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Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ present honorary plaques to Community Healthcare System
Marking their ongoing commitment and service to local communities, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ recently held commemorative services to welcome the new leadership of Community Healthcare System and formally avow their continued commitment to carrying out the Catholic mission at St. Catherine Hospital and St. Mary Medical Center.
At two separate services held in the chapels of each hospital on Jan. 21, the Poor Handmaids prayed and reflected upon their 74 years of service to, and sponsorship of, the hospitals from 1928 to 2001. St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart and St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago were acquired from Ancilla Systems, Inc., in October by Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana, Inc. The hospitals, together with Community Hospital in Munster, now form Community Healthcare System.
While the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ no longer sponsor St. Catherine or St. Mary, they will continue wholeheartedly to carry out their missions at each of the facilities and throughout the communities, said Sr. Kathleen Quinn, Chairperson of Ancilla Systems, Inc.
“During this transition and in the years to come, the mission will be to maintain a unified presence of the healing of Jesus Christ. We gather today as part of prayer to ritualize the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ’s presence,” Quinn said during the services.
Sr. Jolise May, provincial for the Poor Handmaids, presented commemorative plaques to Joann Birdzell, administrator of St. Catherine Hospital, Milton Triana, administrator of St. Mary Medical Center, and John Mybeck, assistant to the president of Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana, Inc. The plaques recognize St. Catherine Hospital and St. Mary Medical Center, and bear the message, “May the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Healthcare Mission Flourish.”
“In accepting these plaques, I ask that you please know that the goal of Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana is to continue to make St. Catherine Hospital and St. Mary Medical Center grow in spirit and tradition,” Mybeck said during the services. “These plaques and the services today demonstrate the loyalty and commitment that I hope we can continue to exemplify. We will do all in our power to extend the good care to the community that the Poor Handmaids have provided throughout the years.”
The plaques will be prominently displayed in each of the hospitals.