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Quilt Fundraiser is a Labor of Love

Monday, 03 April 2017 09:30

Bethany Retreat House is Closing

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 13:55

In Memory of Sister Wilma Boeving, PHJC

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 10:14

Sister Wilma Boeving, (Dolores Ruth) PHJC passed away on March 26, 2017 at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana, just minutes after the Feast of the Annunciation.

The Feast of the Annunciation is a special Feast Day for the Poor Handmaids. Luke 1:26-38 tells of Gabriel's visit with the message that Mary will conceive and give birth to Jesus. Mary replies, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

Like Mary, Sister Wilma replied “yes” to being a Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. She entered the PHJC Community as a postulant on September 2, 1946 and professed her first vows on June 25, 1949. 

Sister Wilma was born on December 1, 1926 in St. Louis Missouri to William and Bertha (Tonnies) Boeving who preceded her in death along with her brothers, Cornelius and Wilbert and her sisters, Bernadine Ronnerman and Sister Bertram Boeving, PHJC. 

Sister Wilma studied Liberal Arts at Ancilla College, Donaldson, received a bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition from Mundelein College, Chicago, and her Masters in Hospital Administration from St. Louis University. 

While attending college, Sister Wilma volunteered with the senior girls of Angel Guardian Orphanage in 1950. Her studies prepared her to be Dietary Director at St. Joseph Hospital Fort Wayne, Indiana and St. Mary Hospital in East St. Louis, Illinois. After returning to school for her Masters in Hospital Administration, she became Assistant Administrator at St. Mary Medical Center in Gary and Hobart, Indiana and Vice President at Ancilla Systems Health Service in Des Plaines and Elk Grove Illinois. Her career in health care ministry spanned 32 years and included service on various hospital and diocesan boards.

Sister Wilma also was a member of the Motherhouse Property Study in 1983 which led to the major renovation of the PHJC Motherhouse and creation of new ministries.  In addition, she served as a Pastoral Associate at St. John the Baptist Church in Quincy, Illinois, as Development Director for the Poor Handmaids, Administrator for Hincke/Sense Home in Belleville, Illinois and as Activity Director/Human Resource/Sacristan at Meredith Home in Belleville.  Sister Wilma volunteered at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville and Maria Care Center in Red Bud, Illinois until she retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2000. 

In regard to the many people whose lives she touched, she said, “I believe I was always enriched by those with whom I associated during my lifetime.  It takes a lifetime to extend my gratitude.  I pray that I did not lose the opportunity to show each person my gratitude to God for their important place in my life.”

Visitation will be held at the Catherine Kasper Home on Thursday, March 30, 2017 beginning at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) A Prayer Service will be held the same evening 7:00 p.m. 

Funeral Liturgy will be held in the Catherine Kasper Home Chapel on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 11:15 a.m. (EDT) Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson, Indiana. 

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

Word Gathering (Spring 2017)

Friday, 24 March 2017 12:04

IN THIS ISSUE…

  • Chapter of Affairs 2017
  • Bishop Rhoades Kicks Off Lampen Lecture Series
  • Earthworks Transforms Through Disciplined Collaboration
  • St. Joseph Formation House for the Mexican Pro-Region
  • In Pursuit of Sustainability
  • Sister Nola’s Suite to Comfort Those Needing End-of-Life Care
  • AmeriCorps Serves PHJC Ministries in Donaldson
  • A Dream Realized
  • Why: 2017 Spiritual Health Initiative
  • Announcing New Director
  • In Memory
  • HealthVisions Midwest Begins Certified Community Health Worker Training
  • Living Disciplined Collaboration
  • Immersed in Sacred Moments

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Sister Marjaleen Kelley (Kathleen Kelley) PHJC died on March 9, 2017 at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana. 

“If I could, I would,” was Sister Marjaleen’s motto. “I can’t just be a nun – I must be a GOOD nun and a GOOD teacher.” Choosing to be a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ enabled her to give the love of Christ to many students during her 60 years as a teacher. “I was able to reach children in a way that taught both of us how to be closest to God.”  

Sister Marjaleen ministered as teacher and organist in Chicago and Belleville, Illinois; Gary and Lake Station, Indiana. She served as an elementary school principal in Fort Wayne, Hammond, and Gary, Indiana.  From 2005 to 2011 she served  as a hostess/volunteer at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, Indiana.  Sister Marjaleen officially retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2011. 

Sister Marjaleen was born in Gary, Indiana on September 27, 1927 to James and Margaret (Mock) Kelley who preceded her in death with siblings James Kelley, Mary Isabelle Glenn, Margaret Lawrence, John Kelley, Dorothy Krasne, Evelyn Kelley, Eleanore Radigan, and Robert Kelley. 

Sister Marjaleen attended St. Mark Grade School and Lew Wallace High School in Gary. On September 8, 1945 she entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Congregation in Donaldson, Indiana and professed her first vows on June 26, 1948. Sister received her Bachelor of Education degree from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and her Masters of Education from St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  

Sister Marjaleen is survived by many nieces and nephews including Margo Ludwig, Sister Kathleen Kelley, PHJC and her close friend Sister Celine Tomasic, PHJC. 

Visitation will be held at the Ancilla Domini Chapel at The Center at Donaldson in Donaldson, Indiana on Sunday, March 12, 2017 beginning at 4:30 p.m.  A Prayer Service will be held that same evening at 7:00 p.m. EDT. 

Funeral Liturgy will be held in the Ancilla Domini Chapel at The Center at Donaldson in Donaldson, Indiana on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. EDT 

Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson. 

Memorial contributions in memory of Sister Marjaleen may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, Indiana 46513.

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