Current Events

Current Events

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.]

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.

New General Leadership Installed

Monday, 29 July 2013 00:00

On Saturday, July 27, the new PHJC General Leadership Team was officially installed in Dernbach, Germany.

Sisters Jolise May, Flora Vedamuthu and Christiane Huppert from the out-going Leadership Team, offered the new team bread and water, representing leadership’s responsibility to nourish each member of the congregation. A walking stick made of Lindenwood was also given representing direction of the congregation into unknown lands. Sr. Gonzalo Vakasseril (Superior), Sr. Annemarie Kampwerth (Vicaress), Sr. Shirley Bell (Councilor) and Sr. Barbara Spiegelhoff (Councilor) accepted these items, as well as the congregation's constitution, during a blessing given by Sr. Jolise, former General Superior.

After the celebration in the chapel, Sisters, friends and family gathered in the Motherhouse cafeteria for coffee and to celebrate together. Congratulations and blessings to the new PHJC General Leadership Team.

610 combined years as a Poor Handmaid

Monday, 15 July 2013 00:00

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

New Leadership Installed

Friday, 12 July 2013 00:00

On Sunday July 7, 2013, the Poor Handmaids’ newly elected Provincial Leadership Team was installed during a Mass in Ancilla Domini Chapel. Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Fort Wayne/South Bend Diocese presided. Bishop Dale J. Melczek of the Gary Diocese was a concelebrant along with several priests.

 

Sister Judith Diltz, Provincial, and Sisters Michele Dvorak, Carole Langhauser and Loretta Schleper, Councilors made their commitment to carry out their new responsibilities asking God for the strength to do their ministry.

Bishop Rhoades ended Mass with a congratulatory message to the Provincial Leadership Team reminding them that, “Without God we can do nothing; with God we can do anything.”

Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ delegates elected the Leadership Team at the conclusion of the Congregation’s governance meeting, Provincial Chapter, on April 7, 2013 in Donaldson. This team will govern the American Province of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ congregation until 2017.

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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.

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