Bicentenary Birthday of St. Katharina Kasper, our Foundress
Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ celebrates the bicentenary birth anniversary of their Foundress
St. Katharina Kasper on 26 th May, 2020 amidst Covid-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown.
Our General Leadership Team prepared a special prayer for this great event and circulated it to
all the provinces and pro-regions of our Congregation.
We had a meaningful celebration of bicentenary birthday in all our communities in St. Mary’s
Province, Bangalore. At the end of their reflective Morning Prayer Service in Seva Nilaya,
Bangalore the Sisters processed to their campus and planted a memorial plant honouring the
As we contemplate this great event of the bicentenary birthday of our Foundress, St. Katharina
we are overwhelmed with gratitude to God for the gift of her to the Holy Catholic Church and to
the world at large. Though 200 years have passed since Katharina’s birth, and 122 years since
her death, her legacy is as fresh a blessing now as it was in her 78 years upon Earth. Her vibrant
relationship with the Spirit continues to impel and activate us in our day and age. The outreach
of the Spirit through her to those in need of charity, justice, hope and human presence is as
needed in this era as it was in two centuries ago.
We believe it is her intercession that brought Poor Handmaid presence in India as well. We have
touched the lives of many through the ministries of health, education, social action and pastoral
service. During these 50 years of growth, struggle and service we have been accompanied by the
example and charism of our dear Mother. She had a particular attentiveness to the needs of the
poor and the suffering. We continue in her love and attentiveness by serving the poor and
marginalized in multiple ways.
During these years we have received countless blessings of support, gratitude and relationship
with those we minister to and minister with. Christ has been present in us and among us and is
especially present in the lives of those deprived of their full potential by poverty and injustice.
We pray as we celebrate the 200 th anniversary of her birth that we may be as openly receptive to
the movement of the Spirit as she was and continues to be through us.