Current Events

Current Events

Following a process of discernment and prayer, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Chapter delegates, during the Provincial Chapter of Elections held April 5-7, elected a leadership team who will direct them during the next four years. Sister Judith Diltz was elected provincial and Sister Michele Dvorak as first councilor. Sister Loretta Schleper and Sister Carole Langhauser were elected as councilors.

Sister Judith Diltz, a native of Mishawaka, Indiana, took her first vows as a Poor Handmaid on August 6, 1969. Since that time she has ministered in education and served the Poor Handmaid Community. She taught English at various schools in Indiana and Illinois and served as the PHJC Vocation Director, Postulant /Affiliate Director, and Director for Development. Currently she is a Professor of English and Humanities and Faculty Assessment Coordinator at Ancilla College in Donaldson, Indiana.

Sister Michele Dvorak has ministered in education since 1976. She has been a teacher and principal in Indiana and Illinois and currently is an Associate Professor at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana where she also held the position of Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. Sister Michele was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and took her first vows on August 15, 1976.

Sister Loretta Schleper has served in different ministries since taking her first vows on August 6, 1965. She has been the Assistant Director at Villa Maria in Donaldson, an occupational therapist, house coordinator, nurse assistant, staff chaplain, the Director of Community Health Improvement program at HealthVisions of Fort Wayne and currently serves as the Volunteer Coordinator at Sojourner Truth House, a ministry sponsored by the Poor Handmaids in Gary, Indiana. Sister Loretta was born in Highland, Illinois.

Sister Carole Langhauser, born in Breese, Illinois has been in healthcare since taking her first vows on August 11, 1974. She has served as a staff nurse, oncology clinical nurse specialist at various hospitals in Indiana and Illinois and currently serves as the Vice-President of Mission Integration at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Sister Carole also ministered in Thailand in 1980.

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ community promised unity, support and collaboration to the new team during the next four years. Installation of the leadership team will be held on July 7, 2013 in the Ancilla Domini Chapel, Donaldson, Indiana.

Hot Off the Press

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 16:54
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

Thursday, 21 March 2013 11:21
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.

PHJC Ministry Center Changes Name

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 15:49
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

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 13:05
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 to hold Teleconference

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:17
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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