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Word Gathering (Fall 2019)

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 16:58

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious focus on the intersection of racism, migration, and climate crisis.

Mr. President, we beseech you to end all divisive and polarizing rhetoric

Dinner, concert, and overnight stay.

Sister Judith Diltz, PHJC was elected as General Superior of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Congregation

Sister Marguerite Niesen (formerly Sister Maurice), Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ, died on May 5, 2019 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana.  She was 90 years of age. 

Sister was born in Chicago IL.  Her parents John J. and Florence (Amann) Niesen preceded her in death along with her brother Gerald.  Sister is survived by her brother John and her sisters Rosemary Sprague and Ruth Martinez.  Sister Marguerite was the third of 5 siblings. 

Sister Marguerite entered the Poor Handmaid Community on September 3, 1947 and professed her vows on June 25, 1950. 

Sister Marguerite graduated from Alverno College Milwaukee WI with her B.A. in Math and History and received her Master’s Degree in History from DePaul University.  Sister began her ministry as an elementary teacher from 1950 until 1964. She served at St. Joseph Mishawaka IN; St. Mark Gary IN; St. Augustine Chicago IL and St. Monica Mishawaka IN.   In 1964 she moved to High School and ministered at Bishop Dwenger High School Fort Wayne IN, St. Augustine Chicago IL, Mater Dei High School Breese IL.  She completed her educational ministry as a college instructor for 10 years at Ancilla College in Donaldson, IN. In 2001 she moved to Community service and pursued her hobby of photography.  The many beautiful photo cards which can be purchased at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center are a testament to her skill as a photographer.  Sister stated “My joy is to capture the beauty in the ordinary. God provides the amazing subjects in every flower, tree, sky, sunrise, sunset, lakes and all of nature.  I try to preserve the moment for all to enjoy.” 

She officially retired to Catherine Kasper Home in October 2018 at The Center in Donaldson, IN and continued to create beautiful gift cards with her photography. 

Visitation will be held at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. EDT. A Prayer Service will be held that same evening at 7:00 p.m. EDT. 

The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at Catherine Kasper Home on May 92019 at 11:15 a.m. EDT. 

Following the Mass of Resurrection burial will take place in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson, Indiana. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ,

PO Box 1, Donaldson, Indiana 46513 or on

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Voice/Justice Pathway group would like the following bill to be brought to the Senate floor for a vote:

Co-workers and students gather in a classroom on a damp, early spring afternoon. Their hands move and flutter

Word Gathering (Spring 2019)

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 10:20

March 8-14 is National Catholic Sisters Week. Join us all week as we celebrate The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Sisters. 

Spiritual Direction was the term St. Ignatius of Loyola used to companion someone on their spiritual journey.

Jay Albright and Jessica Martinovic from Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF) were on Ancilla College campus Monday, Feb. 11

What made our past blessed and our present vibrant is what will make our future empowered.

In Memory of Sister Mary Boby, PHJC

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 13:45

Sister Mary Boby (Mary Frances Hanon), Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ, died on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. 

She was born in Gary, Indiana on December 23, 1923 to Otto and Fannie (Stocking) Hanon who preceded her in death along with her brothers Edward Hanon and George Lewis Hanon and her sisters Vivian Hanon, Vione Kelly, Catherine Flood, and Sister Margaret Hanon, PHJC. She was the sixth child of seven children. Sister Mary is survived by her son, George Boby Jr., her grandchildren Robert Boby, Jay Boby and Trisha Boby, 7 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. 

Sister Mary entered the Poor Handmaid Community in 1944 taking the name Sister Mary Georgia and left the Community in 1954. She then married George Boby Sr. in January 1956 and adopted his son, George Boby. After her husband’s death in 1995, Sister re-entered the Poor Handmaids Community in 2001 joining her sister, Sister Margaret Hanon PHJC.  Sr. Mary professed her final vows August 3, 2002. 

Sister Mary graduated with a B.S. in Education from Loyola University in Chicago, IL and received her master’s degree in Education from Loyola University in Chicago, IL. She was a teacher at St. Anthony School, Beckemeyer, IL; St. Monica’s School, Mishawaka, IN; and St. George School, New Ulm, MN.  When she left the community she continued as an educator at Columbus School, East Gary IN; St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station, IN; and Meister Elementary, Hobart Township, IN.  She loved playing the organ and after she was unable to play due to her failing eyesight she was observed tapping her fingers to the organ music during daily Mass.  From 2002 until 2013 Sr. Mary volunteered at the Catherine Kasper Home and continued this ministry after she moved to Catherine’s Cottage in 2006.  She officially retired on August 7, 2013 when she moved to the Catherine Kasper Home.

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