Current Events

Current Events


I came to St. John Orphanage in the early 70s as a 5-year-old little girl along with my brother Kenny who was severely abused by our mother. I remember Sr. Roberta and Sr. Theresa the most. Sr. Roberta worked with the boys and Sr. Theresa worked with us girls. My brother Kenny lived there with me for a couple of years and I know he gave Sr. Roberta a run for her money! (I'm sure I did! LOL) I remember her being tough and she would get out there with us kids and play kick ball, softball or whatever we were doing as an activity. Thank you for that Sr. Roberta.

Thank You For Your Support

Friday, 18 May 2012 15:36


The Poor Handmaids would like to thank you for your support and prayers for the American Sisters and the Leadership Conference for Women Religious. We ask for your continued support and provide this prayer by Sister Chris Koellhoffer, IHM.


Friday, 27 April 2012 09:40
Open Poetry Contest 2012

The PHJC Ministry Center, as an intergenerational living and learning center, is a community of individuals who create an environment of mutual exchange across generational lines. We intentionally and mutually invite and encourage one another to live community in a sustainable, creative and spiritual way.

Selected entries from this competition will be read and authors recognized at a reception at the PHJC Ministry Center in Donaldson, Indiana on Tuesday, September 18.

Below are the eligibility requirements and entry form:

This is why we walk

Thursday, 26 April 2012 09:49

Recipients of Sojourner Truth House services are deeply thankful for even the small things that we take for granted.

Cassandra* (not her real name) never had a birth certificate. Without one, she couldn't get a driver's license, she couldn't vote, she couldn't get a social security card, she couldn't open a bank account, and she wasn't able to obtain a real job.

2011 Burmese Health Needs Survey Results

Thursday, 26 April 2012 09:26

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation in partnership with HealthVisions of Fort Wayne and the Indiana Minority Health Coalition are released their results of a research survey on the health care experiences of Burmese community members. The survey, created by the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, was conducted by the Foundation in 2011 and included questions on experiences relating to language, cultural sensitivity and access to care, as well as perceived challenges and gaps in service related to both physical and mental health needs. Foundation staff and volunteers interviewed approximately 175 Burmese individuals; conducted focus groups from 3 different Burmese ethnic groups and one health care provider group; and interviewed 15 different community stakeholders which included ethnic leaders, health care professionals and other refugee service providers on the same topic(s).

PHJC support LCWR

Monday, 23 April 2012 10:56

The members of the Provincial Leadership Team of the American Province of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ are members of LCWR, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. As women religious we continue our daily response to faithfully living the Gospel.

Holy Week Schedule for Ancilla Domini Chapel

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:22
Holy Week

Holy Week Services Schedule for Ancilla Domini Chapel

DONALDSON, IN - The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ invite all to attend the Holy Week Services at the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Ministry Center.

Giving a big hand for little hands

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:52
IN USE BY LITTLE HANDS | Some little ones enjoy table time in the new Child Enrichment Center at Sojourner Truth House. | photo by Lillian Beasley

Sojourner Truth House’s Child Enrichment Center a community gift

GARY, IN – March 26, 2012 – A room inside Sojourner Truth House has been converted into a new Child Enrichment Center, thanks to the creativity and generosity of some Northwest Indiana partners.

The newly refurbished room, which opened March 20 at the Gary day center, is intended to inspire interaction, in a healthy environment, among homeless and at-risk mothers and their children who are clients of Sojourner Truth House.

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