Current Events

Current Events

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Sister Maris Krimmel, PHJC celebrated her 100th birthday (That's 36,525 days!) on March 8 with many friends and family at the Catherine Kasper Home. Still very active and energetic, she greeted each guest in the receiving line as they extended their well wishes.

The Real Batman, Bob Walton, Speaks to Catherine Kasper Home Residents.

"Holy Haberdashery, It's Batman!"

Catherine Kasper Home staff and residents were entertained and educated by the Indiana Batman, Bob Walton. Bob and Ann Walton are wildlife rehabilitation experts from Going Bats in Huntertown, Indiana and they specialize in BATS!

"EGads!" There's a deep prejudice against these furry little creatures that is burned in the American psyche. Was it one too many vampire movies, too much Hitchcock and witches? Why do these shy creatures conjure up thoughts of danger and primordial fear? As a species, they have gotten a bad rap!

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Catherine's 5 Star Accolade

U.S. News & World Report has recognized Catherine Kasper Home as a 5-Star-Best Nursing Home. A 5-Star rating is the highest overall rating from the federal government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Always a Big Hoopla at the Maria Center

In January, residents took a break from the winter blues and attended an event called “The Big Hoopla.” They were asked to dust off a hat for the occasion. Accordion music played in the background while everyone enjoyed games of chance and sharing some sweet treats.

The Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, in honor of its 25th Anniversary, is sponsoring a concert performed by the South Bend Symphonic Choir on Sunday March 6, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. EST in the Ancilla Domini Chapel at Donaldson, Indiana.

In 1986 Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, opened its doors and served approximately 2700 people. Today, the Center serves approximately 10,000 people per year. Lindenwood offers a variety of sponsored programs and retreats for people of all faiths. Its facilities are available for rent to churches, schools, civic organizations or corporations for meetings, conferences, educational workshops, training and staff development programs and personal faith development.

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Who we are is defined somewhat by where we live. Emotional attachments to our neighborhoods are understandable because neighborhoods are where we put down our roots.

One of the things MoonTree Community’s early Focus Groups said repeatedly, prior to the razing of old MoonTree Lodge, was “save the ambience of the place.” Consequently, the new MoonTree Lodge architecture has a gabled barnlike appearance with timber-framed interior.

lancaster-recitleBaritone, Stephen Lancaster, and Organist, Kevin Vaughn will perform in the Ancilla Domini Chapel at the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Ministry Center on Sunday January 23, 2011. The free concert will begin at 3:00 p.m. EST.

Stephen Lancaster is a versatile artist and teacher. He has sung operatic roles ranging from Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus) to Schaunard (LaBoheme) in appearances with the Arbor Opera Theater, Motor City Lyric Opera, Great Lakes Lyric Opera, University of Michigan Opera Theater, Opera Notre Dame, and the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. He is assistant Professional Specialist in voice at the University of Notre Dame. In the summer of 2009, he served on the voice faculty of the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Perigord, France.

Mr. Lancaster appears frequently in concert, with credits including Haydn’s Nelsonmesse and Fauré’s Requiem with the South Bend Symphony, and has sung various concert roles by Vaughan Williams. A passionate proponent of the art song, he has made guest appearances at universities in the United States and Canada. Mr. Lancaster holds a D.M.A. in vocal performance from the University of Michigan, and has studied at the University of Notre Dame (M.M.), Moody Bible Institute (B.Mus.), and Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute.

Meg Distler & Minn Myint Nan Tin

citizens-of-yearWhen Burmese refugees arrive in Fort Wayne, the federal government provides a few months’ worth of meager assistance. But it typically takes three to five years to understand American culture, learn the language and become self-sufficient.

Many people have stepped forward to help refugees make Fort Wayne their home. But two people stand apart for their tireless dedication to helping Burmese refugees, and that is why Meg Distler and Minn Myint Nan Tin are The Journal Gazette’s Citizens of the Year.

Several years ago, leaders from beneficiary agencies of the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation went to Distler, the foundation’s executive director, and said, “We’ve got a problem.” The State Department had announced an increase in the number of Burmese refugees coming to Fort Wayne. The impending arrivals threatened to break resources already stretched thin.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010
4:00 pm (est)

Ancilla Domini Chapel

Join the Sisters and PHJC residents for a Taizé prayer service. All are welcome to attend.

Taizé prayer is meditative in character. Simple repetitive chants anchor the prayer time together and becomes a calming influence during this hectic pre-Christmas season. Songs of praise and thanksgiving frame readings from the Psalms and Scriptures. The focus is on songs that celebrate the Light of Christ. Therefore the symbols of darkness and light play an important part in this celebration.

A period of silence extends personal communion with God during the service and short petitions unite the assembly with the entire human family. For the history and other information about Taize click here.

The 2010 Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Raffle Was a Success.

The PHJC Raffle was a success, thanks to all of you who bought tickets and/or donated prizes for the event. Prizes have been sent to the lucky winners. Through your partnership with us in this annual event $15,000 will be distributed to PHJC ministries to those in need. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

The construction site of MoonTree Lodge, gallery and shop where the timber raising and wind turbine installation will be held on October 21

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ along with the MoonTree Community announce the timber raising of MoonTree Lodge and the installation of the wind turbine. The events will be held on Thursday, October 21 starting at 9:00 a.m. EDT weather permitting. The raising and installation will take place at the project site on the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Ministry Center complex at 9600 Union Road in Donaldson.

MoonTree Community is a Poor Handmaid ministry whose mission is to art, spirituality and ecology. It is one of several ministries at the PHJC Ministry Center that creates an intergenerational living and learning center providing opportunities for mutual interchange across generational lines for the complex's residents, co-workers, students, as well as the public.

Video of our new water tower being erected. Time-lapse photography is a cinematography technique where each...

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In 1993, naturalist/artist Sister Mary Baird identified a dilapidated poultry barn as a resource. She began turning that resource into a living space and workshop. This space became known as MoonTree Lodge.

The environment proved condusive to creativity. Gardens and prairies were planted. Sister Mary and friends made art. The environment attracted more naturalists, artists and other creative people.

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Ancilla College announced plans to continue the "We Believe in You" program for spring 2011.

Designed for prospective students 21-years and older who have never attended college,"We Believe in You" allows a student to take up to three credit hours free of charge.

n addition, all students in the program will have an academic advisor to assist them with all aspects of attending college for the first time, including the registration process, filing a financial aid application, determining their education opportunities, and more.

Community Weekend

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