Current Events

Current Events

Ancilla College Baseball Team and JESSE Kids

The Ancilla College men’s baseball team hosted their annual game with students from Joint Educational Services in Special Education (JESSE) last Friday.

Sister Linda Volk, PHJC presenting her lecture entitled "Meeting Catherine Again".

The second presentation of the Lampen Lecture series this fall given by Sister Linda Volk, PHJC was entitled Meeting Catherine Again. Catherine, also known as Blessed Catherine Kasper, is the foundress of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

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Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, family and friends celebrated the profession of final vows of Sister Nkechi Iwuoha, PHJC on November 3 in the Ancilla Domini Chapel.

Sister Nkechi, a member of the Poor Handmaid American Province was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She obtained her Masters Degree in Social Education at Manchester University in England. She was introduced to the Poor Handmaid community while in Nigeria and was impressed with their spirituality and charism of their foundress Blessed Catherine Kasper. Sister Nkechi entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Congregation in Tiefenthal, Germany in 2003 and professed her first vows on December 8, 2006. She was a pioneer member in establishing a PHC mission in Nigeria where she worked with street children and established a home for them. She also worked with children in juvenile detention centers.

Culver Academy Choir

The Culver Academies Choir, Band and Orchestra will present a program of Christmas music on Sunday, December 2, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. EST in the Ancilla Domini Chapel. The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ invite you to come and enjoy this free concert that is open to the public.

The program will include seasonal favorites such as In the Bleak Midwinter by Gustav Holst; Christmas Time is Here, by Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi; Mary, Did You Know, by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene; Greensleeves; and Fanfare from the Realms of Glory by Chad A. Gard.

Shown (l-r) are Nazareth Home gala committee members Janice Moss-Woods; Co-Chairs Peggy Guernsey and Joyce Koch; Nazareth Home Director/Foster Mother Jean Bowman; Chairman Tom Collins; Karren Lee; Beth Kaminski; and Ancilla Systems Incorporated Administrator, Toni Mola. Not pictured:  Reggie Dotson, Sharon Hylek, Angela Moore, and Susan Riddering.  Photo provided by Damian Rico

The Hammond Federal Courthouse was again the scene for hundreds of guests who gather on Thursday, October 18, to support the area’s foster children of Nazareth Home in East Chicago, Indiana.

Celebrating 10 years of fundraising on behalf of medically at-risk or victimized infants and toddlers, the Nazareth Home Gala Chef Tasting and Live and Silent Auction donated 95-percent of its proceeds to the licensed foster home.

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Helen Unger is no stranger to a crochet needle. When the 93-year-old Hobart, Indiana resident stopped at the Ancilla Systems office in Hobart recently to drop off another bag full of homemade afghans, she estimated that she has crocheted more than 1,000 items for area charities.  While her creations include mostly “mile-a-minute-stitched” adult and infant blankets, she also has made and donated dozens of hats, scarves, and lap robes.

Bishop Rhoades Speaking about immigration | Photo by Carrie Shelhart

Bishop Rhoades presents a world view on immigration at Ancilla College

The clashing viewpoints over legal and illegal immigration in the US change dramatically when viewed through a framework that emphasizes human life, work and family, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades said last night at Ancilla College.

Bishop Rhoades, of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese, presented a coherent, Catholic-centered overview of the controversial topic as the first of this year’s long running Lampen Lecture series at Ancilla College.

Bishop Rhoades provided a brief look at church teachings on work, family life, and human rights before delving into the public debates about immigration.

Poetry Reading Event

The PHJC Ministry Center, an Intergenerational Living and Learning Center, held their first Poetry Contest. On September 18, 2012 a poetry reading and reception awarding the winners was held at Lindenwood Conference and Retreat Center.

Food collected at the PHJC Ministry Center

The PHJC Ministry Center held a food drive for Sojourner Truth House, a community resource and day shelter for homeless or at risk women and their children in Gary, Indiana. The women who come to STH are offered a multitude of unique services that are aimed at providing the necessary support for participants to overcome the issues that contribute to their homelessness.

Respect each other's opinions

SUN (Sisters United News ) produced the attached radio spot to encourage citizens to be more civil, respectful and tolerant of each other during pre-electioin days. The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ would like to share this radio spot as a reminder to voters to know the facts and to be respectful of your neighbor's choice throughout the election as our communities are inundated with negative campaign ads.

Sr. Joellen speaking during the PHJC Community Days 2012

Recently, Sister Joellen Tumas, the Director of Casa Catalina Basic Needs Center was recognized by AARP for her hard work in the fight against hunger. She received an award of $2500.00 for the ministry to use toward food and nutrition classes. Recognizing the need in Chicago’s Back of the Yard’s neighborhood, she started the program that has grown to provide assistance to 350 households each week.

Sister Kate Kuenstler in her Rhode Island office

On Sunday, September 30, 2012 Sister Kate Kuenstler will be honored with the Trivision Award given by FutureChurch in Cleveland. The Award is given in recognition of outstanding leadership in advancing the FutureChurch mission and vision.

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WHEN: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (EDT)

WHERE: Evergreen Room; Lindenwood Retreat & Conference Center

PHJC Ministry Center Donaldson, Indiana

Merrillville Curves donates to Sojourner Truth House

Merrillville Curves donates to Sojourner Truth House

While the Merrillville Curves is a workout facility to train and strengthen each woman who enrolls there, it has also reached out to help the homeless and at-risk women of Sojourner Truth House in Gary. “In a multi-faceted charitable effort,” said Merrillville Curves Owner Pamela Keith, “an annual food drive became a contest for the Curves members who brought in the most donated food, resulting in more than 1,300 pounds of food.”

In recognition, Curves International presented a $500 check to the Merrillville facility to give to its charity of choice. In the spirit of women helping women, Sojourner Truth House was selected. Additionally, Merrillville Curves members shopped for an estimated 250 pounds of personal items and school supplies that were delivered recently to Sojourner Truth House Executive Director Sr. Peg Spindler, CSA.

liturgical musician, Karen Schneider Kirner

Karen Schneider Kirner will perform in the Ancilla Domini Chapel at the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Ministry Center on Sunday September 9, 2012. The free concert will begin at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

Karen Schneider Kirner is on the staff of Campus Ministry, University of Notre Dame, as a liturgical musician. She directs the Notre Dame Celebration and Handbell Choirs and serves as Associate Director/Accompanist of the Notre Dame Folk Choir. She is also an assistant organist at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Visiting the greenhouses that provides fresh food for the Ministry Center | Photo by Cecily Fultz

The staff and faculty of St. Thomas the Apostle School (STA) in Chicago held a spiritual retreat at the PHJC Ministry Center. Cecily Fultz the Marketing and Development Director for the school writes, “STA educators attend spiritual retreats that provide nourishment for their souls. Our teachers and staff were fortunate to spend one of the last days of school with the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.”

“We are God’s hands”  the groups motto, says it all.

Thirteen young adults from the St. Michael’s High School Youth Group participated in a service project at the PHJC Ministry Center on July 1.

This is the fourth year that the Youth Group participated in a mission trip to help others. However, this year was a little different. Instead of traveling to another state, they decided to find local projects. The PHJC Ministry Center was a lucky recipient of their service. The group cleaned and scrubbed statues and benches to remove years of dirt.

As they cleaned the statues of saints, Sister Linda Volk, PHJC and Sister Roberta Christianson, PHJC talked about the saint and provided history on each of the statues.

2012 Jubilarians

On Sunday, June 17th, Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ gathered in Donaldson, Indiana to honor the 2012 jubilarians. Eight Sisters celebrated special anniversaries as Poor Handmaids.

Sisters Judith Diltz, Melanie Rauh and Joan Fisher attended the “Nun’s on the Bus” rally to show their support.

On June 21 and 22, several Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, in support, attended the “Nuns on the Bus” rally in South Bend, Indiana.

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Congratulations to the new leadership teams of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ India Provinces.

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I came to St. John Orphanage in the early 70s as a 5-year-old little girl along with my brother Kenny who was severely abused by our mother. I remember Sr. Roberta and Sr. Theresa the most. Sr. Roberta worked with the boys and Sr. Theresa worked with us girls. My brother Kenny lived there with me for a couple of years and I know he gave Sr. Roberta a run for her money! (I'm sure I did! LOL) I remember her being tough and she would get out there with us kids and play kick ball, softball or whatever we were doing as an activity. Thank you for that Sr. Roberta.

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The Poor Handmaids would like to thank you for your support and prayers for the American Sisters and the Leadership Conference for Women Religious. We ask for your continued support and provide this prayer by Sister Chris Koellhoffer, IHM.

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