank you to all who support the PHJC ministries through our raffle.

 


 

Drawing Winners

  • Mr. & Mrs. Tony Ernst - Quilt
  • Margaret Beck - Weber Grill
  • Kathy Peceniak - Afghan
  • Norma Steiner - Dirt Devil Sweeper
  • William Fortin - Quilt
  • Mike/Sue Callahan - Anthony Acres Weekend
  • Howard & Diane Ludwig - Afghan
  • Patricia Wagner - Sunbeam Pkg.
  • Vera Pulver - Quilt
  • Mary Mankowski - GPS
  • Sr. Helen Watkins - Afghan
  • Tom Sibal - Cookware/Knives
  • Julie Cowen - Quilt
  • Theresa Colella - Haviland China
  • Jim & Mary Ann Wells - Afghan
  • Donna Koehler - Double Slow Cooker Buffet and Belgium Waffle Iron
  • Peggy Hiss - Mr. Coffee Pkg.
  • Ed Kean - Two piece cookware
  • Cathy Filetti - Afghan
  • Dale & Judy Gall - Memorial Brick in Prayer Garden
  • John Haselhorst - Afghan
  • Kelsey Cordell - Barbecue in a Box
  • Kay Wiseman - Chocolate Fountain
  • Marilyn Staub - Select Metro Grill
  • Donna Grzych - Flair Sweeper
  • Marie Jacobs - Afghan
  • Barbara Carcione - Vera Bradley Bag/gift cards
  • Donna Grzych - “Peanuts” Blanket/Pillows/children’s books
  • Marie Jacobs - Dinnerware/glasses/flatware
  • R.J. Kuper - Dinnerware/glasses/flatware
  • Cecelia Pankowski - Thanksgiving platter, knives, broiler
  • Mary Haas - Double Kick Skate Board
  • Rena Haake - Ministry Center Basket
  • Jane Callen - Q Beam Emergency Spotlight
  • May Crider - Glassware Set
  • Carolyn Pataky - $150 Certificate for Pampered Chef
  • Lillian Swift - Afghan
  • Mary Slack - Celebrate Christmas Pack
  • Theresa Rybicki - Night at the Movies Basket
  • Janet Hatfield - Samsung Galaxy Tablet 3
  • Beth Amick - Canon Digital Camera
  • Linda Rudolphi - Quilt
  • Dan Haselhorst - Pair of Crafted Sailboats--Pictures
  • Kim O’Brien - Chiminea
  • Joan Voss - Nolan Miller Heart Necklace
  • Fr. S.E. Colchin - Sunbeam Cookware Set
  • J. Costanza - Outdoor Dining Canopy
  • David Schmitz - Afghan

 


 

Monetary Prizes

  • Joanne Ortman
  • Beverly Glass
  • Lorraine Trivilian
  • Tammy Chapman
  • Ann Munoz
  • Richard Helfrich
  • Mr & Mrs Ed Krcmaric
  • Rodger Rang
  • Lonna Hollis
  • James Milcarek

Just a few of the prizes won by lucky raffle winners

Welcome Week Invites Students to Get Involved

Friday, 13 September 2013 00:00

Ancilla College hosted a fall Welcome Week for students, faculty, and staff. The event took place September 10-12 at the college.

Over 400 students, faculty, and staff enjoyed games, free food, and prize drawings. Information tables about student activities, local vendors, and more were available for attendees to peruse. Activities began at 11:30 a.m. and continued until 2 p.m. daily.

Welcome Week photo“We’re really excited about the new school year. We had a great turn out and students were able to connect again, or for the first time, after the summer break,” said Eric Wignall, Interim Executive Director of Admissions at Ancilla College. 

Vendors, who provided support for the event, had information tables, as well as prizes, included Ace Fitness, Bowen Center, Fitness Forum, and Plymouth Wal-Mart Vision Center.

In addition, students won a wide range of prizes from the drawings. Local donations included gift cards from Applebee’s, Christos, Five Star, Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, Papa John’s, Symphony Restaurant, Wal-Mart, and Wings Etc. Papa John’s also donated pizzas for Wednesday and water was donated by Walgreens and the Plymouth branch of Culligan.

Ancilla College is a Catholic, liberal arts, Associate’s Degree college in Donaldson, Indiana, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

On Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. ET, the “Messiah,” by George Frideric Handel, will be performed in the Ancilla Domini Chapel at The Center at Donaldson. This is a free concert.

Handel’s Messiah is considered one of the greatest pieces of Christian music ever written. It is immensely popular and widely performed. The Hallelujah Chorus is familiar to almost everyone.

The choir is made up of members from the surrounding community. Members of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra will accompany the choir. Stacey Warren of Culver Academies is the rehearsal director; Dr. David K. Lamb of Columbus, Indiana will be the guest conductor. Soloists from the Chicago Lyric Opera include Elizabeth Schleicher, Soprano; Colleen Lovinello, Mezzo Soprano; Matthew Daniel, Tenor; and Eric Miranda, Bass.

David Kevin LambDavid Kevin Lamb is the Director of Music & Organist for the First United Methodist Church in Columbus, Indiana. He is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has presented guest concerts in 27 states and Washington, D.C. as well as in Austria, France, Germany, and Great Britain. Dr. Lamb has served as a concert organist, choral director, church organist, singer, voice teacher, accompanist, pit player, music administrator, public school teacher, college instructor, workshop leader, clinician, and recording artist. In 2012, he was elected to the National Council of the American Guild of Organists as the Councilor for the Great Lakes Region.

Colleen R. LovinelloColleen R. Lovinello sings frequently with the Whiting Festival Orchestra. Her operatic roles include “Santuzza” in Cavalleria Rusticana; “Marcellina” in the Marriage of Figaro; “Suzuki” in Madame Butterfly; “Dorabella” in Cosi fan Tutte; and “the Third Lady” in the Magic Flute. Most recently, she appeared with the Southlake Children’s Chorus as the soloist in the performance of Mozart’s Laudate Dominum. Ms. Lovinello is the director of Music and Cantor Training at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Valparaiso.

Matthew DanielMatthew Daniel performs opera roles, some of which include “Nemorino” in L’Elisir d’amore, “Pinkerton and Goro” in Madam Butterfly, “Rodolfo” in La Boheme, “Hoffmann” in Tales of Hoffmann, “Canio” in Pagliacci, “Duke” in Rigoletto, “Eisenstein” in Die Fledermaus, and “Triddu” in Cavalleria Rusticana. Mr. Daniel is well known in the Michiana area as a soloist with many churches and with his work with the Tenors Three. He is a sought after voice teacher with a studio in his home and as an adjunct voice instructor at Culver Academies.

Eric Miranda Eric Miranda, a frequent performer on the concert and operatic stage, has appeared as soloist in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, at the Ravinia Festival, and with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus in Millennium Park. Mr. Miranda’s solo oratorio appearances include Fauré’s Requiem, J. S. Bach’s Magnificat, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the DePaul Community Chorus; Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart's Mass in C Minor and Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Elgin Symphony; Handel’s Messiah with Bella Voce; Duruflé’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Magnificat, and numerous J.S. Bach cantatas. In addition to his work as a soloist, Mr. Miranda has performed with the choruses of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Bella Voce, and Music of the Baroque.

Elizabeth SchleicherElizabeth Schleicher sings in Chicago and the Midwest. She has performed in various productions including Lohengrin and Boris Godunov and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. she was seen as “Julia” in The Cousin from Nowhere, as “Damon” in Acis & Galatea Folks Operetta, as “Helena” in A Midsummer Nights Dream, “Susanna” in Le nozze di Figaro, and “Lucy Brown” in Three Penny Opera. Recently she was the soprano soloist for the Schubert Mass in E-flat with Nicholas McGegan and the St. Louis Symphony. Ms. Schleicher has also been seen in Don Pasquale, Samson and Delilah and I Pagliacci. She is on the voice faculty at Indiana University South Bend and St. Mary’s College.

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ received a grant from the Marshall County Community Foundation to help with expenses. No admission will be charged; the Poor Handmaids want to make this cultural event available to everyone.

Spiritual Fasting for the Sake of Justice

Monday, 09 September 2013 00:00

In January 2013, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ made a commitment for immigration justice, which reads: As one voice, we Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters supporting the passage of comprehensive just immigration reform including family reunification.

~ Approved Provincial Chapter 2013.

As Congress returns from its August recess, faith communities across the country are increasing pressure on House members to urgently pass compassionate immigration reform. On September 9th, the Interfaith Immigration Coalition will launch 40 days of prayer, fasting, and advocacy on a telephonic press conference with national Catholic, Protestant and Jewish leaders to ignite a "compassion surge." Click For more details on Fast Action for Immigration Reform.

 

With more than 4,100 people of faith from 44 states already committed to pray, fast and advocate during this 40 days of action, the telephonic press conference will offer members of the press an opportunity to speak directly with national faith leaders and immigrants -including Bishop Richard Graham and Sister Simone Campbell - on their expectations for Congress, how faith communities are spiritually mobilizing, and why this moment is so critical to achieve compassionate immigration reform.

DATE/TIME: 
September 9, 2013 / 12pm EST, 9am PST

CALL-IN DETAILS:
1-866-952-1906, Access code: FASTACTION

We invite you to pray daily for justice for our immigrant brothers and sisters, for wisdom and compassion for our political leaders, and for strength as we continue to build a community where all are welcome.

Immigration Reform from the Heart of God

Heart of God, full of mercy, watch over our sister and brother immigrants.Protect them from harm even as they suffer mistreatment and humiliations on their way.

Touch with your goodness the hearts of we who see them pass by. Break open our hearts to embrace them and the gift that they are to our communities.

Heart of God, full of compassion, give our brothers and sisters in Congress the gift of compassion. Open their eyes to the pain and longing of those affected by their decisions. Give them wisdom as they struggle to repair our unjust immigration system. Break open their hearts to embrace the dreams of our immigrant parents, siblings, and friends.

Heart of God, full of love, we give you glory for all the blessings you have given us.

Help us to share those blessings with others that we may all know that you are a God of mercy, a God of compassion, a God of love.

Break open our hearts that we might embrace the challenge to build a land, a nation, a community where all are welcome.

Taken from http://fastaction.us/pray/prayers/

Prayer for the People of Syria

Monday, 09 September 2013 00:00

Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion,
the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope.
Hear the cries of the people of Syria;
bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
and comfort to those mourning the dead.
Empower and encourage Syria’s neighbors
in their care and welcome for refugees.
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
and strengthen the resolve of those committed to peace.

O God of hope and Father of mercy,
your Holy Spirit inspires us to look beyond ourselves and our own needs.
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence
and to seek reconciliation with enemies.
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
and fill us with hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Amen.

[This prayer is adapted from Catholics Confront Global Poverty. . . , a collaborative effort of USCCB and Catholic Relief Services.]