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The General Chapter of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ
The General Chapter of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ was held from 25th April to 16th May 2019 with the theme “Venture into the Deep.” On the 25th we celebrated the Solemn Opening Mass imploring the Spirit of God to bless and accompany the whole group during the forthcoming days of the Chapter.
Golden and Silver Jubilee Celebration
On the 30th May 2019, Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ celebrated the golden jubilee of the religious profession of Sr. Viannis and the silver jubilees of Srs. Jacintha, Justin, Roshni, Sneha, Sabitha, Vandhana and Vinaya.
Srs. Sneha, Vandhana and Vinaya are members of the St. Joseph province and were invited to celebrate with their companions.
Most Rev. Dr. Peter Machdo, Archbishop of Bangalore, presided over the Holy Eucharist and Rt. Rev. Chacko Thottumarickal SVD, Bishop of Indore and nine priests co-celebrated with him.
As per our Chapter 2016 decision, a course combined with a retreat on Psycho-Spiritual Integration was arranged on May 25-29 and June 1-5. There were fifty participants.
It was indeed a unique experience for most of the participants. The retreat presenter, Rev. Fr. KC Thomas Sdb, brought the participants to a new awareness of the connection between body, mind, and spirit and how each is interrelated with the whole person.
24.11: November 24th, 2018 was a memorable day in the history of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, St. Mary Province, Bangalore, as we celebrated the Thanksgiving Mass in honour of the canonization of our foundress, St. Katharina Kasper in our parish church. Rt. Rev. Bishop Emeritus Bernard Moras solicited the Eucharist Concelebrated by Rt. Rev. Bishop Jose Porunnedom the bishop of Mananthavady Syro- Malabar diocese, our Parish Priest John Abraham, along with many priests.
Canonization of Blessed Catherine Kasper
For the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, the canonization of our Foundress, Saint Katharina Kasper, is a confirmation of what we have always known and treasured about her life and holiness. Our gratitude stems from the recognition of the universal Church that God’s goodness is manifested in her, so that we might share her witness of gospel living with the world. This simple but deeply spiritual peasant woman was canonized on Oct. 14 in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Italy, along with six other holy men and women of great charity.
First and Final Profession
Called to love and serve called to serve
Today, on May 24, the Feast of Mary Help of Christians was truly a grace – filled day for all of
us as Sr. Ramya PHJC made her Perpetual Profession of Vows: Chastity, Poverty and
Obedience in the Congregation of the Poor Handmaids Jesus Christ during the solemn liturgy
presided by Rt. Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras the Archbishop of Bangalore.
PHJC Constitution Retreat
Retreat on (PHJC) Constitutions took place month of June and July. The resource person was Sr. Joetta PHJC from the USA Province. Sister arrived on June 11th and departed on July 5th. Were three retreats
1. June 13 -18
2. June 20 – 25
Silver ruby and Golden Jubilee celebration
On May 12th, 2018 the Seva Nilaya chapel in Bangalore was filled with the sounds of jubilation, praise, and thanksgiving as our Jubilarians Sisters Alois,
Vincent, Suso celebrating 50, Sisters Anita, Lena, Vimala and Pauli 40, and Sr Jebamalai 25 years of religious profession. The main celebrant
Rev. Fr. Sahaya John director of NBCLC (National Biblical and Catechetical Centre) began the solemn celebration of the Eucharist with a note of
appreciation to the Jubilarians for their life of commitment through which they added joy to the community, witness values to the society and holiness of
the Church. In his homily, he stressed on the importance of leading a credible and joyful life witnessing the heart of the Gospel by...
The General, Provincial and Pro Regional leadership meeting of our Congregation was held in Dernbach, Germany from September 24 - 30, 2018 with the theme, “I am the Door.” There were around 50 members representing from six Provinces and four Pro Regions. Sr. Gonzalo, the General Superior, welcomed the gathering and officially opened the session.
Points from her talk included, “The GPPR meeting is challenging us as today’s pioneering women to see with new eyes, to explore with new hearts and to look for new possibilities as PHJC’s in future...