Poor Handmaid Sisters to return to Minnesota and Wisconsin

DONALDSON, Ind. – The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Sisters are organizing a “PHJC Coming Home” tour in Minnesota and Wisconsin from June 16 to 19 to reconnect with people in areas where they have ministered.

The Sisters have a rich and lengthy history of serving in Minnesota and Wisconsin beginning in 1884. In the Diocese of New Ulm, they operated and ministered at St. Alexander Home and Loretto Hospital in New Ulm from 1884 to 1979.

Fr. Alexander Berghold and Sister Flavia of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ are credited with initiating the creation of the Way of the Cross shrine on the hill above the hospital in New Ulm. The Poor Handmaids pushed wheelbarrows up the hill, hauling cobblestones to build the stations, rock walls, and pathways that exist today.  The shrine was completed in 1904.

On Saturday, June 18 at 11 a.m., the Poor Handmaids will be in New Ulm for a prayer service to honor the sisters who served in Minnesota and who are buried at New Ulm Catholic Cemetery. The service is open to the public.

At 2:30 p.m. on June 18, a reunion for former Poor Handmaid Sisters and alumni of Ancilla Domini High School in Donaldson, Ind., will take place at Our Lady of the Prairie Church in Belle Plaine, Minn. A Mass will be offered at 4:15 p.m. and a reception and program will follow. All are invited.
 
On Sunday, June 19, at 8:30 a.m. the Sisters will join the congregation at the Church of St. George in West Newton Township for Mass celebrated by Bishop John M. LeVoir. Brunch and a program will follow. There is no charge for the brunch.
 
For more information, visit www.poorhandmaids.org/cominghome or call 574-935-1768.