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In Memory of Sister Richilde Dettmer, PHJC

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 10:19

Sister Richilde Dettmer, (Pauline) PHJC passed away on January 22, 2017 at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana.

Sister Richilde was born on March 23, 1919 in Hartington, Nebraska to George and Theresa (Frigge) Dettmer who preceded her in death along with her step-mother, Rosa (Alfes) and seven brothers: Father Aloysius, Ted, Clement, Edmund, John, Leonard and Father Alfred.

Leaving Nebraska, the family moved to Donaldson, Indiana where her father and brother found work with the Poor Handmaid Sisters. She started work at the hospital in LaPorte, Indiana, which was owned by the Poor Handmaids. The Sisters at the hospital impressed her with their simple living and prayerful life so much so, that she decided to join the congregation.

She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Community as a postulant on December 23, 1937 and professed her first vows on June 25, 1940. 

Sister Richilde studied Liberal Arts at Ancilla College, Donaldson and Chicago City Junior College; Nursing at St. Francis College, Joliet, Illinois; and Sociology at Loyola University, Chicago.

Her desire to travel and experience new cultures led her to volunteer to care for Cambodian refugees in Thailand in the 1970s. She stated in her 2015 jubilee reflection, “My experience in Thailand opened my eyes to a greater awareness of poverty in the world and my need to support those who work there with my prayers.”

Sister Richilde’s 42 years of loving care as a nurse took her to many ministries. She began her nursing career in 1943 at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana. She also ministered at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Chicago; St. Joseph Hospital, Ashland, Wisconsin; St. Mary Home, Carlyle, Illinois; St. Vincent Villa, Fort Wayne; St. Vincent Home, Quincy, Illinois; St. Mary Hospital, East St. Louis, Illinois; Carlyle Shelticenter, Carlyle, Illinois; Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson; Meredith Memorial Home, Belleville, Illinois; and Beacon House, Burlington, Iowa.  For several years she provided nursing care to the migrant workers near Plymouth, Indiana and in San Juan, Texas. She retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 1998. 

Visitation will be held at the Catherine Kasper Home on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 beginning at 4:00 p.m. (EST) A Wake Service will be held the same evening at 4:30 p.m. EST. 

Funeral Liturgy will be held in the Catherine Kasper Home Chapel on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 11:15 a.m. (EST) Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson, Indiana. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson.

Word Gathering (Winter 2016)

Thursday, 29 December 2016 12:53


  • Blessed Catherine Kasper Award Honor
  • College Thanks Donors
  • Student Realizes the Dream
  • Music Gives New Look on Life
  • Fire and Land Stewardship: Burning Questions
  • Lindenwood Presents New Collaborative Leadership Program to Help Gather the Lost Sheep
  • Filling Empty Bowls
  • Coming Home: Are you Jesus?
  • Sister Mary Carolyn Welhoelter Remembers Meeting Saint Mother Teresa
  • Chapter: A Renewed Spirit
  • Advancing the PHJC Charism through Volunteerism
  • CARA Study Report on the Associate-Religious Relationship
  • General Leadership Visits the United States
  • In Memory
  • Mother and Daughter Share the Love of Crafting
  • Golden Jubilee
  • Refugee Summit Addresses Challenges of Immigrants
  • Mississippi Moves the Heart

Word Gathering (Fall 2016)

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 16:31


  • Ancilla Blessing / Naming Ceremony for Second Resident Hall Brings Crowd
  • Meet Adam Thada, Our New Director of Ecological Relationships
  • 17th Annual Walk for STH
  • A Partnership, and Friendships Blossom
  • Cemetery Crew Practices Seventh Corporal Work of Mercy
  • The HEALing Continues
  • PHJC Volunteer Program
  • Reflections of Restoration
  • Fairytales Do Come True: 14th Annual Nazareth Home Gala
  • Sister Elvia: Perpetual Profession as a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ
  • Back to Community Care
  • PHJCs Welcome an Affiliate
  • "Music to Memory" Comes to Catherine Kasper Home through Eagle Scout Project
  • Caught in the Whirlwind of the Spirit
  • Coming Home to Northwest Indiana - Schedule of Events

Saint Katharina's Calendar Club is the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ monthly giving program. Members of Katharina’s Calendar Club are those who have chosen to support the ministries of the Poor Handmaids with their ongoing monthly donations. These monthly donations help children in Mexico receive a meal at a soup kitchen; help with medical care for those who cannot afford treatment at a hospital in Africa and help serve those in need in the United States. Through the generosity of these monthly donations, members help care for our retired Sisters, tutor and educate young people, help single mothers gain skills in order to support their families and much, much more.

These ongoing donations help bring God’s compassion and care to many others. Each month we can count on these gifts to help carry on the mission of the Poor Handmaids. And for each gift, we are grateful.

If you would like information on monthly giving to Katharina’s Calendar Club, please contact Alicia Hammonds, Donor Relations Officer, at (574) 935-1725 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Gifts may be made through the mail or by automatic credit card deduction. Members receive a Katharina’s Calendar Club Certificate, giving envelopes to be used throughout the year, and a calendar of photos taken by Sister Marguerite Niesen, PHJC, from the grounds at The Center at Donaldson.

Word Gathering (Summer 2016)

Monday, 18 July 2016 15:06


  • The Center at Donaldson Receives Indiana Bicentennial Green Legacy Award
  • Art Mirrors Life in Marshall County
  • “You Will Be My Witness”
  • From Earthworks to Yellowstone National Park
  • Updates from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation
  • Ancilla College Volleyball Celebrates Alumni
  • Updates from Catherine Kasper Life Center
  • Nazareth Home Volunteer Follows in the Footsteps of Blessed Catherine Kasper
  • For Whom the Bells Toll
  • 2016 Poor Handmaid Jubilarians Celebrate
  • Holy Week Mission in Mexico
  • Groundbreaking: The Village of Hope
  • Earthworks Welcomes New Director
  • PHJC Associates – Beyond Our Borders
  • 2nd Annual Nazareth Home Char-a-Tea
  • An Update from the PHJC Volunteer Program
  • In Memory of Our Sisters

Associating News Summer 2016

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 16:03


  • Companions on the Journey Retreat 2016
  • NACAR 20th Anniversary Celebration
  • Associate Community 2016 Upcoming Events
  • East Three - Service
  • East Three - Faith-Share
  • What's Going on at MoonTree Studios This Summer?!
  • PHJC Associates Beyond Our Borders
  • In Memory of Our Sister and Associate
  • Upcoming Events at John XXIII Retreat Center
  • For Whom The Bells Toll

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