In Memory

In Memory

In Memory of Sister Philomene Pawlik, PHJC

Thursday, 26 December 2013 12:41

Sister Philomene Pawlik, PHJC passed away on December 25, 2013 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to Hugo and Filomena (Romanovsky) Pawlik in Knox, Indiana on July 6, 1923. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1944.

Sister Philomene began ministering in the medical profession in 1946 at St. Anne Hospital, Chicago.  Over the next 51 years she served as a nursing, medical and surgical supervisor; clinical instructor; pediatric playroom supervisor; in pastoral care; or Sister hostess at many medical facilities throughout Indiana and Illinois. When the Catherine Kasper Home opened in 1970, she became the first head nurse and between 1985-1989, she served as Parish Ministry volunteer at Our Lady of Prairie in Belle Plaine, Minnesota.

Sister Philomene retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 1997.

Once when reflecting back on her life, Sister Philomene said the most comforting word to her was faith – faith in God and faith in the people that touched her life.  She said being a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ meant to love and work in the presence of God and in the footsteps of Blessed Catherine Kasper.

May Sister Philomene rest in peace!

Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, IN 46513.

In Memory of Sister Vivian Brand, PHJC

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 00:00

Sister Vivian Brand, PHJC passed away on November 17, 2013 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to Henry and Josephine (Foppe) Brand in Germantown, Illinois on April 11, 1917. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1938.

Sister Vivian spent her whole life in education.  She began teaching in 1940 at St. Boniface School in Edwardsville, Illinois and in 1946 she taught at St. Augustine High School in Chicago, Illinois.  In 1946 she came to Donaldson to be the assistant dean/dean, librarian and teacher at Ancilla High School and later, as teacher, dean, professor and library volunteer at Ancilla College.  From 1946 until her death she lived and worked in Donaldson.  She will be buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Donaldson. 

Regarding education, Sr. Vivian said, “Serving God’s poor in the education ministry was rewarding, especially in the college.  Many students were nontraditional; many were the first in their families to attend college.  Helping them to attain marketable skills to support themselves and their families fulfilled a purpose of the college.”

May Sister Vivian rest in peace!

Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, IN 46513.

Sister Jeanette Schutte, PHJC, passed away on June 3, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She was born to Walter and Bertha Schutte in Quincy, IL on February 9, 1924. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1945.

Sister Jeanette touched the lives of many people throughout her life. Between 1945 and 1962 she taught school in Chicago and East Chicago and Gary, Indiana.

In 1962 she became the Postulant Director for the Poor Handmaids. In 1969 she returned to teaching and was principal for the next four years in schools in Carlyle and Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

From 1973 – 1979 Sister Jeanette was a Provincial Team Member and served the Poor Handmaid community. From 1979 to 1997 she ministered in Richmond Minnesota, and at St. Mary’s School and St. Boniface in Edwardsville, Illinois. Since 1997, Sr. Jeanette has served the poor and hungry in Cairo, Illinois at The Kitchen Table, a soup kitchen run by the Belleville Diocese.

Sister Jeanette had said, “Through all my ministries, my mission has been the same; namely, to receive and to share God’s love and compassion. Many, many persons I have met on my journey have shown me the face of Christ by their steadfast faith and by the joy of their daily lives.”

May Sister Jeanette rest in peace!

Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, IN 46513.

Sr. Jeanette and Sr. Mary Carolyn sitting on the front steps of their house.

Sr. Mary Carolyn and Sr. Jeanette sitting on the front steps of their house.

Sister Johnel Kunkel, PHJC, passed away on May 19, 2013 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to John and Elizabeth (Rolfers) Kunkel in Carlyle, Illinois on April 26, 1916. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1945.

Sister Johnel began her ministry in education in 1945, teaching at various schools in Quincy, Chicago and Breese, Illinois and Gary and Donaldson, Indiana. In 1988 she began her 15-year ministry at Ancilla College as Dean of the College transitioning in 1995 to become Special Assistant to the President until 2003. She states, “As a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ I had the opportunity, the privilege and the pleasure to help many students and their families to grow closer to God in their daily lives and also to become better educated. Helping others has indeed been a blessing for me.” She retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2008 at the age of 92.

Sister Johnel celebrated her 60th Jubilee in 2005. In her Jubilee reflection she states, “My hopes and dreams and my prayers will continue, as in the past, for my own future and that of the Poor Handmaid congregation. I place all in the hands of God and Blessed Mary Catherine Kasper. Our dreams have materialized in the beatification of our foundress. I hope the future will bring her canonization since the community she founded is now an international community.”

May Sister Johnel rest in peace!

Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, IN 46513.

October 13, 1918 - May 12, 2013

Sister Lucille Ardelean, PHJC, passed away on May 12, 2013 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to George and Mary (Estrovan) Ardelean in East Chicago, Indiana on October 13, 1918. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1939.

Sister Lucille began teaching at St. Patrick’s School (Arcola, Indiana) in 1939. She continued teaching for the next 50 years at various schools in Indiana, Illinois and Minnesota. Her next ministry was in pastoral care. For seven years, she was able to bring much happiness and care to the elderly and ill in the parish and nursing home in Belle Plaine, Minnesota. She retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2009 at the age of 91.

Sister Lucille celebrated her 70th Jubilee in 2009. In her Jubilee reflection she states, “The greatest joy of my Jubilee year is to continue my lifelong love and following of the Blessed Mother and Blessed Catherine Kasper in helping others as much as I can as long as God grants me the good health to do so.”

May Sister Lucille rest in peace!

Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, IN 46513.

October 22, 1930- March 7, 2013

Sr. Judian Breitenbach, PHJC

Sister Judian Breitenbach, PHJC, 82, died March 7, 2013 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born Mary Gertrude Breitenbach to Aloysius John and Augusta Catherine (Daniel) Breitenbach in LaPorte, Indiana.

In 1950 she entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ congregation in Donaldson, Indiana and professed first vows on July 25, 1952.

A graduate of Ancilla College, Donaldson and St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, Fort Wayne, she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Loyola University, Chicago and her Masters of Science Degree in Nursing and a Minor in Nursing Administration from Marquette University, Milwaukee.

For 25 years she was involved in the nursing profession eventually going into nursing administration and management in various PHJC hospitals. In 1979 she was appointed Administrator of the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson. In 1983 she was appointed chairperson of the Board of Directors for Ancilla Systems Incorporated, the Poor Handmaid hospital healthcare system. In 1990 she returned to Donaldson and was appointed the Administrator of the PHJC Ministry Center. After completing her ministry at the ministry center, she pursued her interest in holistic healing.

Sister Judian worked with the ideas of Deepak Chopra, MD and others, and became the Executive Director of the Healing Arts Center in Mishawka, IN. She then became a consultant for Pastoral Care and Complementary Healing at LaPorte Hospital Health Services. In 2002 Sister Judian opened the Namaste Center where she was committed to the wellness and healing of individuals and an advocate for holistic healing. In addition to her ministry at Namaste Center, she was currently the chairperson of Sojourner Truth House Board in Gary, IN.

She was a member of the Rotary Club and was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in 2012 and was named one of the interesting people in the Michiana Area by the Executive Journal.

Sister Judian is survived by her brothers, Brother Clarence Breitenbach, CSC of Notre Dame, Indiana and Leo (Jackie) Breitenbach of Valparaiso, Indiana and her sister Lauretta (Kenneth) Hanson of LaPorte.

Burial was Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson on March 11, 2013.

Memorial donations may be made to the Namasté Center, 1402 Lincolnway, LaPorte, IN 46350 or to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, P.O. Box 1, Donaldson, IN 46531.

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