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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

About National Research Corporation
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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

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.

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/

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.]

Please help spread the news. We are asking your help in our effort to have the documentary, Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America, air on NBC stations across the country. This film is a one-hour account of the history of the contributions of Catholic Sisters to the history and culture of the United States, from their arrival on this land in 1727 to today.

The documentary will be available to all NBC affiliates, for broadcasts, at their discretion, from September 15, 2013 to March 15, 2014, as an episode of NBC's "Horizons of the Spirit" series, presented in partnership with the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission. It is not a "must carry" program so each station decides when, or if, it airs the film.

On Saturday July 6, ten of our Jubilarians celebrated 610 years as Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ! Typical of many PHJC gatherings, the celebration started with prayer and renewal of vows at Mass and continued with a festive meal and gathering in Cana Hall in the Motherhouse. Later in the evening, the celebration ended with an ice cream social and a presentation on the lives of jubilarians.

 

Sr. Jeanne Koehler, a 75-year Jubilarian, and Sr.Marlene Ann Lama wave to the Sisters at Catherine Kasper Home who were watching via closed circuit TV. Sisters Coletta Wrasman, Annemarie Kampwerth and Virginia Kampwerth, 50-year jubilarians, sing a song they learned as novices.

Sisters Inez Wilmering and Julienne Smith, with a combined 140 years as Poor Handmaids,  thank the Sisters for celebrating with them and making this a memorable day. Sisters Patricia Belting and Magdala Oswald enjoyed the noise makers that helped celebrate this special occasion.

 

All Jubilarians were just

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, a ministry sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, announces $440,350 in grants in the first five months of 2013 to local organizations to improve the health, wellness and health care access for the low-income and vulnerable in Allen County.

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ have had active ministry programming in this community since 1868, and through this Foundation have invested $14,184,684 through 915 grants into 174 Allen County agencies since the sale of St. Joseph Medical Center in 1998. All grants are focused on helping to establish and maintain centers of excellence in mental, physical and spiritual health care delivery to the low-income in our community and building programming to address gaps that prevent individuals from attaining health and wellness. The funded agencies also reflect many of the values of the Foundation’s sponsor, including respecting the dignity of each person served.

 

In addition to providing grants, the Foundation also provides programming to address gaps in services, including operating Project Connect, which provides the Medical Interpretation & Healthcare Navigation Program for Burmese refugees and immigrants, and a Resource Directory of Allen County’s low-cost, quality healthcare resources. The Resource Directory also provides an alert service to upcoming health and wellness opportunities and fairs, which is available to the community on-line at www.sjchf.org.

The following grants have been funded in 2013 through May 31:

Unrestricted Funds

AIDS Task Force
$8,000
Provide for emergency medical assistance to men, women, and children living with HIV in Allen County.

Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health
$44,000
To continue to provide efficient, timely and accurate interpretation and translation services to refugees seeking medical and environmental services.

Cancer Services
$15,000
Support for Client Advocate program and financial assistance to help low-income cancer patients and their families with prescription costs and medical co-pays for cancer-related costs.

Catholic Charities
$27,000
For the Hispanic Health Advocate Program to provide supported services for Spanish-speaking individuals and families in order to maximize their access to health care services through interpretation, translation and coordination of health services.

Cedars HOPE
$7,500
To provide medical advocacy and supportive services for Cedars HOPE residents who were homeless, have a serious mental illness, and are of low income.

Community Transportation Network
$30,000
To provide affordable, dependable specialized medical transportation services for seniors, persons with disabilities, and low-income persons.

Crime Victim Care of Allen County
$20,000
For the salary of the part-time immigrant victim care provider to assist clients in the Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group and related family groups for non-English speaking clients.

East Wayne Street Center
$20,000
To provide 50% of the Health Coordinator's Salary and Benefits.

Headwaters Counseling
$25,000
Operating support for mental health and substance abuse counseling to very low-income families and individuals ($20,000) and for mental health assessments and counseling as needed for partnering homeless shelters to provide centralized services to individuals in high-risk, homeless situations to move them towards wellness ($5,000).

Healthier Moms and Babies
$15,000
A matching grant furthering the mission of improving the outcome of pregnancy and reducing infant mortality among high-risk, low-income families.

HealthVisions of Fort Wayne
$1,500
Sponsorship for the 6th Annual Meeting of the Allen County Health Disparity Coalition on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, focusing on the topic of Healthcare Reform The Role of Mainstream Media.

HearCare Connection
$20,000
Support for hearing clinics for low-income individuals.

Hope Alive
$15,000
Support for apartment housing and comprehensive services to assist homeless women in becoming healthy, productive members of our community in the Transitional Housing Program.

Lutheran Social Services of Indiana
$25,000
To continue to maintain the level of Intergenerational Activities and staffing that enhances wellness for the children at Children's Village and residents of Lutheran Life Village.

McMillen Center for Health Education
$25,000
To provide vital health curriculum to youth preschool through fourth grade, teaching the importance of nutrition, wellness, fitness, and drug abuse prevention as it pertains to keeping their bodies healthy.

Mental Health America in Allen County
$20,000
To provide client advocacy and education for people living with mental health issues, so that they have access to the prevention, treatment and recovery programs they need to be successful.

NAMI of Fort Wayne
$4,850
To facilitate a Clergy Workshop and to develop training and ongoing support for NAMI Volunteer Advocates to help people impacted by incarceration.

National Conference of Burmese-American Catholics
$1,500
Support for spiritual health opportunities at the Annual Gathering Event of the National Conference of Burmese-American Catholics in Fort Wayne in September 2013.

Neighborhood Health Clinics
$50,000
To subsidize low-income, uninsured patients who receive dental services on a sliding fee scale, including the school Dental Sealant Program.

SoulMedic Media Group RemedyLIVE
$15,000
To continue to give Biblical guidance to young adults who come to the SoulMedic website or text with hurts, habits and hang ups.

Women’s Care Center
$35,000
For support as a platinum sponsor of the Tippmann-McArdle golf outing and to underwrite client care with the objective of helping more women choose life for their babies and have access to quality health care and health education.

Blessed Catherine Kasper Award for Outstanding Service to the Poor

Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County
$1,500
Operating support for "A Baby's Closet" to purchase safety car seats, baby cribs, diapers, and other items not donated so low-income families can adequately and safely care for their infants.

Fort Wayne Urban League
$1,500
To purchase curriculum, online assessment software, and supplies for science programming in the After School Academy.

Homebound Meals
$1,500
To subsidize low-income clients who are unable to pay the full cost of the hot nutritional meals.

Light of the Cross Outreach Ministries
$1,500
Operating support for "Taste and See: A Ministry of Healthful Eating."

Peanut Butter Ministries
$1,500
To provide meals to local low-income children during breaks from school.

Society of St. Vincent DePaul
$1,500
To transport individuals to their medical/therapy appointments in the Care Van.

Three Rivers Right to Life Educational Trust Fund
$1,500
To fund the Diaper Giveaway Project for low-income families.

Wellspring Interfaith Social Services
$1,500
To enable Wellspring to continue to provide services to those who live in the core of the city.

Frederick J. Pfeiffer Fund – in Honor of Charles F. and Henrietta Eckart Pfeiffer – for Medical and Surgical Equipment

Early Childhood Alliance
$4,000
To purchase hearing screening devices, printer and start-up supplies.

jub-Sr JeanneSister Jeanne Koehler, PHJC

“Gratitude is the heart’s memory!” (A French proverb.) As I reflect on the span of 75 years as a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ, an avalanche of memories pours down. A resounding THANK YOU GOD rises up in my heart. I’m grateful for all those precious years—the graces God gave me through so many wonderful people and happenings in my life. My family, my Sisters, my many friends and associates along with those who challenged me are all a part of those memorable years. I thank God for ALL that has brought me to this peak celebration.

For 75 years I have been a teacher and still love it. From a first grade teacher to a college professor, I feel I have been an enthusiastic instrument of God’s love and caring.

As for the present and future, I feel I am God’s ENERGIZER and I hope He will keep recharging the batteries. I don’t think religious retire. Instead they recycle. They may slow their pace but they carry on, bringing God’s love and touch to others.

My prayerful hope this jubilee year will be to share the joy I feel and to be a living token of appreciation. A quotation from the book, SIMPLE ABUNDANCE clearly expresses my sincere sentiments. “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

 

jub-Sr VivianSister Vivian Brand, PHJC

My years as a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ have been a time of joy, peace and challenges. In all of it I have found God’s loving Providence directing me, sometimes obscurely, but always surely. The community, my family and friends were a constant support for which I am most grateful.

Serving God’s poor in the education ministry was rewarding, especially at Ancilla College. Helping the students attain marketable skills to support themselves and their families was very fulfilling.

Our community works with “attentive ear and courageous heart” to discern where we are needed today and I believe, our loving God will direct us for the good of his people.

jub-Sr JulienneSister Julienne Smith, PHJC

One of my recollections is that after living in Donaldson for high school I would return home for summer vacation and every night I would turn in the direction of Donaldson and knew that would be my home in the future. My early experiences in high school and living in community have always made me feel that I was called to this life at a young age and I never doubted God’s call. Prayer continues to be the binding force in my life and I am grateful for the opportunity for daily Mass and prayers with the community.

After many years as a teacher and principal, as the vocation director and local leader at the PHJC Motherhouse and as the person responsible for the Ancilla High School girls for 10 years, I am still able to volunteer at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have been there for more than 20 years and I contribute to the ministry that continues there.

I am proud to talk of our ministries and how they have continued with lay leaders who continue the work begun by the Sisters with the same spirit as when we had sisters in every leadership role. Our international Sisters share that spirit around the world and all this because of how Mother Mary touches their lives.

jub-Sr InezSister Inez Wilmering, PHJC

It has been a long journey since 1922 when God called me in baptism and gave me the wonderful gift of faith. Faith has been my guide and support through the years and continues to grow as I experience God’s love for all of His creation.

The desire to serve God as a PHJC began when I was an aspirant for four years in Donaldson. After high school, I entered and spent the next 35 years ministering in hospitals, in the business office, nursing and teaching. I served in nine PHJC hospitals, even in the hospital where I was born.

In 1977, I returned to Donaldson and spent eight years living and working with our Sisters at the Catherine Kasper Home. These were joy filled years living with those who had spent years following Mother Mary in helping the poor, sick and children eagerly and joyfully.

I cherish this Year of Faith in which my jubilee is celebrated as special since my precious gift of faith has brought me to this time of my life. I hope and pray that God will continue to lead the community in faith and fidelity.

jub-Sr MagdalaSister Magdala Oswald, PHJC

As I reflect on my 60 years as a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ, I am filled with gratitude for the many years of service with young children at Angel Guardian in Chicago and at St. John’s children’s home in Belleville, Illinois. They are good memories of helping the children grow up in a world that gave them many challenges.

In more recent years I have ministered in various positions at The Center at Donaldson. I have enjoyed many years of service at the Lindenwood Retreat & Conference Center. It is a delight meeting so many folks who come to the Center and we have shared many joys and blessings as we continue to share in the charism of Blessed Mary Catherine’s way of service.

My hope and prayer for the future is that we will continue to grow as an international community in loving service wherever there is a need.

jub-Sr PatriciaSister Patricia Belting, PHJC

Throughout my 60 years as a Poor Handmaid I have been in contact with people in very special ways. I worked in ministry as a teacher, given private retreats and eventually became a Spiritual Counselor earning a Doctorate in Ministry Degree in Pastoral Counseling. In each of these blessings, I was allowed to touch people’s lives through spiritual direction, giving me great joy.

My time as a Poor Handmaid has given me many gifts and blessings both received with and from others. There has been back and forth learning from the individuals I have met throughout my time as a woman religious, making each relationship special.

My prayers for the future both for my community and myself are that we embrace the concept that we are all faithful to the call. My hopes and dreams have grown over the years to an endless number, so much so that I cannot begin to enumerate. I am confident in the Lord, knowing he will guide the way to peace and love.

In this Jubilee year, my greatest enjoyment was the visit from my nieces and nephews on June 1 when we celebrated our Jubilees at the Motherhouse.

jub-Sr CollettaSister Coletta Wrasman, PHJC

Before I was born, God called me to be a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ. Growing up on a farm, unknowingly my Mom and Dad began my formation by their prayerful, simple lives. Through grade school, the Franciscan Sisters continued to cultivate the call. When I became an aspirant in my sophomore year, the Poor Handmaids helped to make the call firm for me.

Our community has grown in awareness and concern for all people around the globe, especially for the poor and our PHJC Sisters in other cultures. We are ONE in God.

I am grateful for the gift of music which Mom and Dad encouraged and the PHJC community further developed. It enabled me to help many parishes with music at their liturgies.

Through each of my ministries God secretly prepared me for the next way of being for others. God has always given faithful love in my struggles and weaknesses, and in my strengths and gifts.

The community and my family and friends will join me in praising and thanking God who has been faithful to me these 50 (really 71) years. This fills my heart with joy.

jub-Sr RobertaSister Roberta Christianson, PHJC

I have been blessed throughout my life. I’ve been able to do the two things I love most: teaching and childcare. I’ve been blessed to live in Germany for 18 years. Also to have a good sense of humor and spirit of adventure, and it has been a wonderful life.

Since I returned to the USA in 2011, every day is different and certainly has not been boring. I am very happy to be a PHJC. I fell in love with the Sisters even before grade school. My love and desire to be like them deepened over the years. Mother Mary was right on target when she said, “It is a great honor to be a PHJC.”

My hopes and prayers for our community is that we place spirituality, faith and prayer above all. I pray we listen to God’s will, take Mother Mary’s words to heart, and that we seek always to serve others. For myself, I pray that I become a woman of faith. I pray I gently become old, never place myself first and that I will be kind.

I dream of a long future for the PHJCs and I believe we will have women to follow us. May we never become so business-like and big that we lose sight of the needy around us.

jub-Sr AnnemarieSister Annemarie Kampwerth, PHJC

God has blessed me in so many ways since becoming a PHJC. I have been able to experience a variety of ministries, meet and befriend some wonderful people and travel to many places around the world.

Presently I am working at HealthVisions Midwest in mission and education. HealthVisions has given me an opportunity to network with many people in a lot of different communities to improve healthcare for the underserved. It has helped me to realize that no matter what we do, it ripples out beyond us and the influence can be far reaching.

I hope as a community we can continue to be involved in issues in the Church and in society and stand up for what we believe. We need to continue to witness especially for the poor and underserved, preserve the gift of our environment and our gift as women to the Church. We have great ministries and we need to ensure that they will continue and share with our lay leaders that same passion to serve.

My greatest enjoyment during this Jubilee Year will be celebrating with my Sisters, my family and friends this special gift in my life. I also look forward to continuing my service as a PHJC.

jub-Sr VirginiaSister Virginia Kampwerth, PHJC

As I reflect on my life I find it so exciting, a life of learning and experiencing how different each person is, yet how very much alike each person is.

My birth family continues to be so important to me. Among my memories is the memory of hearing my dad sing when he was milking the cows in the evening. He loved farming and the outdoors, so I think that my love for nature was inherited from my dad. The “Sisters in my religious family” delight me each day, those living and those who live on in my heart and memory. Learning German has also been an amazing part of my life’s journey!

My hope is to continue using my gifts in whatever situation I find myself, whether teaching, being part of a leadership group or a group with whom I live and share ministry. Ministry is always about bringing the presence of God into that part of the world in which we are blessed to live. Understanding more, and living out of, the awareness of creation spirituality, continues to be the challenge our loving God shares with me each day.

My greatest enjoyment this Jubilee Year will be the surprise of sharing in whatever way possible!

Located in Chicago, IL, and Gary, Hobart, and Mishawaka, IN, Linden Houses provide affordable independent-living apartments for seniors and physically challenged individuals. Designed to meet the physical, social, and psychological needs of the residents, each Linden House creates a caring community as it promotes health, security, purposefulness, and the opportunity for interaction and involvement of residents.

Last year the Linden House in Chicago, the first facility established by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, celebrated their 20 year anniversary! What fun to see the residents enjoy a delicious dinner, lively entertainment and dancing! A good time was had by all.

We are pleased to announce that the Linden Houses have launched a new website. Check it out at: http://thelindenhouses.org

This website provides information on all four Linden Houses and includes information about their locations, how to contact the site manager for more information, amenities and activities at each facility. This new site will allow potential residents and family members to view information and learn how to apply.

This weekend the staff of Catherine Kasper Place and our Fresh Food Initiatve clients were joined nearly two dozen community members at the Slataper Street farm for a tree planting to celebrate Arbor Day.

The Hoosier ReLeaf team brought us peach and nectarine trees, each in bloom and expected to produce fruit thisseason. As the team educated our clients, volunteers and the public I had the joy of taking some photographs of all the happenings. Now looking at the pictures, I find myself once again feeling lucky to be part of such an amazing community that includes gardeners, farmers, and citizens, all of whom appreciate the benefits of urban farming.

Much of the time I am engaged in the operations aspect of CKP so it was invigorating to spend my Saturday at the farm, under a gorgeous sky, with friends who share my belief that planting trees and flowers and vegetables is not only creating a better world now, but ensuring those who follow us can sit in the shade of trees and provide food for themselves in healthy soil.

There's a Chinese proverb that says, "Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come." When you look at the photographs you will see two dozen such singing birds, who all came out on a spring Saturday to celebrate our two new trees, and all the trees in our hearts.

On April 11, 2013, The Center at Donaldson, previously called The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Ministry Center, held a dessert reception at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center celebrating the new name. The event was open to local business leaders and pastors from Marshall, Starke and LaPorte Counties.

Over the years, a variety of PHJC ministries have emerged and grown. During the evening, there were representatives from each ministry that gave a brief overview of what experiences are offered as part of The Center at Donaldson. Earthworks Market in Plymouth provided desserts.

These ministries offer intergenerational living and learning opportunities. These opportunities include Earthworks’ summer camps where children have fun while learning to care for the environment, Ancilla College classes for people of all ages, beautiful state of the art facilities at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, used by retreatants from around the world.

At The Center at Donaldson, you can also purchase delicious natural beef from Ancilla Beef & Grain Farm, and your loved ones are cared for at Catherine Kasper Life Center, the only faith-based Continuing Care Retirement Community in Marshall County. MoonTree Studios, the newest of the ministries, invites you to discover a variety of art experiences, which awaken and explore your inner creativity.

The Center at Donaldson - Experiencing the Unexpected - invites you to discover what opportunities we have and to come and visit. For more information: www.TheCenterAtDonaldson.org.

A performance of The Messiah by George Frideric Handel will take place on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. (EST) in the Ancilla Domini Chapel, The Center at Donaldson. The Messiah is one of the most famous and widely shared pieces of music in history.

The Messiah will be conducted by Dr. David K. Lamb of Columbus, Indiana. The choir will consist of Sisters and members of the wider community. Professional soloists will be from the Chicago Lyric Opera. Members of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra will accompany the performance.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Admission is free.

Color Word Gathering

Dear Word Gathering Readers,

It is with pleasure that I introduce our new color Word Gathering.

We hope you find it vibrant and informative. Word Gathering has been keeping our friends and families informed about the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and their ministries since the fall of 1978 when the first issue was printed. At that time the format was a one sheet, folded tabloid-size newsletter and Sister Mary Baird was the editor.

International Water Day

Have you ever heard of water poverty? The lack of adequate sanitation and clean freshwater is one of the main factors which contributes to lack of universal socio-economic development and poverty reduction throughout our world. All life must have water.

This Friday, March 22, is International Water Day. It offers an occasion to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocacy for the sustainable management of freshwater resources, an issue near and dear to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ American Province.

The Center At Donaldson

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Ministry Center will now be called The Center at Donaldson.  The Poor Handmaid Leadership decided to simplify the name that refers to all of their ministries located in Donaldson. 

Ninety years ago the Poor Handmaids moved from Fort Wayne to Donaldson and built a new Motherhouse.  Over the years, a variety of ministries developed at and from the Motherhouse offering intergenerational living and learning opportunities.

Health Information Technology Award from the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved Awarded on March 7 to Fort Wayne Area Collaboration

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved awarded to the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation together with its key partners, Parkview Health Systems and the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health their Health Information Technology Award. The Award to was presented to Project Connect staff and partners at their conference March 7 in Poughkeepsie, NY for an outstanding project in the Community Agency category. Project Connect innovatively uses videoconferencing, phone and fax to provide medical interpretation and health navigation for area medical providers and their Burmese patients.

The 48-voice ensemble being conducted by Dr. Christopher M. Cock.

The Valparaiso University Chorale performed a program in the Ancilla Domini Chapel on February 23, 2013.

The 48-voice ensemble was conducted by Dr. Christopher M. Cock. Dr. Cock holds the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg chair of Lutheran music at VU. He is also director of the Bach Institute at Valparaiso University.

Ancilla College Lowers Tuition Costs

At a time when most universities and colleges in Indiana have increased tuition and fees, Ancilla College is dramatically lowering tuition while also offering more degree choices at its campus near Plymouth.

In a meeting Monday, the college board of trustees voted to approve a 4 percent across-the-board tuition reduction for the 2013–2014 year. The move lowers tuition at what is already the state’s least expensive private college. The new tuition lowers the cost of full-time enrollment at the school to $6,500 per semester, for students enrolling in 15 credit hours for the semester.

“This is a strategic move on our part,” said Ancilla’s president Ron May. “While most colleges and universities have raised their tuition each year over the past decade Ancilla is moving to reduce the cost of higher education.”

Sister Kate Kuenstler in her Rhode Island office

Sister Kate Kuenstler, PHJC will be presenting a teleconference titled “Finding Your Voice” on February 12, 2013 for Future Church. You can choose to participate either at 12:30-2:00 p.m. EST or 8:30-10:00 p.m. EST. The main theme of the presentation will be the rights and obligations of the laity as found in Book 2 of Canon Law. After the presentation, participants will have a lively discussion of how Canon Law can empower and guide our actions as Catholics.

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Something remarkable happened at Saint John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, MN in 1998.  The first handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible in 500 years was commissioned to be completed. A team of artists and scholars, brought together by renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson, combined the ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination with an ecumenical Christian approach to the Bible rooted in Benedictine spirituality. The result is a living document and a monumental achievement that captures the beauty and tradition of centuries of liturgy that will carry it into the future.

Two presentations will be held at The Center At Donaldson, and sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

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