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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 www.poorhandmaids.org.

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.

In Memory of Sister Julia Huelskamp, PHJC

Monday, 29 October 2018 08:20

Sister Julia Huelskamp, Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ died on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. 

She was born in Breese, Illinois on December 24, 1933 to Joseph and Eleanor (Foppe) Huelskamp who preceded her in death along with her brothers, Herman, Gerald, Dennis, Jerome, Erwin, Lawrence and her sister Geraldine Luebbers. She was the sixth child of 13 children. Sister Julia is survived by her brothers David and Thomas and sisters Rose Saufnauer, Eleanor Fiascone, Lorine Wikman and Joseph Benoff. 

As far back as she could remember, Sister Julia wanted to be a Sister. She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Congregation as a novice in 1952 and professed her first vows in 1954. The PHJC charism of simplicity, hospitality and attentive listening to God made Sister Julia very comfortable. She said, “I can be my best self in our community. Our community values are much the same as the values I grew up with in my own family.” 

Sister Julia graduated with a B.S. in Home Economics from Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI and received her master’s degree in Biology from St. Mary College in Winona, MN. She was a teacher at St. Mark School, Gary, IN; St. Mary School, East Chicago, IN; St. John the Baptist School, Quincy, IL; and Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne, IN. She served in child care and as a high school teacher at Angel Guardian Orphanage in Chicago. She also served as Coordinator of Group Homes at Young House in Burlington, IA and at Boys Hope in Evanston, IL. She was the Food Service Director at St. Joseph’s Carondelet, Chicago. Sr. Julia served as a member of the PHJC Provincial Leadership Team and also lovingly cared for many Poor Handmaid Sisters as the local Leader at Catherine Kasper Home from 1998-2006. She continued ministering at the PHJC Motherhouse as a volunteer for Hospice and enjoyed her favorite pastime of quilting and working on puzzles. 

When reflecting back on her service, Sister Julia said, “I met many challenges with every position I had. I thank God for all my experiences and feel each experience prepared me for the next. I have trusted the Holy Spirit to guide and direct me.” 

Sister Julia moved to the Catherine Kasper Home on August 1, 2018. 

Visitation will be held in the Ancilla Domini Chapel at The Center at Donaldson, Indiana on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 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 in the Ancilla Domini Chapel at The Center at Donaldson, Indiana on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 11:00 am EDT. 

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, Indiana 46513 or on www.poorhandmaids.org.

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